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Lakeside Lounging

June 24, 2019 by Herb Sayers

How to spend a day on the water in SW Colorado

When you stay at O-Bar-O, you’ll be able to enjoy your very own cozy cabin, nestled in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. Our location is quiet, quaint, and boasts peaceful seclusion, while still being a short distance from downtown Durango, hiking trails, and lakes.

2018 – 19 provided a long, snow-filled winter. And now that summer has arrived, the warmer temperatures have led to snowmelt, which means great conditions for our local lakes. The water is high and the activities are plentiful this year!

We have good news for those who love a day on the water: O-Bar-O has two beautiful lakes within a stone’s throw from our property. Lemon Reservoir is a quick 5 miles down the road, and the larger Vallecito Reservoir is only 10 miles away. These pristine areas offer great mountain views, fantastic recreational opportunities, and will provide for a lovely day in the great outdoors.


Lemon Reservoir

Spend a day on the water in the Upper Florida Valley at the beautiful Lemon Reservoir. There’s something for everyone in the family to do, between fishing, hiking, biking, or boating. 

Fly fishing is popular at this lake, boasting the opportunity to catch brown trout, rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon. Be sure to pack your gear! 

This is also a perfect area to try paddle boarding or kayaking! There are plenty of shops in town that offer affordable daily rentals, such as 4 Corner River Sports or Durango River Trippers. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Lemon provides good conditions for sailing and windsurfing as well. There is a boat launch at the north end of the reservoir for various water sports.

Trails around the lake are plentiful and good for hiking and biking. After you’ve tired out, we recommend picnicking at the day-use area and enjoying time among the pines and water.


Vallecito Reservoir

The drive to Vallecito is a few minutes longer, but there is plenty to do at this large recreation area. Take in the sights of the Pine River Valley and enjoy a day on one of the largest bodies of water in Colorado. 

Near the lake, there are plenty of hiking trails of various difficulties. Choose from seeing abandoned mining towns, waterfalls, alpine meadows, lakes and more. 

Fishing opportunities are abound at Vallecito as well. Fishing near the reservoir, you can catch rainbow, brown trout, and northern pike. Those looking for more of an adventure can hike to different locations with their angling gear for a secluded, tranquil day in nature.

Boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all great options for the day as well. Vallecito is so expansive that you are sure to have a portion of the water all to yourself. 

Feel free to pack a lunch or dine at one of the local eateries when you’re feeling hungry. Pura Vida Cafe, Furtrappers Steak House, and The Rusty Shovel Saloon are all fantastic spots to top off your lake day. 


September 23, 2017 by susan

Evening by the river

As if the title doesn’t explain it all. Luxurious river-side cabins nestled in a beautiful valley of the eastern San Juan Mountains. Everything you need at your immediate disposal. A quiet and secluded sense of home; what more can I say? Well, you may be surprised but I do have more reasons.

If you’ve ever been to Durango, Colorado you know how amazing it is. You’ve experienced the Animas river running all the way through town, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad subjecting you to some of the most breath-taking terrain, endless trails for hiking and mountain biking, and beautiful views atop mountains of various heights. You may not have to be convinced as to why you should come back (let’s admit it, you’re hooked!) but perhaps I can guide you on your decision as to where to stay. I have 7 whole amazing reasons why you should stay in a cabin next time you visit this beautiful little town, and that’s just skimming the surface.

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Durango getaway at the O-Bar-O Cabins

July 12, 2017 by susan

Rebooting at the O-Bar-O

Rebooting at the O-Bar-O

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a getaway is:  1. an act or instance of getting away 2:  a place suitable for a vacation or 3:  a vacation especially of brief duration.


Once you arrive at O-Bar-O Cabins via, planes, trains or automobiles – to coin a phrase –  come enjoy sitting by the river, on the deck or wetting a line.  Make sure to snack on the home-made cookies, thanks to Mike!  You deserve it.   You can meet other guests and get the lay of the land. Don’t want to spend hours cooking after a long drive?  Order up a grill package of your choosing from the website or treat yourself to dinner in historic downtown Durango.  A favorite of our staff is The Ore House; an old western style steak house with some of the best steaks and side dishes around. Don’t forget to leave room for s’mores over the camp fire.

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Experience Durango! How to plan the best vacation.

May 14, 2017 by susan

Experience Cabins on the river

Experience Durango!  There all kinds of studies out there that are trying to figure out what the discerning traveler wants when they are on vacation.  The one thing that keeps repeating itself is everyone wants an “experience” that can be taken with them well after the vacation is over.  What makes the most memorable vacation possible? What adventures will leave a lasting impression so that every time you think about Durango or O-Bar-O Cabins you get that dreamy look and are lost in thought while reminiscing? 

Mike and I are on board with this “experience” idea.  We have discovered a vacation doesn’t need to be packed to the hilt.  It just needs to have the perfect balance of activities.   And we are here to help you plan the top ways to play in Durango, creating that unforgettable experience to treasure for years to come.

Spring brings about a new lease on life.  Trees are sprouting their new colors, flowers are poking through the thawed ground, temperatures on the rise and the activities have just doubled in fun.

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O-Bar-O Cabins Presents: The Perfect Package for Every Guest

May 3, 2017 by susan

Why just book a reservation for a cabin when you can book an entire vacation experience?! We want you to enjoy your hard-earned vacation to the fullest. Let us do the legwork so you can spend every moment focused on family, friends, and relaxation.

We can tailor a package just for you! Here at O-Bar-O Cabins we have something for everyone. From basic to over the top indulgent . . . Create the vacation of your dreams! What sounds appealing to you?

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10 signs to know you are addicted to Durango.

April 11, 2017 by susan

Addicted to Durango

Are you addicted to Durango? 

There is a sure-fire way to find out if you are addicted to Durango.  And if you happen to be, that ain’t a bad thing, now is it?  I’m not sorry to say it has been discovered there is no cure.  And why would there be.  What better place to live, visit, play, relax…I could go on.  One might ask how you go about finding out if you are addicted to Durango.  It’s rather simple.  Ask yourself these following questions.  If you say yes to any of them then yep you are addicted.

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Are you hot? part 4. Durango vacations to beat the heat

March 12, 2017 by susan

Sittin’ by the Florida

Are you hot?  Part 4.  Durango vacations to beat the heat.

I certainly hope you aren’t hot yet since it is the middle of winter but I wanted to get a start on the final chapter of How to Beat the Heat in Durango.  I decided to put the thought out there so you can be ready once the heat index reaches 100.  Nothing is worse than sweating it out at home when you could be sitting by the wonderfully, cool Florida river.   In the blogs to date we have covered the alphabet from A-T.   


We start with U, aren’t you glad I know the alphabet even if I can’t count?

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Discover Winter in Durango, CO and O-Bar-O Cabins

February 12, 2017 by susan

Winter in Durango

Did you know that Durango is a hot spot for winter fun?  Come discover what winter has to offer in Durango and the O-Bar-O Cabins.  With the snow piling up the family-friendly fun and pulse-pounding adventure awaits.  The scenic San Juan Mountains offer just more than scenery.  And I don’t mean snow banks down the middle of main street as scenery but that heart stopping, snow capped mountains that you can almost touch they are so close!

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What to do in the New year in Durango and the O-Bar-O Cabins

January 9, 2017 by susan

New years train

What to do in the New Year in Durango and the O-Bar-O Cabins

What do you do in the New Year in Durango, you ask?  There is always a little bit of spice around here.  Both in the outdoor activities and the yummy Southwest food that can be found at the local establishments!  Durango has something to offer on everyone’s resolution list. From full blast, adrenaline filled adventures to relaxing by the river.

Doesn’t everyone have a nostalgic train ride on your list?  I certainly do!  Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has a storied past and is a popular vacation activity.  Ride the rails through the stunning San Juan Mountains.  You will see breathtaking scenery and wildlife.  You might even see a bear!  Either before or after the ride enjoy the train museum.  Maybe even consider a themed train ride.  Check the calendar for rides like the Brew Train, Blues Train or my favorite the Wine and Rails Train.  How can you not have a grand time on any one of these!

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Winter Wonderland in Durango Colorado, again!

December 18, 2016 by susan


Winter Wonderland on the Florida

Okay, so I tend to like part 2’s, part 3’s and so on.  It keeps the conversation going in the same direction, right?  

If you have the fortunate problem of living where the weather is warm but just need to get away to feel the cool mountain breeze in your hair you have the task of figuring out what to bring and what to do while you are here.  Durango is a Winter Wonderland, as well as a great Christmas town.  Had to stick that in for good measure.  In the effort to continue with our mission, which is to make every Guest feels like they are being well cared for and to ensure that winter wonderland experience , we have compiled a list of things to bring and the must do’s.

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