Cascade Ranger Station

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Last updated: 10/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Financially responsible adult age 30. No groups of unrelated persons under 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Sleeps 2...moreless

  • Campfire Room: 1 twin/ single

    Sleeps 1...moreless

  • Forest Bunkroom: 1 bunk bed

    Twin upper, double lower (sleeps 3)...moreless

  • America Bunkroom: 1 bunk bed

    Twin upper, double lower (sleeps 3)...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • sleds, badminton set (by request), Horseshoe pit


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Veggie-Tales, Family Classics....moreless


  • Family
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining table for six; kitchen table seats four; kitchen corner nook seats one. Highchair on request....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 9 people


  • 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:

    Stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, hot pot, dishes, pots and pans, flatware, utensils....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Crock pot...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 36 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season II
Oct 1 - May 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$750 $1,400

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

High Season
May 16 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$750 $1,400
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you 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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Last updated: 10/15/2016
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Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: 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.

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  • view from south

    view from south

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • America Bunkroom

    America Bunkroom

  • Old Fashioned Front Porch

    Old Fashioned Front Porch

  • Regular visitors

    Regular visitors

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen


  • Forest Bunkroom and Campfire Room

    Forest Bunkroom and Campfire Room

  • America Bunkroom Reading Nook

    America Bunkroom Reading Nook

  • view from porch

    view from porch

VRBO #142525

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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