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Last updated: 01/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Evergreen cottage description

Fool's Gold is a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage on Snyder Mountain 8700 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


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Events Allowed
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


              • Children Welcome:

                We have a trampoline and a tree house on the property too! A liability release must be signed before children are allowed to jump on the trampoline....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Cigarette smoking allowed only in designated area....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Dogs only - up to 2. Guests are required to purchase the property damage protection of $49 (1 dog), $69 (2 dogs) ...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. ...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


              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Television:

                36' TV downstairs and 32' TV upstairs with a DVD player and many movies to choose from....moreless

              • Video Library


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


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • 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 a mountain setting. It is paved until the last mile- it's a well-maintained dirt road. We have a MR2 and we do very well in the winter....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

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


              • Dining:

                As the picture shows, it is a bar style table that can seat up to four people. ...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Leather sofa sleeper that sleeps 2....moreless

              • Parking:

                Off-street Bottom of driveway when it snows heavily....moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                A LG Washer/Dryer Combo; however the washer only works so clothes would need to be taken elsewhere to dry or dry them off the deck....moreless


              • Coffee Maker
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Kitchen:

                Fully stocked including plastic ware, saran wrap, aluminum foil, sandwich bags, etc. There is a slow cooker and pressure cooker. ...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                Counter-top NuWave Oven- cooks a chicken up to 18 lbs. ...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Skillets, pots, pans, dishes, cleaning supplies, plastic food storage containers, serving dishes and utensils, and bowls....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Side-by-side with ice maker. Fresh eggs from our chickens are provided to guests....moreless

              • Stove:

                Counter top three burner cook top....moreless

              • Toaster:

                Toaster oven....moreless


              • Deck / Patio:

                Deck upstairs; patio downstairs...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  Write a review 4.4
                  from 17 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Winter Time
                  Jan 2 - Feb 12, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  Valentine's Romantic Weekend
                  Feb 13 - Feb 15, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $950 $2,500

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

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Property Damage Protection $49
                  • Cleaning Fee $25 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 5.9%


                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Up to four people only. Parties with over three people will be subject to a $10/day rental fee.

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

                  Same day rate of $100/night if available.

                  VALENTINE'S WEEKEND includes a box of homemade Chatham Truffles and brunch for two @ Keys on the Green.

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                  Last updated: 01/27/2015
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                    "A Mexican restaurant favorite of ours. Great ambiance, good price and located in the heart ..."

                  • Evergreen Golf Course

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                    "Very delicious Vietnamese food! Go at lunch time - dinner can be pricey. "

                  • One World Cafe

                    "This fun restaurant and bar is located in Downtown Evergreen. Good food, reasonably priced ..."

                  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 activity areas around! 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 boarders 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 obtained a sales position 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 10 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


                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Electric Fire place for extra heat or for ambiance upstairs.

                    Electric Fire place for extra heat or for ambiance upstairs.

                  • 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

                  • Staircase to upstairs

                    Staircase to upstairs

                  • 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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