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Forbes Park, Colorado

After several trips out west, Colorado seemed to keep calling us back.  Several years ago we started thinking about buying land and building a log cabin somewhere in the mountains (off the grid, of course) and started seeking out a location for our dream. 

Our Forbes Park propertyFinally in the fall of 2006, we found what we believe to be one of the nicest places we have ever visited, so we bought a lot.  We cleared the deadwood from the lot in 2007, then installed a septic system and drilled a 180' well in 2008. In 2009 we installed a soft start well pump that only draws 8 amps and will work well off grid. We also cut in a driveway to the building site, dug out the foundation and poured the cement footers for the cabin. In 2010 Jim laid over 1300 cement blocks for the basement/garage, put down a sub floor and installed 2 garage doors. In 2011 he built the log cabin and got the roof on it before the snow started piling up. It is boarded up for the winter but he'll head back out in 2012 to put the windows in, put decking on the wrap around porch and hopefully get a woodstove installed so we can get working on the inside. This picture was taken the day we headed home in late October of 2006 after buying the lot.  Mostly Spruce, Aspen and Juniper populate our lot. See some pics of the park and our lot here.

Our Log Cabin Plans

The plans were designed using Google sketch-up and we have posted a copy of them for people to see.  We did them with Google sketch-up in 3D so we could get a better feel for what it would look like in real life.  An image of what the finished cabin should look like on our lot is shown at the bottom of this page.



Our lot overlooks the railroad track that runs from Alamosa up and over the mountain to LaVeta. We enjoy watching the tourist trains go by on their daily trips over the mountain and back. One train leaves each of the towns in the morning and they pass each other near the summit of the pass at Fir and then continue on their trip. They have a lunch stop in town then reverse their trips back to their starting point. Many of the trips will have an old steam engine pulling the train.






Since we do overlook the railroad, we had been considering building a cabin that looked sort of like an old train station.  This is one log model we found and this is how it would have looked on our lot but as we went along, the plan somewhat grew from this into a slightly different plan.





This is what our present plan looks like as done with Google's free sketch-up program.  The image has been layered on top of a picture of our lot to show how it will look on the lot.  The 11' tall basement/garage is 6' out of the ground and has 2 garage doors on the back side of the cabin.  One garage door is 8' wide and 8' tall for a car or SUV and the other door is 9' wide and 10' tall to accommodate our truck or RV.

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Follow our cabin progress under "Our Adventures" to see how the building is coming along.



Forbes Park is a "Covenant Protected" gated community. The following text was taken directly from the Forbes Park website:

Forbes Park is a private, rural subdivision located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range in Southern Colorado. It can be accessed from Rt. 160 at the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley, 40 miles west of Walsenburg, 14 miles east of Fort Garland, and 45 miles east of Alamosa. Forbes Park is located in Costilla County and supports the Sierra Grande School District.

Forbes, Inc. developed this area, began selling lots in 1977, and "sold out" around 1982. There are 3,346 lots ranging in size from 1 to 14 acres. The Park encompasses approximately 13,046 acres of land. About 8,000 of these are specific lots, the rest of the acreage is comprised of Common Land.

The Forbes Park Land Owners' Association's mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the environment in Forbes Park in order to increase the value of member properties. Members are encouraged to become involved with any of the volunteer committees or other activities in the Park."

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