Mesa Verde B and B's

Hello Sue and Bob,

Wayne and I had a very enjoyable visit at your B&B.  Thank you for making our stay a memorable occasion for our anniversary.

We thoroughly enjoyed the night skies and looking at the stars from your beautiful property.  The day spent at Mesa Verde exploring the cliff dwellings was very interesting.  Of course, one day wasn’t nearly long enough to see everything which means a return visit.

How are Chester, Oreo, JD and Morris.  We enjoyed them all, but especially Morris .  What a cute kitty!!!

We hope you are both doing well and hope to see you again soon.

Thank you for your gracious hospitality and the awesome breakfasts.

Wayne and Charlotte


During our recent visit to Mesa Verde, we found Sundance Lodge to surpass all of our expectations.  The rooms were spacious and clean and the kitchen well appointed.  The deck was wonderful for an evening glass of wine or watching the sun rise over the nearby mountains.  Our hosts, Bob and Sue Scott, were extremely considerate, being appropriately available when needed and equally important, appropriately absent.  Sundance Lodge was one of the highlights of our trip. 

William S from,  West Virginia.


Dear Sue & Bob,

We very much enjoyed our stay with you early last month.  When we left we drove on to Chaco and had a great time there before driving back to Phoenix.  Our trip had departed Phoenix the previous Thursday and included Sedona, Flag, Walnut Canyon, Red Mountain, the Grand Canyon, Betatakin at Navajo Nat Monument, Monument Valley, the Four Corners and, of course, your lovely home outside of Mancos, and Chaco.  As you know this was the first time west for Missy and Mindy had not been to any of the sites other than Sedona and the Canyon.  I always enjoy returning to AZ.  I think I would recommend seeing Mesa Verde off season – and avoid the crowds.  However, we were at the Canyon during Spring Break – and that was a mistake…

Thanks again for a great stay!

Bill, Mindy & Missy


Dear Sue,

thanks for your E-Mail. Unfortunately the “real life” has caught us totally again. It is now about three weeks ago (no, exactly 3 wks) that we have been in your lovely and nice place. We really enjoyed staying there, we enjoyed your hospitality and your nice home (as well as your cats and dogs) and also the nice company. It keeps in our mind much more than one of those anonymous but efficient motels and hotels we have seen everywhere. Thanks for that and we also hope to come again (not very soon – I guess).

Until then all the best for you both,

 Best Regards / Freundliche Grüße

Wolfgang S



Hi Sue,

Thanks for getting in touch…  the time we spent with you at Sundance Bear was great…  personally I wouldn’t change a thing (except maybe the dates)…

We had a wonderful room and a great host and hostess, we would like to thank you for your care and attention and we would recommend Sundance Bear to anyone who is thinking of staying with you.

Couldn’t have stayed at a nicer place…,

Best Wishes / Eddie & Jean (England)


Sue and Bob and Morris/Maurice,   Our wonderful retreat last weekend at Sundance carried us through the week.   We enjoyed the peace, the fireplace, the cat therapy, the comfortable room, the breakfast, and good conversation with you.   Sue, my regards to Hinsdale if you get back there before I do.  I hope your reunion will be a lot of fun.    You are on our list for future reference and we hope our paths will cross again,   Vicki & Don


Dear Sue and Bob,

Thanks a lot for your message. The stay at your lodge has been among the very best impressions during our trip. I still need some time to manage the jet leg and even more to arrange the photos and notes- I still have not finalized the pictures from the cruise!  May be I am bad organized but apart of nice traveling there are plenty of things to do for living, so I am back to job at full strength.

I am not registered at Facebook but can promise you to place some true nice words on the lodge at my web site as well as in the article in my magazine in April. You will get some photos beforehand. I have no idea when we could return to the 4 Corners- the trip is not short from Moscow but the Monuments Valley is still in my plans.

Again, thanks a lot for a warm hearted reception and all the best to you and pets with a special one to Moriz!

Yours sincerely, Olga and Yury


Dear Friends, Many Thanks for your e-card. Christmas has been very nice. The Sundance Bear Lodge is a wonderful memory for us. Our stay in your house was absolutely unexpected and marvelous. Thank you for giving us so much happiness… We wish you (Do not forget Maurice), a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year Astrid and Alain (september 2012)


Hello Sue and Bob

Regarding the pictures taken during our trip through the different National Parks of your beautiful country we share again all the nice things we saw and we will always remember the lovely stay with you.

I will put an appreciation at the different sites : trip adviser etc.

I don’t know what you can do to improve more your B&B , for 4 of us all was perfect : the welcome , the rooms , the breakfast , the surrounding. Unfortunately our schedule took not into account your B&B was worthy a longer stay.


We wish you a Merry Chrismas and a Happy Safe and Sound New Year.

Pimpernelle of Wezemael ( little doll )

Ludwig von Rotenburg ob der Tauber ( Little bear )

Douglas Mac Marolle (sheep )

Mademoiselle Daphne  (mice )

with their friends and parents

Monique and Luc

Anne and Luck


Good Morning Bob and Sue,

 Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

We truly enjoyed our visit.   I hope someday to return with my husband!

Everything was perfect…….the bed, the food, the coffee  and your hospitality.

ah, and Morris…………….


Saturday was a good travel day………watching the kids in costume board the Pumpkin Patch Express in Durango,  lunch in Pagossa Springs where Carlyle and I had stayed 40 some years ago, watching the train in Chama and then , what must be one of the best kept secrets in the USA,  the 100 mile drive  from Chama to Santa Fe.

 Peace, Sheila R       Aberdeen SD  and ABQ  NM

PS It was especially thoughtful of you to make the gluten free bread!

Preserve Colorado Experiences via Photographic memory

Everyone is taking pictures and videos and all the social media sites love pictures!  We have become a visual society.  The journey is beautiful; be sure to capture the photos for your memories.  What Kodak and Polaroid “started” has been consumed by all of  “I” tools from Apple.  Who would have thought that the iPhone would surpass typical cameras in the volume of photos taken?

Well, here in the 4 Corners  there are fantastic, very special photo opportunities.   Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site,  coaches visitors ahead of their arrival by including information on the park website which points out that afternoon is best at most sites.

But for those  who are serious about their photos,  fall hands-on seminars are the way to go.

A great photographers’ event is the special ride on the Durango Silverton Train on Sept. 28 and 29.  Bob Scott from Sundance Bear Lodge packed up his new Cannon Power Shot and  rode the train on the 2012 excursion, and is still exclaiming a year later  about what a grand experience it was!  The train photos and video on the Sundance Bear web site  ( were the product of  last fall’s excursion.

Amateur or professional photographer it doesn’t matter – the thrill is incredible to take photos or video as the train steams past in the Animas River high mountain gorge.  Multiple times during the trip the photographers disembark to set up for the next series of photos.  In 2014 the train will include some of the special, premium cars  with their distinctive Tuscan-red paint scheme. The following coaches are available for the Fall Photo Train:

Presidential Class Nomad — Originally built in 1878, is being brought out for this special train. First Class Knight Sky –Built in 2012, has a glass roof allowing for overhead viewing! The sides are open to the weather.    First Class Tall Timber — One of the cars built recently to transport the Soaring Treetop Adventures.   Deluxe Class Rio GrandeRelax in a roomier, adult atmosphere aboard this open-air observation gondola. This class features comfortable and larger overstuffed seats with more expansive viewing windows.  Deluxe Class San Juan with classroom workshop. A ‘rolling’ workshop with renowned landscape photographer Branson Reynolds on board to assist and instruct .

The D&SNG have thought of everything for this photo experience.  Call 888-872-4607 to reserve a seat.

Why sign up for a workshop?  Participants at Mesa Verde National Park will visit sites around the park at times designed to capture ideal lighting conditions, and at hours when they’re closed to the general public!  The Mesa Verde Association  has a three-day  photography workshop led by well known photographer and Northern Arizona University Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer. For further information or to register  call 800-305-6053. Don’t dilly dally; this workshop will be sold out.

The 2013 dates are  October 11-13 ( limited to 13 participants)  to ensure plenty of personalized coaching. Tuition includes three days of instruction,  all meals and the highlight is two dinners at the famed Metate Room Restaurant.  Visitors are typically stunned at how good this restaurant is!

Even  if you are unable to schedule one of these special photographer events, there is enormous beauty to capture everywhere you turn during fall in the San Juan Mountains.  Hike, horseback ride, bicycle or more and you’ll soon be in the midst of breath-taking beauty.  Colorado quaking aspen are the iconic photos. When was the last time you were awed by Mother Nature’s displays? In Colorado it happens every day!

Use Sundance Bear Lodge just outside of Mancos as your base camp while you photograph Mesa Verde or the beauty of the San Juan Skyway. Day trips in the national forest provide different photo opportunities at each elevation from 7000 to 9000 or higher. This world is worth exploring and photographing! Have you made Fall travel  plans yet?

The family can kick off their shoes, rest and enjoy the comforts of Sundance Bear while the photographer is gone for a day.  By the way, the wildlife photos hanging at Sundance Bear are the work of internationally recognized professional Thomas Mangelson.  Sundance Bear Lodge  accommodates up to 20 guests in three buildings.  The Lodge is B&B service; the Log Cabin  has a B&B option; Forest Edge guest house is self cater. Hot tub and sauna on site.  Two dogs and 2 cats to play with in case you left furry friends at home.

Contact Susan Scott 866-529-2480

Sundance Bear Lodge, Mancos, CO

Happy Holidays to all.
May the New Year bring us light from within and extend to those people and blessings around us.
May we all share in the joy and abundance of the earth with all her creatures and creations.
Let us open our hearts, our acceptance and our minds, to loosen our particular prejudices and to breath deeply, expanding our limitless potential />a little more than we did last year.
Peggy and Lee Cloy

“Some places merely contain you but Willowtail Springs envelopes you in its warmth and charm. What a wonderful restorative stay.” Francis

We hear that CA is getting snow — so there is hope that it will find its way to CO. Forecasters have said this will be another year of drought, which makes the winter sports enthusiasts unhappy — and the same goes for the ranchers and farmers.

Bring your hiking boots –and you can rent skis!  Bicycles are a big deal in the county — and with the drought, it looks like folks can keep on riding!

This week Mesa Verde holds its annual winter open house on Dec. 6.  Drop in if you are in the area for a night time view of Spruce Tree House and Christmas music.

Each local community is promoting a “Shop Local” campaign, with Durango’s Noel Night this weekend.  The Durango train continues to operate through the winter with the Polar Express and trips to Cascade Village (rather than Silverton).  Dolores plans to light up the town for Christmas, and leave many of the lights on throughout the year.  It is a quaint town north of Cortez on the Dolores River at McPhee Lake; the light show should be a nice touch for the community.

Whether there is snow or not — we hope to see you in Mancos this winter.  Willowtail Springs and Sundance Bear are open all year and the rates are super in this slower season!

Countdown to Lift Off –
Mancos Valley – Mesa Verde Country Balloon Festival
Takes Flight September 23 – 25

Take your fun to new heights this month in Mesa Verde Country. On Sept 23 – 25, we’ll be launching the 7th Annual Mancos Valley – Mesa Verde Country Balloon & Art Festival. The high desert landscape of Colorado’s Four Corners region is the backdrop for a weekend of art and awe-inspiring sights. Balloonists paint the sky every color of the rainbow at dawn, while on terra firma musicians and fine artists showcase and share their talents. A celebratory Fiesta Dinner is held on Saturday, September 24, which includes music, dancing, and a silent auction.
More colorful than a space-shuttle launch, more climactic than New Year’s Eve on Times Square; this is one countdown you won’t want to miss:
21 – Balloons, including many special shapes
3 – Spectacular Mass Ascensions
2 – Magical Balloon Glows
1 – Breathtaking Fall Weekend
0 – Dollars — It’s Free!

If you’ve never witnessed a mass ascension, you’re in for a treat. Three mass ascensions are scheduled (weather permitting) at 7:00 AM each day. With the help of their crews, balloon pilots lift off from one of two staging areas, filling the early morning sky with a kaleidoscope of color. Have your camera ready for this can’t miss photo op.
Keep that camera handy for the balloon glows that take place on Friday and Sunday nights at 7:15 PM. As the burner on the balloons is fired they “glow” like giant lanterns. The effect is both spectacular and magical. Always a favorite, this event never fails to charm and enchant kids of all ages.
But to really let your spirits soar, take a hot air balloon ride navigated by an experienced pilot. Rides are available each morning during the mass ascensions (weather permitting). As the ground sinks away, the vistas of Mesa Verde Country unfold including views of Mesa Verde National Park and the La Plata Mountains. Tethered balloon rides are also available.

An article reporting who is enjoying a BNB stay and what they look for in the experience:

Insights June 2011

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June 30th, 2011 by Peter Yesawich


The terms “bed & breakfast” (B&B) and “inn” conjure up romantic images of stately Victorian houses nestled among majestic oaks, graciously operated by entrepreneurs we secretly admire because they finally decided to follow their dream!  Yet how do these seductive images translate into market appeal? The results of our just-released 2011 Portrait Of American Travelers™ reveal the answer.

Fully one out of every eight (13%) American leisure travelers stayed at a B&B or inn at least once during the previous year.  This incidence rises to one out of six (17%) among leisure travelers with an annual household income of $125,000 or more.  And a remarkable eight out of ten (79%) leisure travelers express interest in staying at a B&B during the year ahead!  Why is this notion so appealing?  Not surprisingly, it’s the lure of their distinctive ambiance.

When asked why they patronize B&Bs and inns, leisure travelers who did so during the previous year cited reasons ranging from the personalized service delivered by innkeepers, to the social aspects and “home-cooked food” as revealed below:

Very/Strongly Agree %





I enjoy the private, less crowded, quiet ambiance of small Inns/B&Bs 64
I like to try new things when traveling 56
Inns/B&Bs provide a better sense of the local culture 56
I enjoy the personalized service of the host innkeeper(s) 54
I like the unique architecture/décor of Inns and B&Bs 53
I like the home-cooked food 52
Inns/B&Bs are much more romantic than traditional hotels/motels 47
I feel more pampered at an Inn/B&B than in a traditional hotel/motel 45
I like to interact with other guests during breakfast or social hours 39
It’s a more affordable escape than I would find at a traditional hotel/motel 37
They generally have a pet-friendly policy 19

Among leisure travelers who express interest in staying at a B&B or inn on a future trip, the home-like ambiance and amenities they expect to find in these properties are the primary reasons why:

Attributes of B&Bs Rated Very/Extremely Desirable %





Comfortable bed/linens 92
Friendly staff 91
Complimentary, freshly prepared breakfast 88
Having time just to relax and unwind 87
Knowledgeable innkeepers 80
Opportunities to taste different or unusual cuisines 68
Free Wi-Fi 67
Romantic ambiance 63
Distinctive theme or atmosphere 59
Distinctive architecture 55
The ability to reserve a specific room with unique decoration or theme 53
Other interesting guests 41

Clearly, consumers believe B&Bs and inns offer an alluring residential ambiance that is not found in most conventional hotels and resorts.  When combined with the personal touches of the host innkeeper, this appeal is very alluring.

For further information on emerging lifestyle and travel trends revealed in the  Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American TravelersTM please visit the Publications section of

Info compliments of Mesa Verde Country:

Find Your Mountain Biking Nirvana in Mesa Verde Country
Rugged by nature, mountain bikers love the outdoors and all that goes along with it – fresh air, great views, and the exhilaration of going off road – mentally and physically. With 40 rides and nearly 500 miles of mountain biking trails that take riders from the canyon floor to the cliff’s edge, there’s a trail for every rider in Mesa Verde Country, from novice to pro. As the zenith of summer quickly approaches, now is the time to get out of town, get out of your head, and get in the zone; your personal mountain biking nirvana is located in Mesa Verde Country.

Some places in the southwest are known as mountain biking Meccas, drawing thousands of riders to a limited number of trails where the joy of a summer ride is tainted by the pressure to keep up, look good, or go along with the crowd. Relatively undiscovered, Mesa Verde Country’s single track, dual tracks and even paved trails offer miles of thrills and unmatched scenery, minus the pack mentality.
There are over 40 trails in Mesa Verde Country, here’s a quick glimpse at three of them:

Dolores River Canyon — Easy for the first eleven miles, then this trail steps up to an advanced ride for the next ten. This ride is also referred to as the Snaggletooth Trail and is perfect for exploring the scenic Dolores River. The first part of the trail is relatively flat with a few short climbs and downhill stretches. Riders can turn around here, or continue on for a more challenging ride.

Phil’s World — Ten miles of single track for intermediate and advanced riders. Look for lots of jumps and short hills that have been described as rollercoaster rides. The track is considered very fast and is well maintained by the local mountain biking club.
“Phil’s World is fast becoming a destination point for mountain bikers from around the country,” says Jimbo Fairley, co-owner of Kokopelli Bike and Board in Cortez. “The rolling terrain and layout of the trail make it a fun, fast, flowing ride.” “Whether a visitor participates in the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde relay race held every May, or just comes to ride, few places in the country can surpass the views and the rides found on Phil’s World and other area trails.”
Aspen Loop & Windy Gap — Spectacular views await riders on this 22- mile, intermediate dirt road trail, so be sure to bring a camera. Aspen groves morph into spruce and fir forests as the trail ascends. Be sure to look for the Jersey Jim fire lookout tower. After the 2,000 foot climb over 8 miles, the trail begins to descend.
Find your personal mountain biking nirvana on these and 37 other trails in Mesa Verde Country. Order your free Mesa Verde Country Travel Planner to find out where to bike, stay, eat and more on your next off-road adventure.


Many of our guests are taking advantage of our Rejuvenating Retreat which combines a stay at Willowtail Springs with either Tai Chi or Art lessons.  Deep discounts are offered all year for these Retreats!

Think of a 4 night or more respite at this beautiful place combining both rest and learning.  It could change your attitude and your outlook from a busy schedule.

Connect to our site on Abode at Willowtail Springs and check it out on “What’s New” or in more detail on the Workshop page of that site.

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