THE WOLF DEN in Twin Lakes, Colorado, sits in a quiet cove of aspen and pine just minutes away from Mount Elbert's "South Elbert" trailhead and a 30-minute drive to Ski Cooper in Leadville.
On 2.5 acres, this sprawling home offers 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, sleeping 12 people with additional room for several more. (16 maximum guests.) Floor-to-ceiling windows and an open layout maximize the home’s incredible 180-degree views of Mt. Elbert, Hope Pass and the glacial waters of Twin Lakes.
Guests can listen to the buzz of summertime hummingbirds while sitting on the expansive flagstone patio. Or watch as a red fox explores fresh snow right outside the master bedroom window. Soak in Colorado flora and fauna at its finest!
The Wolf Den sleeps 10 in its main house with additional room for 2 in a private, attached garage apartment — allowing guests to either spread out or come together for meals, conversation or board games in multiple living areas.
After a day spent hiking, cycling, paddling, rafting, fishing, snowshoeing or skiing, you will truly unwind when you sink into one of our crisp and clean guest beds. Accommodations include:
BR 1 - Downstairs master bedroom (queen bed) + attached bathroom with jetted tub, large shower and dual sinks
BR 2 - Downstairs guest room (queen bed) + adjacent powder bathroom
BR 3 - Upstairs guest room (queen and twin bed) + attached bathroom
BR 4 - Upstairs guest room (queen and twin bed) + access to shared bathroom
BR 5 - Attached garage apartment (queen bed and expandable futon, sleeps 2-4) + private bathroom + kitchenette + private entry through garage
Couches and/or air mattresses can be used as additional sleeping spaces for a maximum of 16 guests.
A well-appointed modern kitchen and outdoor gas grill make it easy to cook for a hungry crowd. Dine at the large kitchen table or opt outside, where a dining table, chairs and unbeatable views create an unforgettable family dinner setting.
After dinner, roast s'mores on the outdoor fire pit, stargaze from the brand-new bubbling hot tub or curl up with a good book in the living room equipped with a gorgeous moss rock gas fireplace. Also found in the living room: a large flatscreen TV with DVD player and movies.
Centrally located, a 30-minute drive reaches some of Colorado’s famous mountain towns, including Leadville and Buena Vista. The drive to Ski Cooper is 27 miles and does not require 4-wheel drive. In summer/fall months, make a day trip to Aspen by means of the world-famous Independence Pass (a 1 hour drive).
The Wolf Den is an excellent place for Leadville 100 race participants and their families. Our driveway is located off of the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race course — a great spot for a cheer squad. The Leadville Trail 100 Run traces through the Twin Lakes aid station, just minutes away from the house. On race night, you can watch the glow of athletes’ headlamps as they travel Hope Pass.
In addition to welcoming small- to medium-sized dogs upon approval (with a $175 fee), the Wolf Den is also kid and baby friendly. Parents of small children can access 2 portable cribs, 2 booster seats for dining and a supply of toys and books carefully curated by our toddler.
During summer and fall months, the wide flagstone patio and adjacent outdoor pavilion serve as excellent outdoor wedding settings for couples seeking a stunning mountain backdrop to their big day. The patio seats up to 100 guests during ceremonies, and our outdoor pavilion can host seated meals for about 75 family members and friends. (A venue fee does apply.) PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand, we are **no longer booking weddings in 2018.** We ARE accepting wedding bookings for the summer/fall 2019 season. Please click "Contact Owner" to inquire about weddings at the Wolf Den.
The “Den” is our family’s basecamp for backcountry Colorado adventure, and we hope you will consider it for your next Colorado getaway or ski vacation.