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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Fool's Gold is a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage on Snyder Mountain 8,700 feet up. It's a sunny south facing hacienda with a deck and scenic mountain views that overlooks protected BLM land making wildlife viewing incredible.
Fool's Gold Cottage is located near the border of Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties, convenient to many outdoor activities including: rafting, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, running, mountaineering, mountain climbing, zip lining, elite athletic training, and hunting just to name a few. If you want to visit Denver, it's only a 50 minute drive. There are also plenty of trails right by the cottage.
Fool's Gold was built in the 1980s. Her sister, The Gold Mine, the home we currently live in 150 feet from Fool's Gold, was built in the early 1970s and was the first house in the area. The paperwork we have on the home has President Grover Cleveland's signature on it when he signed the land over to be developed!
When Fool's Gold was built, it was basically a framed house with water, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower pan, sink and toilet, and electricity. There was not any drywall or flooring. I used her for a while as my office until a neck injury prevented me for continuing that line of work. We have worked hard over the last ten years to get her ready for others to enjoy. We are currently remodeling The Gold Mine, our current house, who will become a prospective vacation rental the end of 2015.
The roads to Fool's Gold are paved until you reach our subdivision. There is less than one mile of dirt roads to the cottage itself. Front wheel drive cars do just fine up here and the roads are well maintained.
*Because we live in Alpine conditions, please make sure that the cottage would be suitable for your stay if you have children under the age of six, are elderly, or have a physical disability.*
One dog (two dogs with approval) is allowed on the property. There is no additional fee for your pet; however, all guests with pets are required to purchase the Property Damage Protection. We do have dogs on the property and they are in a separate fenced in area and we are very respectful in terms of barking, etc.
We hope you stay with us and become a part of the Mile and a Half High Club!
Tracey Smith - Property Manager


Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    One to two dogs only with owner permission....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom is located upstairs and the deck comes off the bedroom. It is carpeted with a Queen Size Bed. It is similar to a loft upstairs, but it is not visible from downstairs. There is a queen size sofa sleeper in the living room downstairs that sleeps 2....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Walk-In Roman Shower with white Corian and two shower heads upstairs next to the bedroom. Sunny and bright. Towels are provided. Also provided are mouthwash, toothpaste, Q-tips, cotton balls, soap and shampoo. ...moreless


  • Games:

    Board games and cards....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV with 250 channels and HBO, Starz, Encore, and Showtime. Satellite TV is currently upstairs in the bedroom. Guest must request to move it downstairs prior to check-in. ...moreless

  • Television:

    55" downstairs, 46" upstairs....moreless

  • Video Library:

    About 100 different DVDs of many genres to choose from....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The cottage is tucked away in the gorgeous mountains of Evergreen. It's a quiet community and a great retreat from home. The cottage faces south and the sunsets paint the mountains with their glow....moreless

  • Rural:

    The cottage is located in an alpine setting. It is paved until the last mile- it's a well-maintained dirt road. We have a MR2 and we do well in the winter. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    There is now a solid oak island that is also the kitchen table. Seats four comfortably. The bar table pictured is no longer in the cottage....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air heat....moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi up to 20 mbps. Cellular phone service can be spotty at times and Verizon Wireless is by far the best service up here. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Has a queen size sofa sleeper that sleeps two and 55" HDTV....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off street parking with own driveway....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart with built in coffee grinder....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Most everything you need to eat and cook with are provided. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked kitchen. The kitchen has recently been remodeled. The old kitchen is featured in Netflix's horror movie, Paramedics....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Small oven, but large enough to fit a store bought pizza and a good size turkey....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, cream, sugar, tea, olive oil, vegetable oil, rice, mustard, mayo, ketchup, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and hot chocolate....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size side-by-side. All guests receive fresh eggs in the refrigerator from our chickens....moreless

  • Stove:

    Full size range....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Oven can be a toaster too....moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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2 night min stay

Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $25 + tax
  • Tax Rate 5.9%


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Up to four people only. Parties with over three people will be subject to a $10/day extra person fee.

Guests traveling with pets are required to purchase the Property Damage Protection.

Same day rate of $110/night if available.

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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59 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver International Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Stagecoach Bar and Grill
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Evergreen Golf Course
32 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak at Union Station, Denver
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 70
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stagecoach Bar and Grill
31 Miles
Nearest Ski
Loveland Ski Resort

Car: Necessary

This cute and cozy cottage is located in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, Clear Creek County- close to many outdoor activites! The land that is not developed where the cottage is, is BLM land and the wildlife viewing includes fox, deer, elk, Albert's black squirrel, cougar (if you are lucky to see one), bald eagles (another lucky find), hawks, various humming birds, finches, meadowlark, lark bunting (state bird) and bear. For more information about hunting in this area, please visit the Colorado Department of Wildlife.

If you are the athletic type and are training or just a fitness enthusiast in general, then this area is for you! Just walking around the area provides beautiful walks. Looking for something more challenging? Then bike, run, walk, or hike up Witter Gulch Road towards Mount Evans or even drive to Mount Evans and ascend 17.7 miles to the top. It's the highest paved road in America and reaches to a height of 14,240 feet. At the top, you can view the Mountain Sheep and the entire Front Range.

Evergreen is one of the first cities on the way to the ski resorts as you climb I-70. Downtown Evergreen has a lake that offers year round activities including fishing, ice skating, hockey and non-motor boating. Downtown borders the river where you can shop, dine and enjoy speaking with the all-around good folks!

Whether you are seeking to relax, test your mountain skills, and/or indulge in outdoor activities, Fool's Gold Cottage is just the right get-a-way!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Tracey is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. She paid her way through college working at a resort hotel in Pismo Beach. After graduating, she sold everything she owned and moved to Hawaii. She worked in the sales department at the Ritz-Carlton and was part of the team that won the prestigious Malcolm-Baldridge Quality Award. After spending a year in Hawaii (1992 to 1993), she moved to Colorado and it has been her home ever since. Larry attended the University of Texas on a running scholarship. He has been an elite athlete for the majority of his life running his first marathon when he was 12 years old. He has run numerous marathons and races since and came to Colorado in 1992 to train for the 2000 Olympics. He came close; 20 seconds off the time needed to qualify in the Steeplechase. He is currently training for the Leadville 100 mile race. He loves living up here as it is a perfect training ground right in his own backyard. Tracey and Larry have a daughter named Oakley and three dogs: Bruce Lee, Chow Chow; Queen Snortiffa, Bulldogge; and Cleo Pattra, Great Dane Mix.

Why the Owner Chose Evergreen:
Evergreen is a great place to live! It's rural enough, yet close enough to urban offerings. The property's views will not change because it is BLM land and there are many trails within a mile of the property for outdoor enthusiasts. We love it here and we will always consider Evergreen our true home. The only reason we have big city traffic jams is due to elk crossings!!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
When we first bought these homes, they were basically wooden tents. We have worked hard over the last 11 years to build these home from the ground floor with lots of sweat, tears (dust in our eyes, hammers hitting the fingers, bruises everywhere) and love. We are so glad that we can share our place with you and we hope you are just as inspired to pursue your dreams as we were we saw it here.

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  • Fool's Gold Cottage outside

    Fool's Gold Cottage outside

  • First snow of 2013 looking from Goldie.

    First snow of 2013 looking from Goldie.

  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom upstairs

    Bathroom upstairs

  • Walkway to Fool's Gold looking downwards.  Relatively steep

    Walkway to Fool's Gold looking downwards. Relatively steep

  • Bottom of driveway - about 75 yards from bottom to top of driveway

    Bottom of driveway - about 75 yards from bottom to top of driveway

  • Snacking in the shadows of Snyder Mountain

    Snacking in the shadows of Snyder Mountain

  • Morning view from the deck of Fool's Gold

    Morning view from the deck of Fool's Gold

  • Fool's Gold Cottage outside

    Fool's Gold Cottage outside

  • Entrance to Fool's Gold

    Entrance to Fool's Gold

  • Another view of the kitchen

    Another view of the kitchen

  • Queen sized log bed

    Queen sized log bed

  • Entrance to Roman Shower upstairs.  Nice & sunny and has dual shower heads!

    Entrance to Roman Shower upstairs. Nice & sunny and has dual shower heads!

  • Driveway to cottage.  There is recycled asphalt down now and it's plowed

    Driveway to cottage. There is recycled asphalt down now and it's plowed

  • View of Aspen Place road leading to cottage - dirt road

    View of Aspen Place road leading to cottage - dirt road

  • Day after spring snow

    Day after spring snow

  • Autumn Moon

    Autumn Moon

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