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Elk Ridge: Comfy Home in the Woods, Convenient to Everything!

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Elk Ridge with the Chalk Cliffs of Mt Princeton in the background

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Last updated: 05/31/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Salida house description

Welcome to Elk Ridge, our home in the mountains! Our seven and a half acres is part of a large forested tract between Buena Vista and Salida. Our open living room- dining room- kitchen area is framed with picture windows looking over a small valley with 14 thousand ft peaks to the west, and mountains in all directions as a background. Watch elk and deer graze while you eat breakfast, sometimes the animals will be right outside the window! The log furniture and mountain decor give it that 'cabin in the woods' feel, but at 3000 sq feet with in floor heat, its way more comfortable (and much bigger) than a cabin. There is even more usable space in that we have converted our heated three car garage into a game room with ping pong, foosball, darts, and seating for spectators...

In the four bedrooms we have two king and two queen beds so the house works well with four couples. Add in the bunk beds (in a bedroom with one of the queen beds), two full size futons (one in the map room and one in the living room), and a portable crib (stored in the master closet), and the house also works very nicely for two families with kids. Of course when we stay there each of our kids likes their own room, so that works too. After a day playing in the mountains, we like a good night sleep, so we brought in all new mattresses, bedding and linens. Comfort is key!

The oversized and well supplied kitchen with double oven and microwave has plenty of space to prepare big meals when needed. On the nights when you have been playing hard and don't want to cook, great restaurants in Salida or Buena Vista are only 15 minutes away.

The master bedroom is gorgeous, with a king size log frame bed and a comfy reading chair. A sliding glass door looks out to the mountains and opens on to our large back porch right next to the hot tub The master bath has a shower and a large soaking tub with a picture window looking into the forest. An annex off of the master bedroom is what we call our 'map room'. In addition to a futon couch, there is a desk and bookcase full of quality maps, guide books, and selected local brochures to help you plan your next adventure.

Speaking of the hot tub, this is truly a tub with a view! At sunset you can watch deer and sometimes elk grazing in the meadow below, while alpine glow turns the top of Mt Shavano pink. Looking to the southeast you look out over the entire Arkansas Valley, with Green Mountain, Cameron Mountain, and Big Baldy off in the distance. After dark you are treated to a starry sky that's unbelievable. Clear skies with virtually no light pollution make this a super location to watch the stars, and soak away any aches and pains from hiking earlier in the day.

The sliding glass door from the kitchen also opens onto a lovely stone back porch, where you will find a six burner gas grill, a picnic table, and plenty of space to eat outside when the weather is nice. Another picnic table sits a short way up the ridge for that dinner in the woods experience. On the very rare rainy days, or if you just want to experience a little mountain solitude, you can enjoy sitting on our large covered front porch, looking out into the woods in front of the house. During the Spring Runoff, there is a seasonal stream that runs across the front of the property. You can enjoy listening to the bubbling sounds while sitting on the front porch, or walk down to a small bench we have right next to the stream and daydream the time away enjoying the water and watching birds or animals move through the forrest.

Aside from the privacy, the views, and the abundant wildlife, our favorite part about this house is how convenient it is to everything the valley has to offer. Three minutes up the road and you are on forest service land, with trailheads accessing peaks, cross country skiing, and the Colorado Trail. You are just five minutes from white water rafting and Prospectors Village, one of the best rock and gem shops in the Rockies. Mt Princeton Hot Springs and Chalk Creek are just 10 minutes away. The road up Chalk Creek gives you access to one of the largest sections of wild back country that Colorado has to offer. And speaking of gems, in 30 minutes you can be skiing at Monarch Mountain, one of the friendliest ski areas we have ever experienced. The Arkansas river is now the single largest segment of gold medal trout stream in the state. There are at least 10 public access points within a 15 minute drive of the house, giving you many sections of river to fish. Chalk Creek (also less than 15 minutes away) runs for miles up into the National Forest, with lots of great access and even more fish to chase after.

In short, unless you are looking for crowds, there is no better place for a mountain vacation anywhere in the state. That's why we love this place as much as we do, and we are confident that you will too!

Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            Sorry, we have a child with severe asthma, and just cannot take the risk it presents....moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 10-14

          • Master Bedroom 'Bear Den': 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Futon is off the side of the master, in the 'map room'...moreless

          • Bedroom 2 'Horse room': 1 king

            With three large windows looking north into the woods...moreless

          • Bedroom 3 'moose room': 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 4 'Deer room': 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • All bedrooms feature new mattresses and bedding!

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower

            Large Picture window gives view into woods from tub...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Well equipped with Double oven, micro wave, lots of counter space and all kinds of utensils...moreless

          • Dining:

            Extra table and chairs stored in pantry for large groups...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            12...moreless

          • Child's Highchair
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 12 people

          Amenities

          • Garage:

            Garage is used as a game room with ping pong table and ski storage closet. Not available for vehicles...moreless

          • Heating:

            In-floor heating means no cold feet on frosty mornings!...moreless

          • Living Room:

            Includes futon sleeper sofa...moreless

          • Parking:

            Space for up to five cars...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • A seasonal stream provides an additional pleasure from late May through early July (most years)....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Game Room:

                Heated garage used for ping pong table, foosball and darts. Also has sofa, chair and coffee table for spectators!...moreless

              • Games:

                Assorted table games on the bookshelf in the living room...moreless

              • Books:

                Small library of outdoor themed books ...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                DVD/Blue Ray player...moreless

              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Foosball

              Communications

                  • Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Hot Tub:

                        The view from the hot tub is amazing! Mountains to the west, Arkansas valley and more mountains to the east, and a meadow that often has wildlife to the south......moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Accessed from the living/dining room and the master bedroom, has picnic table, grill, and fantastic views....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Very large 6 burner grill is just waiting to help with your next cookout....moreless

                      Theme

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

                      Location & View

                      • Water View:

                        There is a seasonal stream that runs late May through early July most years. The bubbling sounds can be enjoyed from the front porch, or a bench right beside the stream...moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        Colorado 14ers Mt Shavano and Mt Antero off the back porch, Mt Princeton looking out the driveway......moreless

                      Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Snowmobiling
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Skiing
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Cycling
                      • Kayaking
                      • Rafting
                      • Hunting
                      • Whitewater Rafting
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Hunting Big Game
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Sledding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Rock Climbing
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      High Season
                      May 23 - Aug 31, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $550
                      $3,300 $8,500
                      Mid Season
                      Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                      1 night min stay
                      $440
                      $2,650 $6,600
                      Low Season
                      Oct 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      1 night min stay
                      $370
                      $2,200 $5,500
                      High Season
                      Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $550
                      $3,300 $8,500
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Rates based on 8 person occupancy. $10pp/pn for persons above occupancy. All stays require a $40 laundry fee (plus $5 per person over normal occupancy) Minimum stay of three nights during high seasons. Stays of two nights or less incur a one-time $90 cleaning fee. See policies for more information.. Weekly price is based on 7 nights. Applicable sales and lodging taxes apply.

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                      Location

                      100 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Colorado Springs
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Monarch Mountain

                      Car: Necessary

                      Secluded home in the Forrest, watch wildlife literally right outside the door. Enjoy the beautiful ridge top view! Minutes from trail heads, cross country skiing, mountain biking and rafting. 10 minutes to Princeton Hot Springs. 12 minutes to Buena Vista, 15 to Salida. 30 minutes and you are skiing at Monarch!

                       

                      Manager info

                      About: Greetings from the Bealer Frye Family. We share a passion for hiking and wildlife, and have worked diligently to introduce our kids to all the different ways to play in the mountains. While we live and work in Texas, our hearts are always up here. Scot went to college in Colorado (University of Colorado, class of 86) and lived in the Glenwood Springs area for a while. He has hiked, camped, skied, rafted and fished throughout the mountain regions of the state. Lea grew up in Pennsylvania, but has enjoyed many trips to the state since getting married to Scot, and has yet to meet a mountain she doesn't want to climb.

                      Why Salida:
                      We knew we wanted a permanent place in the mountains, but the big name Colorado resorts were way too crowded. The Arkansas River Valley has some of the best mountain country in the state, the very best river for rafting, and insanely good fishing. Top that off with a ski area that isn't crowded, easy access from the Colorado Springs airport, and a tolerable drive from our home in Texas, and we knew we had found a great place to keep coming back to. The first time Scot came up to look at the property, five elk came out of the woods then just as quickly dissapeared down the hillside. He was sold right then, and the name Elk Ridge was born. The house was in great shape, but we had slightly different tastes than the original owners (we bought it from the person who built it), so we put in all new flooring, repainted, and took out some walls to give the living room a more open feel. Our three kids have been crazy about the place since we bought it, and have helped to put their personal touch on each of the three bedrooms. While the print of the elk in the living room is from a local artist, all of the photographs you find throughout the house were taken during out many adventures, many of which are near here.


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                      Photos

                      • Elk Ridge with the Chalk Cliffs of Mt Princeton in the background

                        Elk Ridge with the Chalk Cliffs of Mt Princeton in the background

                      • Elk Ridge, with the majestic Mt Princeton in the background

                        Elk Ridge, with the majestic Mt Princeton in the background

                      • Log furniture gives it a 'cabin' feel but this house is way more comfortable!

                        Log furniture gives it a 'cabin' feel but this house is way more comfortable!

                      • King sized master bed for a great night sleep!

                        King sized master bed for a great night sleep!

                      • The 'map room' off the master bedroom has a full sized futon

                        The 'map room' off the master bedroom has a full sized futon

                      • The horse room also has a king size bed and looks into the forrest out front

                        The horse room also has a king size bed and looks into the forrest out front

                      • The 'Moose' room has a queen size bed along with bunk beds!

                        The 'Moose' room has a queen size bed along with bunk beds!

                      • Picnic table and oversize gas grill make for a wonderful scenic back porch

                        Picnic table and oversize gas grill make for a wonderful scenic back porch

                      • A bookcase full of games, books, and binoculars helps pass the time if it rains

                        A bookcase full of games, books, and binoculars helps pass the time if it rains

                      • Our driveway sign with Mt Antero poking through the trees

                        Our driveway sign with Mt Antero poking through the trees

                      • In the 'Map Room' we have several guidebooks and quality maps to help plan trips

                        In the 'Map Room' we have several guidebooks and quality maps to help plan trips

                      • There is another picnic table up the ridge above the house!

                        There is another picnic table up the ridge above the house!

                      • Your greeting at the front door

                        Your greeting at the front door

                      • Open concept living dinning area provides a wonderful space for people to gather

                        Open concept living dinning area provides a wonderful space for people to gather

                      • Large kitchen has double oven, microwave, and tons of counter space

                        Large kitchen has double oven, microwave, and tons of counter space

                      • Master bedroom is super roomy with access to the back porch and hot tub

                        Master bedroom is super roomy with access to the back porch and hot tub

                      • The master bath has a tub with a view

                        The master bath has a tub with a view

                      • Our 'Deer' room has a queen size bed

                        Our 'Deer' room has a queen size bed

                      • Bunk beds in the 'Moose' room

                        Bunk beds in the 'Moose' room

                      • Below the hot tub we often see deer and elk in the meadow south of the house

                        Below the hot tub we often see deer and elk in the meadow south of the house

                      • During the peak snowmelt you can enjoy this bench next to our seasonal stream

                        During the peak snowmelt you can enjoy this bench next to our seasonal stream

                      • We converted our garage to a game room and the kids absolutely love it

                        We converted our garage to a game room and the kids absolutely love it

                      • Looking over the back porch to Mts Antero, White, Shavano, and Tabaguache

                        Looking over the back porch to Mts Antero, White, Shavano, and Tabaguache

                      • Deer are on the property year round, elk can be seen from October through May

                        Deer are on the property year round, elk can be seen from October through May

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