Neat location but stay elsewhere
Let me preface this by mentioning that my friends and I have stayed at many VRBO rentals across the US and internationally and have never had an issue. The cabin itself is in a great, remote location which is the beauty of it. There are some neat hiking trails a short drive away and since it's in the National Forest leashed pets are welcome on hikes which is great. Now for the bad: We arrived late afternoon. It was very cold and the only heat source was a wood fire stove (which is perfect) or a very small, insufficient space heater. There was not a single piece of dry wood or kindling available. The welcome message read as follows "Maps and wood are available at the Nelson General Store or Pierpoint" however when we arrived, Pierpoint was out of firewood and a power outage resulted in the General Store being closed our entire stay. Out of necessity, we used approx 10 small pieces of wet scrap wood piled next to the shed (complete with nails, etc) to get us through the night. In hindsight we should've bought wood in a bigger town as a precaution before arriving but most cabins I've stayed at provide, at minimum, some dry kindling as a courtesy, specifically if it's the only heat source. The cabin has a pretty gross infestation of flies. Keep in mind, I own a cabin in Alaska and I've stayed at dozens of rugged cabins, but this was gross. As the cabin heated up, probably 40-60 total over the 2 days, of flies came out. We purchased fly strips but couldn't keep up with them. Also, the neighbor has a horse and it's corral is approximately 70 ft from the front door of the cabin, making lounging on the porch pretty unpleasant. Dishes, plates, cutlery, etc are sparse. Lastly, approximately 1 month later, I had not received my deposit back so I messaged the owner. I was told my deposit had been kept because we used her wood and "the screen door was busted in half". I explained the situation regarding the wood (apparently we used $50 worth of wood) and asked for photos of the damage because we had caused none that we were aware of. 2 weeks later I received photos of a crack in the screen door, again, which was not caused by any excessive use. It's now been 2 months and the owner has not responded to my requests. In short, there are plenty of other great places to stay with access to the area and I would recommend those (We stayed in other cabins that were great) to avoid getting into a situation like ours.

February 2016
Camp Nelson Cozy Log Cabin
Camp Nelson Cozy Log Cabin
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