Modern studio offering a private deck & great views in a quiet mountain neighborhood close to Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park Vacation Rental Permit #3281). You will likely encounter herds of elk or deer during your visit, and are welcome to enjoy the starry night in a great hot tub. This cozy, private space offers its own entrance, a queen bed and a sofa bed, and a well appointed kitchenette. Conveniently located 1/2 mile from Marys Lake, and 4 miles from both downtown Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park.
This is a gorgeous, modern studio apartment in a walkout basement of my house, with amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. As you can see in the photos, there is a front living area and a rear bedroom area, but no door separating them.
I want to ensure you will get a good night sleep, so the unit has been outfitted with a Serta queen-sized mattress and a super comfortable 3-inch memory foam mattress topper. The front living area has a futon sofa that can be converted to a full size bed, so the unit can accommodate 3 or 4 people. Please note there is an extra per person fee for more than 2 people.
There is little better in life than sitting in this cozy space (or on the deck!) after a great day in Rocky Mountain National Park, and watching deer and elk graze nearby. If you're lucky you'll spot the neighborhood bobcat, badger, or raccoon family.
This rental is situated a fantastic rural neighborhood on the slopes of Prospect Mountain. The house has unobstructed views because of its elevation. Due to the topography, the house is very isolated and private -- you can't see neighbors and they can't see you.
Recurring comments from guests include the great views, the privacy, the deck, the hot tub, the uncluttered and open space, and the fact that you can watch the sun rise over the mountains from bed if you're so inclined.
You'll be well equipped to do your own cooking while you visit: the kitchenette features a fridge and freezer, a built-in two burner stovetop, toaster, new stainless steel pots/pans, dishes and cutlery, water boiler, and more. Coffee lovers rejoice: there's a Bodum French Press as well as a stainless steel Cuisinart programable drip coffee maker. Please see the photos for more details. There is no oven.
The deck is perfect for lounging and enjoying the view and relaxing. It features two big wooden chaise lounges. The deck's railing has a thick piece of wood on top, and guests often use that as a table top and sit on bar stools and watch the sunset and eat dinner. This unit does not feature a television, but there is speedy WiFi if you want to stream Netflix to your computer or tablet.
If you want to fish, Marys Lake is 1/4 mile away. There's even a beach for sunbathing. If you like rock climbing, there are boulders from V0 to V10, trad routes from 5.5 to 5.12, and sport routes from 5.7 to 5.13 on Prospect Mountain, all of which are 15-20 minutes by foot from the front door. There's also a great hiking trail that goes to the top of Prospect Mountain (the trailhead is 5 minutes by foot from the house), and once there you'll have one of the best views of Estes Park around, with a full panorama of the Continental Divide and Estes Valley. The entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is about 7 minutes via car.
As you can see in the photos, you do need to walk down several flights of steps to get to the unit. Be prepared for this!
Overall, this studio is a great base for outdoor lovers who want peace and quiet and want to experience all the wonders of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains.
You'll have your own private entry, deck, bathroom, kitchen, and living space.
You are free to use the shared hot tub, fire pit, and picnic space if you want. Please ask before using the picnic space and fire pit, as there are often temporary burn bans in Estes Park and I need to make sure it's allowed at the time of your visit.
A few things about the hot tub: This is a shared hot tub that is next to the main entrance to the house. It is not located on the studio's private deck. I keep the water clean and tend to it regularly, but people often track in decomposed granite pebbles that sink to the bottom and don't get picked up by the filter. I remove these every few weeks, but not every day. I also use bromine instead of chlorine, and bromine can sometimes discolor the water. Don't fret; it's still clean.
I'm happy to offer advice on great hikes to take, both inside and outside Rocky Mountain National Park. I've lived in Estes Park since 2006 and would love to help you make the most of their visit to town.
The house is located up a steep dirt road that every once in a while is inaccessible to 2WD cars during snow storms. It is regularly plowed, and the snow here melts super fast, but access can't be guaranteed in the worst weather unless you have AWD or 4WD. A few times a year, neighbors without 4WD will park at the bottom of the hill and walk up to their homes, which is steep but only takes a few minutes.
Please note you will need to descend a number of steps to get to the house. Once at the front door of the house, you'll turn right and descend another flight of steps on the side of the house to get to the studio. Please check the photos to see if this is okay with you.
This is a wonderful neighborhood in one of the more rural parts of Estes Park. We are only a few miles from downtown, but things are quiet here!
I would recommend not leaving food in your car, as bears have been known to get a little curious.
It's pretty easy to get around here, but if you want to take public transport, you can take a 5-10 minute walk to Marys Lake and pick up the free shuttle bus that runs around town. Please note that the bus only runs in the high season.