Fabulous Private Lodge, 5 Bedrooms, 3+ Acres property - Quartz Mountain Ranch
Centrally located in the mountains of Golden with great access and scenic rides to Boulder, Golden, Denver, and many mountain towns including:
- Eldora Mountain Ski Resort
- Eldorado Canyon State Park - climbing and hiking
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park - fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping
- Indian Peaks Wilderness Area - hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping
- Rocky Mountain National Park + Estes Park - touring, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping
- South Boulder Creek - great fly fishing, hiking and hopping rock to rock
- Gross Reservoir - kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, boating, fishing
- Walker Ranch - hiking trails, mountain biking
- Historic Golden & Morrison - Coors Brewery, Red Rocks, Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
- Boulder - Flatirons parks, Boulder Creek bike paths/parks, Pearl Street Mall, CU Boulder, Chataqua Park, NCAR
- Nederland - historic town, Barker Reservoir
- Rollinsville - Moffat Train Tunnel through Front Range to Winter Park, 4-wheeling Rollins Pass
- Blackhawk and Central City - mining history, touring, gambling
- Caribou Open Space - hiking, biking, camping
- Boyd Lake - fishing
Unbelievable views - Serene and remote feel yet 15 minutes to main highway 93 from Boulder to Golden, restaurants, coffee shops, hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, skiing and much more. The home is built on the 3+ acre property at the top of Scar Top Mountain at 8,400-feet elevation while the back deck overlooks Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Rocky Mountain National Park's 14,259-foot high Long's Peak and Mount Meeker and Estes Park mountains, Golden Gate State Park's and Arapahoe National Forest's Mount Thorodin and Star Peak, 14,265-foot Mount Evans on a clear day, the backsides of the Boulder Flatirons mountains including South Boulder Peak, Bear Peak, and Green Mountain, and thousands of evergreen trees in view. Telescope included that helps views of moon, planets, and stars. Sleeps 8 with many options. There is a master queen bedroom, a twin with a trundle, a bunk room with 3 twins and 2 full beds (and a reading loft), a main floor full loft bed and a queen murphy bed in the basement. There are also 5 bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half and a powder bath.
Plenty of parking along with two fire pits, three picnic tables, pine window casings, knotted hemlock beams and pillars, double barn doors and a stove for warmth and ambiance!
Quartz Mountain Ranch has the amenities of a luxury home and is located in a secluded area to get away from the business of the city but close to Denver, Boulder, Golden, Lakewood and I-70 to the Summit County ski resorts.
Fiber Optic cable internet all the way up the mountains to the home at 8,400 feet elevation for 60 MB per second download speed + 50 MB per second upload speed. This is truly amazing!!!
Perfect for a romantic getaway, recreation, family retreat or business trip. Nestled in the woods of Coal Creek Canyon, this lodge is private and peaceful. It is within 2.5 miles of Hwy 72 so it has great access and only 15 minutes from the plains.
Snow shoes (2 sets) are provided for our wooded areas and open space around the property.
Activities in the area: All within about a half hour.
Fishing, ice fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, golf, kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, bike riding, atv, motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, boating, hunting, snow shoeing, sledding and cross country skiing, downhill skiing, golf, gambling, shows, Coors Brewery, and shopping. The property looks over Walker Ranch hiking and biking area and the Gross Reservoir water area, dam and spillway.
The small mountain town of Nederland is quite an experience to explore. Rafting in Idaho Springs 41 miles. Denver is also just 35 miles away where you can enjoy The Buell Theater(concerts, plays, symphony), Natural History Museum, Denver Broncos football, Colorado Rockies baseball, Denver Nuggets basketball, Colorado Avalanche hockey and so much more. Water World Water Park is within 45 minutes as well as Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Vail Ski Resorts make a good day trip. Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park are 60 miles away. Rafting and hot springs in Idaho Springs. Denver Intl Airport is an hour away. National Western Stock Show, Red Rocks Amphitheater is 26 miles and you can take a party bus through ridetoredrocks. Check out Eldorado Hot Springs and enjoy a massage.
This lodge has incredible views and privacy within the forest at the top of Scar Top Mountain. Wildlife can also be seen. It is within minutes to a convenience store, liquor store, a tavern (opening 2018), and a Mexican/American restaurant. There is also a coffee shop close by where you can rub shoulders with the friendly locals and enjoy periodic musicians. A couple Non-Denominational churches are close by as well. You will really experience Colorado here. We have a natural gas fire place for plenty of warmth so you can enjoy a cozy fire with snow falling throughout the abundant trees on the property. There are many picture windows throughout the home. When not snowing, enjoy a barbecue on a spacious deck with breathtaking views using the ambience of the fire pit while cooking on the natural gas grill to cook. There is hiking, sledding (sleds provided) and snow shoeing (two sets provided) on our property. We have frisbees for you to set up a course and have a kids’ climbing wall and swings inside as well as many games, books and videos. The lodge is newly built in 2014 and has been professionally custom designed. The beds are extremely comfortable and high quality in each bedroom. Extras include two pianos (one is a baby grand piano), a laundry room, and a garage.
Dinning area seats 10 people.
Bedding, towels, kitchen pots, pans, utensils, etc are also provided.
Entertainment: 2 high definition television sets (main one is 65") with Dish satellite network, Netflix, Wii Games, high speed WiFi (60 MBpS download -- rare in the mountains), and nationwide phone calling.
There is a trampoline, a level volleyball court / badminton court on the granitic sand and beloved Kinnickinick ground covering near the camper, a slack line, corn hole game, and a short football field in the triangle near the picnic table and large Limber Pine Tree. Volleyballs, badminton rackets, shuttlecocks, and footballs are in the box on the cement back patio downstairs.
A slackline is also available. Slacklining is the art of balancing and walking on a soft and stretchy 1" or 2" wide strap called "webbing" that can aid a person's coordination, balance and can provide fun.
An elliptical trainer is available in the upstairs masters bedroom.
Hand weights, an exercise mat, and an exercise ball are available in the corner of the basement.
Mountain and Road Biking are both all over the area:
Boulder Creek bike path and trails - https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/basic-trail-information
Walker Ranch Trails - http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/parks/pages/walkerranch.aspx
Golden Gate Canyon Trails - http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/GoldenGateCanyon/Pages/Trails.aspx
North Table Mountain - https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/north-table-mountain.html
South Table Mountain - https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/south-table-mtn.html
Arvada Biking Trails - http://www.mapmyride.com/us/arvada-co/
Peaceful, tranquil and charming, you will never forget your time spent at Quartz Mountain Ranch.
Our American flag is usually at the front of the back deck next to the moose bell or behind the door of the pantry. Please feel free to set it up on the stand on the south side of the deck during the daylight hours but only when it is not windy. Thanks!
Stellar blue jays, nuthatches, finches and robins frequent the home except in the coldest wintertime. Birdseed is sometimes provided or can be purchased to set on the deck railings for them to eat while you can watch them for the comfort inside the lodge.
Hummingbirds love the area in the summertime. Hummingbirds with their high-pitched whine, frequent the property. They love to sit on the dead limbs of the huge Douglas Fir just west of the deck. Hummingbirds also love to dive bomb for insects in the area. "Hummers" as they are affectionately called are usually in the Colorado mountains from around April-May to September 15. Here is the recipe for making hummingbird nectar and replace it often to keep them coming back, of which they can get very protective:
- Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar in a pan. For example, use 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil then remove from the heat.
- Cover and allow to cool before using or pouring into the storage bottle.
Deck lights are programmed to stay on all night.
We have a 3 night minimum but if there are less nights available between stays you can inquire about them.
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