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Cascade Ranger Station

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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...

CONFIGURATION:

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

Owner
George and Lynn Wood
Member since: 2007
Speaks: german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 14, 2017

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

Amenities

Cascade House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
sleds, badminton set (by request), Horseshoe pit

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Cascade Ranger Station
average rating of 4.7 based on 50 reviews
Cedar Rapids, IA USA
5

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: July 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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5

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the location of this place. It was very clean and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great place!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

It was a fantastic nature getaway for the family.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean house, and very cozy, we would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house met ours needs very well. Everything was well stocked and it was wonderful to have a washer/dryer in the house. Convenient location to Pike's Peak, Manitou Springs, Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, many more things. George, the owner, even called to check on us when there were storms in the area. You have to try Backroom Pizza next door too! Fun times and we would recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location, good cabin

  • 5 of 5

It had everything we needed! Colorado Springs was just a short drive away with lots to do - thanks, God bless.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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).

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $105
Refundable damage deposit $250
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.