This turnkey operation is located next to a popular national park in Southwest Colorado. It offers a variety of accommodations such as cabins, tipis, and campsites. The business is small enough to manage with minimal staff (4-6 people depending on the time of year). In addition to the campground, it comes with a vacation rental house with two units which generates high profits. This seasonal operation allows the owners to take several months off during the winter, while still renting out the house year-round, primarily on Airbnb. The campground also has expansion options.
The location is ideal for tourists who enjoy stargazing and Southwest sunsets in a convenient place, only 5 miles away from downtown Cortez and 20 minutes from the entrance to the Mesa Verde National Park. It is a complete package for visitors wanting to experience the Southwest area’s beauty through activities like river rafting, fishing, hunting, and exploring Native American cultures and the history of the old west.
Tipis (furnished and unfurnished), camping cabins, and economy bunkhouses are all available, along with a large full hookup RV pad, tent/van/camper sites, and a large group pavilion site. The park also offers hot showers, WiFi, and an equipped camper’s kitchen, for guests convenience. There are swings and a small play structure at the campground and also at the house.
Most guests are on multi-stop road trips in the Southwest visiting national parks and Native American cultural sites or mountain biking. Many are attracted to the “unique stay” concept that the tipis offer but are not equipped to fully camp, so the park amenities afford them the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable camping-like experience around a campfire and under the stars. The camping cabins and Hogan also offer a hybrid camping experience. Without having an RV, guests can still cook, wash dishes, shower, have electricity, and enjoy the big views, fiery Southwest sunsets, the moon, and stars. Bright Star’s cabins and accommodations do not compete with hotels/motels, as it offers a hybrid camping/glamping experience.
5 miles (10 minutes) from downtown Cortez, Colorado. 22 minutes to the entrance of Mesa Verde Nat’l Park. 10 minutes to Phil’s World famous Mountain Biking Trails. 40 minutes to the Four Corners Monument. 45 minutes to Durango. 1 hour to the Durango Hot Springs. 1 hour to start the spectacular Million Dollar Highway Loop through high mountain old west towns such as Silverton and Ouray. 95 minutes to Telluride. 2 hours to Moab, Utah. 90 minutes to Canyonlands Needles district. 1 hour to Hovenweep National Monument. 18 min to Canyon of The Ancients. 20 min to McPhea Reservoir. 15 min. to Dolores, Colorado and the Dolores River. Several breweries, two cideries and wineries all within 10–30 minutes’ drive. 2 ½ hours to Monument Valley. Under 3 hours to Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nat’l Park. Under 4 hours to Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park, Colorado.