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Cascade Ranger Station

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Cascade House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3.5 Bedrooms (Sleeps 9), 1.5 Baths

From the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, this comfortable Victorian served as the region's Ranger Station. Today it is rejuvenated and furnished to reflect its past as a gathering place for locals and visitors eager to hike, hunt and fish among Pikes Peak's legendary forested slopes. Your stay at the Ranger Station will open the door to an earlier time when folks came up Ute Pass to relax among the aspen, mountain spruce and ponderosa, away from the heat and bustle of flatland city life.

The Station's spacious kitchen welcomes you into a real connection with great-grandma, sitting at the table over coffee or tea, chatting and keeping hands busy helping with dinner chores. The dining table invites your family to eat the old-fashioned way--together, enjoying meals with the honest hunger that fresh air and exercise bring on. Food will never taste so good, nor sleep seem so deep and sweet, as in the embrace of this generous old house. In the livingroom, the 100+ year-old fireplace still works, reminding us that summer is only one of Colorado’s mountain moods.

The Station is completely furnished with everything you need to be comfortable on your vacation. The kitchen is set up with refrigerator, oven-stove, microwave, dishes, flatware, toaster -- we've tried to think of all that a good cook needs; there's a barbecue grill and picnic table outside too. Inside, you can relax with a good book or watch a movie from satellite, a DVD or VHS, or, if you must, access your email with hi-speed wireless.

The master bedroom has a queen bed and connects to the main bath.

Upstairs, the America Bunkroom has a bunk with a twin upper and a double lower. If needed, there's also room for a queen airbed.

The Forest Bunkroom has a bunk with a twin upper and double lower. The Campfire Room connects from it with a twin bed. Total sleeping space in the main house is 9. A half-bath serves immediate needs upstairs. A laundry room has a washer and dryer.

At last, you're at your Colorado home-away-from-home, furnished and decorated to awaken in you that feeling described by Gonzo’s song in 'The Muppet Movie':

This looks familiar -- vaguely familiar,

Almost unreal, yet, -- it's too soon to feel yet;

So close to home, and yet so far away--

I’m going to go back there someday...


Master bedrm: queen bed (sleeps 2)

Upstairs: America bedrm: bunk with twin upper, double l lower (sleeps 3); queen air bed available (2)

Forest bedrm: bunk with twin upper, double

lower (sleeps 3); Campfire room: twin bed (1)

These entries from the Guestbook speak for themselves:

'What a wonderful cozy cottage – Everything was so comfortable for us. So perfect for exploring this incredible area – centrally located to explore the local sites: Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Cliff Dwellings and Pikes Peak – also close enough for day trips to the Arkansas River rafting, Royal Gorge and Red Rocks concerts. Our stayed was blessed and we thank you for being humble hosts.' Lise & Dave L.

“We really enjoyed the cabin. It has a lot of charm. The location is great. Thank you for all your hard work.” Jodie & John Day, New Orleans, LA

'Our family was truly blessed to have chanced upon this wonderful cottage! Our son’s Air Force Academy Graduation was even more special by the comfort and unbelievable hospitality and amenities so graciously shared by Happy Trails. The location was ideal for sightseeing yet close enough to the Academy for the week’s events. The memories for the week will include the family barbeques, nightly card games and the beautiful view our family was able to share. Thank you' Mark & Sue R

'We truly enjoyed our stay. Being at a home with everything here already was truly a blessing. Knowing that we all share the hope and love of Jesus was a special perk. The house was comfy, private, a great relaxation 'base of operations' for our family vacation. Staying here put a real nice bow on the top. In Him, Joel, for all the Miles Family'

'Our final night in Colorado - it's been quite a trip! We attended a family wedding, went white-water rafting, and saw some sights we didn't get to see ten years ago when we were here last. It was a comfort to come back to this cozy cottage - all the comforts of home! Thank you for your hospitality - for calling and checking up on us - most likely we will return again. Until then, a warm thankyou from the Walter Family for providing us a safe, lovely place to rest.'

'We have enjoyed staying at your home. It was very comfortable and you have provided all the things we needed. This area is beautiful and we have enjoyed all the sights. It was wonderful to explore during the day and catch up with our friends at night. We were excited to see a bear wandering past the house one morning. We also enjoyed the baby birds in the bird house on the porch. Thanks again for providing such a nice place to stay.' Steve, Marian, Ruth, Rhonda, Dennis & Marie from England, Minnesota & Tennessee

'The house was a great relaxing respite for us during our stay. We are here to have a family vacation while Justin reports to the USAFA Prep School - a bittersweet combination as our first leaves the family nest. We've had a great time seeing the Garden of the Gods, the Academy, Molly Kathleen Mine, Arkansas River white-water rafting, fishing at 11-Mile Reservoir and visiting the hot springs in Buena Vista. We have been busy! We had a great time and have many memories of this week... We'll be back!' The Smith's, Rose's & Walter's

'Thank you so much! We had such a great time!! We had our whole family here and had an AMAZING time! The house was beautiful. We loved all the wildlife. Thanks again' The Fletchers, Skagens, Valentines & Kasseths

'Thank you, we had a lovely time here. The house is wonderful and has a great location. We spent many mornings on the porch reading and enjoying the mountains.' The Giers - Overland Park, KS

'Happy Trails' to you ... until we meet again. The Fagues loved your cozy and adorable home. We all would stay here again. Thank you and God bless!' Fague Family - Petaluma, CA

'Thank you for the charming and cozy place to stay during our wonderful week here. May God bless you and those who follow behind.' The Siffords - Mesquite, TX

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

George and Lynn Wood
Member since: 2007
Speaks: german
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About George and Lynn Wood

George and Lynn are not Colorado natives, but this is Home. George first came to Colorado to attend the USAF Academy in 1965. After graduation he was briefly stationed in Colorado as a young Intelligence officer prior to his assignment to Korea. After Korea and training in counter-insurgency, George served in Southeast Asia. His next assignment was in Hawaii where he met and married Lynn, who had been teaching at the University of Hawaii. A son and daughter soon rounded out their ohana. In 1978, a visit with friends in Colorado convinced them that this was eventually to be their permanent home. 14 years later, after living overseas, experiencing many cultures, and watching the Soviet empire fall, they finally made it to Colorado! They originally bought their Woodland Park and Cascade houses in 2002 as long-term rentals, but found that converting them to comfortable refuges for vacationers offered them better opportunities to meet and interact with great families from all over the world. George is now retired; he and Lynn have raised and shown some wonderful Bernese Mountain Dogs, in addition to having the honor and pleasure of hosting many visitors to our corner of paradise.

George and Lynn Wood purchased this house in 2001


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Cascade Ranger Station
average rating of 4.75 based on 36 reviews
Cedar Rapids, IA USA

Makes An Already Great Vacation Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time in Colorado Springs...and much of it was due to us choosing the Ranger Station as our temporary home "away from home".

That, actually, is a great way to describe our experience. Coming home from long days of walking, rafting, and sightseeing are so much easier when you're surrounded by a place that feels a lot more like home than a "one size fits three" hotel room.

Our group included Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, a 14-year-old and a 9-year-old. There wasn't a single amenity we needed. A full bath, a half bath, plenty of places to sleep, a complete kitchen, laundry...there is nothing we needed while visiting.

The Station is clean and the views each morning are spectacular. It helps, too, that George (the owner) was helpful through the entire process of booking our stay and helped point us in the right direction of some great fun activities everyone in our group could enjoy.

I will keep their contact information handy and always feel great recommending the Ranger Station to whoever expresses an interest in seeing the best Colorado has to offer.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always an honor and a pleasure to share the treasures of our corner of Colorado and serve guests like this family.
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We brought our kids to enjoy the mountains of Colorado and had a great time! Everything was clean and the layout worked great for our family. With four kids, they loved the upstairs rooms. Very cozy place--my kids referred to it as "the cottage." When they got tired on a mountain hike, they wanted to go back to "the cottage." We had a great vacation and hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you and your family enjoyed your visit. Sorry we didn't get to meet you. Your reservation was also a testament to the convenience and efficiency of the VRBO system since, as you know, I was climbing a "fin" hundreds of feet high in Arches Natl Park in Utah, but still had cell phone coverage, when you requested to stay at the Ranger Station.
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Very nice, quiet cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The Cascade ranger station was a very nice home away from home for the weekend. It is very well equipped, quiet, and cozy. We had a great time up in the hills, and it was very conveniently located right next to a lot of spots we wanted to see. The fact that it is located right next to the wines of Colorado and a winery made it even nicer. Thanks for the great trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southwest Kansas

Beautiful older historic home with a Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have used "Vacation Rentals by Owner several times and have had our expectations exceed every time. However, this place, The Cascade Ranger Station, has moved to the top of our list. This was the first vacation, ever, for 4 of our 5 adopted children living at home. What a perfect place to experience the amazement through new eyes. The Cascade Ranger Station was very well supplied with everything our family needed during our 1 week stay and provided enough room, inside and out, for everyone to enjoy times together, as well as, personal activity. The location of Cascade has perfect access to activities around Colorado Springs, a scenic drive to Royal Gorge, and everything between. Woodland Park is close enough to provide any need of supplies. The home is not new, but this only adds to the historical character. It is, however, very clean and comfortable. I was delighted to speak with George, the owner, on two separate occasions during our stay. Moments of conversation, I will take with me a life time. There are two other homes on the property located in close proximity. These did not create any problem. In fact, one evening was spend delightfully interacting with one of the other families staying in a different home. It was great to be in conversation while watching all the children playing together in the large yard. We have taken away a lifetime of memories. I very highly recommend The Cascade Ranger Station or any of the properties offered by George and Lynn. We will certainly book here again when traveling back to the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Des Moines, IA

Spacious and great location!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 3 night relaxing stay at the charming ranger station! The kitchen had absolutely everything we needed and the laundry facilities were appreciated as well! I loved the front porch and could have stayed there and relaxed all day if there weren't so many fun things to see and do in the area. This spot was well located for all the things we wanted to do. Our kids loved the bunk beds and there were even a few small trucks and toys that my 3 year old was thrilled to find to play with. Thank you for a comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cascade Ranger Station

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Ranger Station. We had the feeling of camping in the woods but with a kitchen, bathrooms and beds! The house is well equipped with a nice-sized kitchen and all the necessary utensils. We ate many meals "in" and enjoyed the quiet and comfortable atmosphere of the house. Full-service grocery stores (at least 2) are within a 10 minute drive. Our son and family shared a few days with us and the kids (age 7 & 9) enjoyed the bunk beds and the open area around the house for outdoor activity.

The house was clean and tidy at our arrival and we felt right at home from the very beginning. We enjoyed how close several of the attractions around Colorado Springs are. We liked Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings and The North Pole--all within less than 10 minutes. The only negative we found was that there is noticeable road noise from US-24 if you are outside in the yard or on the porch. Inside the house with the front door closed the road noise is hardly noticeable.

The owners were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this property to friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This owner has not provided a specific location. If you would like more information, please contact the owner.
Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Colorado Springs Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Wines of Colorado
Car: necessary

Centrally located to attractions: 8 minutes down Ute Pass from Woodland Park, 5 minutes up from Manitou Springs and 10 minutes from Colorado Springs. 1.2 miles to Pikes Peak Toll booth: 9 miles drive to the top of Pikes Peak on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb highway Visit Santa's Workshop and the North Pole, take the Pikes Peak Highway to Catamount Lake or all the way to the Pike's Peak Summit. (See the Area Activities button on our website for a comprehensive page of links to Pike's Peak regional activities).


Rates & Availability

Cascade House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season II
Oct 1 2016 - May 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
High Season
May 16 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $105
Tax Rate 5.72%

The first 50% of the stay is due 90 days prior to arrival with the final due 15 days prior.
Please call if you have further questions or you would like to make a reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Cascade House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Campfire Room - 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 1
    Forest Bunkroom - 1 bunk bed , Twin upper, double lower (sleeps 3)
    America Bunkroom - 1 bunk bed , Twin upper, double lower (sleeps 3)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
sleds, badminton set (by request), Horseshoe pit

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