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The Wolf Den: Unforgettable Mt. Elbert + Twin Lakes Views on 6 Quiet Acres

Twin Lakes, Lake County, CO, USA
  • House3500 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

5BR, 3.5BA Secluded Mountain Home; Sleeps Up to 16 Guests

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.


Gretchen Sparling

Member Since 2017
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About Gretchen Sparling

Greetings! We're the Sparling family. We've traveled across Colorado and beyond, and we keep coming back to Twin Lakes for its stunning views, endless dirt trails and soaring mountain summits. Although we're used to calling a tent our vacation "home," as parents we found that having a comfortable basecamp close to the action and large enough for a crowd suits our family best. We're excited to share this incredible mountain home with others.

Gretchen Sparling purchased this House in 2017

Why Gretchen Sparling chose Twin Lakes

This property, which we call the Wolf Den, was custom-designed by a local couple in 2005. A thoughtful floor plan maximizes the 180-degree views of Mt. Elbert, Parry Peak, Hope Pass and the waters of Twin Lakes. You can't beat these views! Proximity to the area's many trailheads, including the area's many 14ers, was a critical selling point for our family. Unlike many homes in the Twin Lakes area, the Wolf Den comfortably hosts several families at once — sleeping as many as 14 guests — and yet each couple will feel as if they have ample space and privacy. The main living spaces allow our large extended family and friends to spend evenings sharing meals, playing card games or simply sitting around reliving the day's adventures on the trail. Under our family's new ownership, the home features a renovated kitchen with modern appliances, comfortable seating both indoors and outdoors, all-new linens and more. Guests who stay at the Wolf Den will experience modern interior design balanced with the comfort and seclusion of a mountain cabin.

What makes this House unique

While we like to spend most of our time kicking up dirt on the miles of Twin Lakes trails, the great thing about this house is that you can experience the flora and fauna of beautiful Colorado without leaving the comfort of home. In early morning, sit on the back porch with a hot mug of coffee and you can watch the home's colony of chipmunks or you might be lucky enough to see a curious red fox. From the living room sofa, guests can gaze at the peak of Elbert — no trail shoes required. During fall, the home's enclave of golden aspen will brighten your days. Choose to kick back and relax at home, or head out to the area's many attractions, from fishing, paddling, rafting, hiking, skiing and so much more.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Bedroom 3 - Upstairs
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4 - Upstairs
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Attached shared bathroom
      • Bedroom 2 - Downstairs
        1 queen, Access to powder bathroom.
      • Bedroom 1 - Master
        1 queen, Attached master bathroom.
      • Bedroom 5 - Garage Apartment
        1 queen, Attached bathroom. Futon sleeps extra guests.


        • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1 - Master
          toilet, shower, jetted tub, Duel sinks.
        • Bathroom 2 - Downstairs
        • Bathroom 3 - Upstairs
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 4 - Apartment
          toilet, combination tub/shower

          Location Type

            • Lake View
              View Twin Lakes — two vast glacial lakes at the base of Colorado's tallest peak, Mt. Elbert — from the Wolf Den.
            • Mountain View
              The Wolf Den offers incredible 180-degree views of 13,000-foot peaks or higher, including Colorado's tallest mountain, Mt. Elbert. Porch & house views include Hope Pass, Twin Peaks, La Plata and more.
            • Village
              The village of Twin Lakes serves as a hub for Hwy. 82 / Independence Pass route to Aspen. Rich in history, don't miss visiting the Interlaken Hotel and the Twin Lakes Inn.


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


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                          Crisp and clean hotel-like linens and towels.
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Brand new, available for guests.
                        • Garage
                          Garage parking for two vehicles.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Radiant heating.
                        • Internet
                          Wifi available for guests.
                        • Fireplace
                          Gas indoor fireplace in living room.
                        • Living Room
                          Comfortable seating, TV and DVD player, floor-to-ceiling moss rock fireplace.
                        • Parking
                          Driveway parking for up to four vehicles.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Crisp and clean hotel-like towels.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Brand-new side-by-side washing machine and dryer available to guests. Detergent supplied. Large capacity.
                        • Wood Stove
                          Small wood stove located in pergola outdoor dining area.


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Drip coffeemaker and filters provided at the home.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Well-organized dishes and cookware, including pots, pans, cooking utensils, grilling utensils and more.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Features modern appliances, including fridge, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, drip coffeemaker, Crock-Pot, toaster. Offers dry ingredients like flour, sugar, cooking oil, spices, tea, cocoa.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Large selection of dry ingredients include flour, sugar, baking ingredients, tea, cocoa, cider, cooking oil and spices.
                            • Refrigerator
                              Brand-new side-by-side refrigerator with ice maker.
                            • Stove
                              Brand-new electric stovetop with vent hood.
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Table, chair, large bench and bar seating seats up to 10 guests.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                      Small selection of books located in Downstairs Bedroom 2.
                                    • DVD Player
                                      Small selection of DVDs also available.
                                    • Game Room
                                      Upstairs loft serves as kids' playroom, and includes small selection of toddler-approved toys.
                                    • Games
                                      Board games, cards and puzzles located in sunroom coffee table.
                                    • Stereo
                                      Bose speaker located in living room and available for guests to use.
                                    • Television
                                      One large flatscreen in living room.
                                    • Toys
                                      Small selection of kids' toys and books available in upstairs loft playroom.
                                    • Video Library
                                      Small DVD selection available in living room.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Large flagstone back patio features multiple seating areas and dining areas with comfortable furniture. Outdoor firepit available to use with wood provided.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Two kayaks available for guests upon request only.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Gas grill with propane provided.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Outdoor hot tub located on north side of home with exquisite mountain and lake views.


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • photography
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • The remote (yet easy-to-access) location of the Wolf Den will allow your family to "get away from it all" yet have so much at your fingertips. This four-season retreat is excellent for large families or groups — particularly those seeking affordable ski vacations. A short 30-minute drive to Leadville's Ski Cooper lands you in one of the area's most enjoyable (and comparatively cheap) ski resorts. No matter when you visit, WIFI means you can stay connected — if you must — but the mountains are calling. Get out and explore the miles of trails, vast rivers and lakes. After a day outdoors, cook for a hungry crowd in the recently renovated kitchen or grill your favorite foods on the outdoor gas grill. Roast s'mores on the firepit as the sun sets behind Mt. Elbert. After dark, kick back on an outdoor chaise lounge to view an incredible aerial landscape of stars. After a good night's rest on the comfortable, hotel-like bedding, you will be ready to start another day of exploring.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  14 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Gorgeous place for a family vacation

                                                                  Alena B.Denver, CO

                                                                  Our extended family enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Wolf Den over Easter/spring break. We had six adults and six kids ranging from 3 month old twins to age 14 and the flow of the house worked perfectly... everyone had their own space with plenty of room to get together as a group. The touches in the home are lovely - nice beds, sheets, towels, furnishings, and the best stocked kitchen of any rental home that we've visited. We all enjoyed the hot tub every day. And the view - wow. From watching the sun come up over the mountains to watching a winter storm move in, it truly needs to be seen to be believed.

                                                                  The location of the Wolf Den is great as well. We went sledding and shopping in Leadville (and to the Leadville urgent care when our little guy got sick - not fun but nice to have not too far away); skied Cooper, Monarch, and Breck; hiked to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse for dinner (totally worth it); and explored the Twin Lakes themselves. When we didn't feel like going out, we loved sitting by the fireplace inside or roasting marshmallows in the fire pit outside.

                                                                  Our only complaint was the trash situation - you have to sort your own trash and recyclables and then drive them out to the trash facility, which took more time than anticipated and just wasn't a very fun way to end the trip.

                                                                  Trash notwithstanding, the Wolf Den is a lovely home in a gorgeous location and we will always have wonderful memories of our time spent there as a family. Oh, and Gretchen, the owner, was very helpful and responsive throughout the whole process, from booking to checkout. Thank you, Gretchen, for a fabulous stay!

                                                                  Beautiful home with amazing view!

                                                                  Dana K.

                                                                  Our "Wolfpack" of 4 families stayed at the Wolf Den for Spring Break. It was perfect for our large group. We never felt crowded and had plenty of room to spread out. We enjoyed the amazing view of Mt. Elbert by the fire pit and hot tub outside, and the kids loved exploring the property. The house was clean and kitchen had everything we needed for cooking. The kids enjoyed the complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and selection of hot tea! The house had toys, lots of games and movies for the kids too. Ski Cooper was an easy 30 minute drive through Leadville, where we could pick up groceries or grab pizza for dinner. We loved the Wolf Den and look forward to future stays here!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  So glad you guys enjoyed your time at the Wolf Den! We'd love to have your "wolfpack" back anytime! :) -Gretchen

                                                                  Perfect for family getaway

                                                                  Celina O.

                                                                  The Wolf Den is such a great property and an incredible value! We stayed with my sister/brother in law, my parents and our kids, 12 total. We had plenty of room for everyone. The kids loved playing in the snow and made a mini sled ramp on the sprawling property. We enjoyed s'mores and hanging out on the patio and enjoying the amazing views each day. We hiked behind Twin Lakes one day and made the short trip to Leadville for skiing. The house is super tidy, and very well stocked, with everything you could possibly need and more. And Gretchen was very easy to work with, checked in on us and responded quickly with any questions. About the only suggestion I could make would be to take your trash out during daylight hours. My husband and brother in law went at night and had a hard time finding it since it was not lit up, but this is not the owner's fault.

                                                                  I'm pretty sure we'll be returning here! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, Celina! I'm so glad your Texas kiddos got to experience snow on our property. We appreciate the excellent feedback you mention about visiting the trash-drop site during daylight hours, and will be sure to share this tip with future guests. We hope you visit again soon! -Gretchen

                                                                  Absolutely stunning!!!

                                                                  Greg W.

                                                                  This property was everything we wanted. Three families with a total of 5 kids enjoyed the property and all the amenities. It was well furnished, there was plenty to do in and around the area, and was easy to get to. Unbelievable views! Gretchen was great to work with. Already planning our next visit.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much, Greg! We’d love to have you stay again. -Gretchen

                                                                  Beautiful home with BEAUTIFUL views!

                                                                  Shelley K.

                                                                  This is a cozy, yet spacious, home with gorgeous geography surrounding it.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for staying at the Wolf Den, Shelley!

                                                                  Absolutely breathtaking!

                                                                  Faythe C.

                                                                  My kids and I had a wonderful time at Twin Lakes! The house was everything we needed and more for a quiet celebration. Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us. We'll be back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for staying at the Wolf Den, Faythe! Hope you and your family come and visit again soon. -Gretchen


                                                                  Twin Lakes, Lake County, CO, USA

                                                                  The Wolf Den is located minutes away from Twin Lakes village, a rural town in the heart of Central Colorado's tallest peaks. View mountains, lakes, wildlife and high-altitude landscape from the home's secluded 2.5 acres. Gain access to miles upon miles of hiking, cycling, mountaineering, fishing, rafting, exploring and so much more in this outdoor paradise. The Wolf Den welcomes guests in all seasons. We are a 35-minute drive to Ski Cooper in Leadville, and all roads are plowed and do not require 4WD.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Dogs welcome with approval of owner. A dog fee of $25/dog per night will be applicable ($175/week)

                                                                  14 Reviews
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