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The Duncan cabin is situated in the Rio Grande National Forest, 11.8 miles southeast of Crestone, CO. It is a one-room cabin, above 8,100 feet and offers great horse riding, hunting, hiking and star gazing opportunities. It is situated near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, close to large herds of elk, pronghorn, and mule deer. It is a great outdoor destination for adventures, and provides facilities such as bunk beds, picnic table, fire pit, and outdoor vault toilet.


The cabin was construction (estimated 1880s.) The cabin sits 8,120 feet above sea level beside a small dry stream‐bed. The nearest source of water is Pole Creek which is approximately 1,500 feet from the cabin. The cabin sits on a west‐facing gently sloping grade that looks out onto the San Luis Valley. Although large coniferous trees are located near the cabin, the vegetation is primarily Rabbitbrush, Pinon, and Juniper.


The cabin is a good base camp for horse riding. It does have a corral close to the cabin. It is a good place for hunting, hiking and watching the night sky. It is close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park that is designated as an international Dark Sky Park.  


The one-room cabin is furnished with two bunk beds (the top bunk is a single bed, the bottom is a fold-out futon couch that sleeps two) and can accommodate up to 6 people. The cabin has a wood stove, a table and chairs, cooking utensils and some pots and pans. A picnic table, fire pit and an outdoor vault toilet are also on site. There is no electricity and water at the cabin. Water is also available at the Saguache Ranger District Office during business hours from May through November.

Natural Features

This area also provides habitats for large herds of elk, pronghorn and mule deer. It is also close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Nearby Attractions

The Duncan cabin is located in the Rio Grande National Forest 11.8 miles southeast of Crestone, CO. There is a lot of hiking trails in this area. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is also close by.

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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Pinon Flats
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
10.7mi 86%
14.4mi 81%
Zapata Falls
Zapata Falls Srma
17.0mi 68%
Lake Creek (Co)
27.1mi 82%
Ponderosa Group - Lake Isabel
30.5mi 88%
Spruce Group - Lake Isabel
30.5mi 94%
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