Secluded yet not isolated
"My wife and I wanted to find a place away from the beaten path but still close to the amenities of civilization and definitely found it at TomCat Ranch. The home met all our expectations and it was reassuring to my wife who is not an outdoor type to be able to see the highway in the valley, knowing if a problem came up we would not be far from getting assistance. The view is spectacular, and our stay was so relaxing...the week went by too fast. Mike, the owner was very helpful, driving me around his property and sharing stories about the ranch. He even checked in with us one night to make sure the furnace was operating on one of the colder nights. The owners live just up the road and are available to address any problems or questions we had. We watched the lunar eclipse one night and thoroughly enjoyed having an outside fire(ample firewood provided!)...and the nighttime sky is gorgeous.
For the hiker and hunter, the property is surrounded on two sides by national forest and access is easy. Buena Vista is about 8 miles away if you need groceries and the property is about midway between Salida and Leadville, so there are plenty of things to do during the day and return in the evening to unwind.
And I have to mention the exodus of birds that swept through the property one morning. There seemed to be an endless stream of Stellar Jays, Pine Grosbeaks and other birds that headed down in to the valley. Whether this was a one time thing or is a common event, unfortunately we had to leave the next day and were unable to see a repeat performance.
So, if you have not guessed yet, we highly recommend a stay at TomCat Ranch."
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