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120 acre Private Ranch! Pristine Mountain Views & Wilderness!

Black Hawk, CO, USA
  • Estate5000 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 6 nights

6 Bedroom, 3 and 1/4 Bath Log Cabin Lodge (Sleeps 14)

A place so picturesque....The Weather Channel's 'Freaks of Nature' The Human Eclipse was filmed here. Blue Sky Ranch was the backdrop for the 2nd half of the show. This beauty has even been host to an Oscar winning director, best selling authors, celebrities and top of their game athletes/sports stars who use it to recharge and be inspired in their creative and training process.

Imagine arriving to a private mountain vacation home estate thru a long and winding quarter mile driveway ending at a large log cabin lodge atop a mountain that overlooks The Great Rocky Mountain Chain.....no peek-a-boo views here! Full ON mountain range views from almost every window of the home and a thriving, diverse natural forest to explore. Space and privacy you just cannot get ANYWHERE else.

Enjoy the most AMAZING sunsets from your private enclave on top of the world with not a neighbor in site.

It IS one of the very FEW properties in the state you need NOT leave the property to enjoy your vacation! Great spot for extended family, corporate retreats, intimate weddings or reunions as Blue Sky Mountain Ranch is within an hour of Denver International Airport. Having an event? See the bottom of this description.

It's honestly the quickest way to unplug and enjoy nature and no crowds!

No more 3 hour trips up Interstate 70 in traffic to enjoy a ski or summer vacation, or the wilderness! You can enjoy it right here, 57 miles from Denver International Airport!

120 acres of pure mountain bliss & wilderness with on site check-in and caretaker to point out areas of interest. Take advantage of miles of hiking & biking immediately outside the door with a seasonal stream bed, hills, valleys, large rock outcrops, a diverse forest and flowery meadows. It will take you a week to explore this property. And if you stay longer, the Ranch adjoins national forest on it's entire Northern border, so you can enjoy even more exploring!

Blue Sky Ranch is so exclusive & private, you will feel like you are the only humans on the planet and in one of the most serene and nature inspired settings most never see, totally lacking in any sense of development nearby. On the other hand, you are in very close proximity to all the things one expects to do in Colorado.

On property there's:

Miles of hiking & challenging biking

Roasting marshmallows by campfire

ATVing or 4 wheeling (seasonally)

Archery/Target Range/Skeet Shooting

Full Sized Volleyball Court (seasonally from Memorial Day end of May through October)



Viewing Wildlife & Birdwatching

Rock Climbing

Skiing (seasonally)

Camping or Glamping

Some activities above are at additional fees.

And near to the property, you can also go:

Fishing (within a mile)

Horseback Riding (5 miles)

Alpine Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort (11 miles)

Gambling at the nearby 38 casinos of Black Hawk (18 miles)

White Water Rafting (seasonally 30 miles)

Kayaking/Tubing (seasonally 22 miles)

Ride the carousel or visit a mining museum in nearby Nederland 7 miles away.

Tour a real Gold Mine in Idaho Springs or stroll Pearl Street in Boulder both within 20 to 30 miles away!

ABOUT THE HOME: The master bedroom boasts a whole wing of the home which spans TWO levels, a 2 person hot tub with flat screen TV, king sized wine barrel stave bed with top of the line Tempurpedic mattress, walk-in closet, in suite master bath, and a giant wall of windows allowing you to wake up to the most incredible mountain views.

Aside from a gorgeous master, there are 5 other cozy guest rooms.

Guest Room 2- Upstairs Southwest Suite, Queen

Guest Room 3- Downstairs Bear's Den, Queen

Guest Room 4- Downstairs Fisherman's Abode, Queen

Guest Room 5- Bunk Room Loft, 2 twins & 1 King

Guest Room 6- The Gold Mine alcove, 2 twin beds

Finally, we have a Pak n Play that can be set up in any one of the rooms for infants/toddlers. We also have a high chair.

The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, butcher block counter tops matching the theme of a lodge in the wilderness and it's fully equipped with top of the line flat ware, place settings, pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, double sinks, and all the implements to cook a gourmet meal. An additional walk-in pantry houses anything else you may need including BBQ implements, outdoor dishware, spices, cookbooks, etc.

The dining area inside has service for 6 but can squeeze 8. The dining deck outside with BBQ featuring the GREEN EGG, has service for 6 but can squeeze 8. The picnic table on the flagstone patio easily seats 12.

An accommodating study includes a phone, free local and long distance calling. International calls however will be billed to the credit card you have on file with us. Wifi is also available throughout the home. Just bring the laptop or iPad!

The bottom floor features a wet bar with mini fridge, theater with 65 inch Flat screen LED Smart TV with HDMI patch, remote controlled automatic black out shades, dvd library, cd library, Wii Gaming console with games, and surround sound. Entertainment system plays music all over the house including outside on our entertainment decks.

Outside and to the right of the master bedroom wing, there is a 6 seat hot tub with redwood sundeck featuring comfortable chaise lounges, benches, garden seating, a hammock and a natural stone fire pit.

Keywords: 5 star rustic luxury, private and secluded Log Cabin Estate on 120 acre forested mountain ranch. GLAMPING on Steroids! Rocky Mountains Views, Creek, Natural Forest, Gambling, White water rafting, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking, down hill or cross country skiing and target practice, close to airport. Pet friendly. Great for small corporate retreats, weddings, reunions and family get togethers.

Additional On-Property Amenities include:

(please make us aware of your interest in any these activities PRIOR to your arrival at the ranch, some activities require additional fees and advance notice)

ATV guided tours

Archery (equipment included)

Skeet Shooting or Plinking/Target Shooting at our Gun Range

Wine & Cheese Sunset Hike


Tai Chi or Wing Chun introductory lesson

Food Shopping & Stocking service prior to check-in.


Guests wishing to hold events, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, or parties of any kind, etc., please clarify event 'type' and total 'number' of guests when inquiring. Any additional guests visiting the ranch over and above registered overnight guests is considered an event which requires a separate agreement in addition to your vacation rental agreement. Max guest count for Blue Sky Ranch outdoor events is 70 including overnight guests. We define an event is any guest stay that invites more day guests to property than our 14 guest max. The package rate for an event is $7800 and includes the following:

4 nights/5 days for up to 14 overnight guests, (2) pre-planning visits/appointments, the ceremony site and/or event site, up to (2) port-a-johns, (1) large rental dumpster that will be brought to the site for event rubbish, parking assistance and a few hours of logistical assistance by property manager(s) on the day of the event. If you book a "holiday" weekend, there is an additional $1000 up-charge. The month of July is not open for weddings. Tours of property require a $150 visit/appointment fee which will be credited back to you once you confirm your booking with both rental agreements & deposit. The interior of the home may not be used for events, only outside spaces. Day guests attending your event will not be permitted inside the home for any reason. For weddings or events, we have a ceremony or event site. If you'd like to review our event venue agreement in addition to the vacation rental agreement, please contact us. Please see our blueskymountainranch website for pictures and videos of events and to get all other necessary information regarding events.


Jennifer & Kevin Russell

Member Since 2011
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About Jennifer & Kevin Russell

We LOVE animals and love to travel. The properties we've chosen to live and vacation in are some of the unique properties we've come across in our travels. We take great pride in constant upgrades and property development to our homes and hope you enjoy them.

Jennifer & Kevin Russell purchased this Estate in 2005

Why Jennifer & Kevin Russell chose Black Hawk

Owning a mountain ranch was one of our dreams. Our top criteria for choosing this place was 1) Views 2) lots of acres and privacy 3) within an hour of the airport 4) centrally located in that it is close to those activities that everyone comes to Colorado for.

What makes this Estate unique

PRIVACY, VIEWS AND A WILDERNESS WONDERLAND! You won't want to leave. Mother nature sure puts on a show here, from the wildlife, to the trees, sunsets, weather, it's all amazing!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • Massive Mountain View Master
        1 king, in suite bath, hot tub, flat screen tv, walk in closet
      • Southwest Suite
        1 queen, Walk in closet, Flat Screen TV, black out shades
      • Wildlife Retreat
        1 queen, Best Guest Bedroom Views from this room!
      • The Creek Retreat
        1 queen, Great views, Flat Screen TV & DVD Player
      • The Buckin' Bronco Loft Bunk Room
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 2 kids & 2 adults
      • The Gold Mine
        2 twin/ single, Sleeps 2 adults or 2 children
      • We have an additional Pack n Play for infants or toddlers that can be set up in any one of the bedrooms by request. (1) Stroller & high chair are also available by request.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Master's Bathroom
        toilet, shower, jetted tub
      • On Suite Southwest Bath
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Also common bath to kitchen/dining area
      • The Bass Room
        toilet, combination tub/shower, The Wildlife & Fishing Retreat's share this one
      • Mudroom
        shower, Shower, Washer & Dryer
      • Each bathroom is appointed with amenities, fresh towels and hair dryers.

      Location Type

        • Monument View
          Rocky Mountains - Views from Jaymes Peak to Longs Peak
        • Mountain View
          The Rocky Mountain Chain is viewable from our decks and most of the windows in the homes.
        • Rural
          120 private forested, mountainous and meadowed acres to play in.
        • Ski-In
          Cross Country skiing. Bring your skis!
        • Ski-Out
          Cross Country skiing. Bring your skis!
        • Waterfront
          Seasonal Stream runs through the middle of the property.


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      All beds will be made up in each of the bedrooms just prior to your check-in.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Ceiling fans in upstairs south & west facing rooms. At almost 9000 ft altitude, the climate is naturally comfortable (20 degrees F cooler than the high plains). There really isn't a need for AC.
                    • Fireplace
                      wood & matches supplied
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Free weights and (2) mountain bikes-ask at the time you book, so we can place them in or immediately outside the home for you.
                    • Free Long Distance
                      Free Long Distance for any national calls throughout the US. All Local calls are also at no charge.
                    • Garage
                      not available for guest use unless specific arrangements are made at the time of booking
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Radiant Heat. Fireplace.
                    • Internet
                      wifi throughout home
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      initial set of Dryer Sheets included
                    • Living Room
                      We have a Theater and a living room. The living room seats 10. The Theater seats 9.
                    • Parking
                      parking for up to 5 vehicles- unless you've contracted us for event rental and venue agreement at additional fees
                    • Parking Off Street
                      PLENTY of Room for parking in the very large driveway
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Additional charge- Squirrel's Nest has power & water, a deck and is great for RV's. This small part of the property may or may not be available depending on the season.
                    • Telephone
                      (3) Wireless phones are available for you to use.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Full set of Towels in each bathroom 6 Beach Towels for use in the Outdoor Hot Tub 2 Spa Towels for the Indoor Hot Tub
                    • Washing Machine
                      initial supply of Detergeant & Bleach
                    • Wireless Internet
                      available all over the house and outdoors within 200 feet in all directions
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      In main living area. Wood and kindling is provided for your use.
                    • Wood Stove
                      wood is supplied for you.


                        • Kitchen
                          with walk-in Pantry 5 gas burner stove with oven and warming drawer
                        • Catering Available
                          We would need your requests about this service at the time you inquire on a reservation.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Completely and fully equipped.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Two service sets: 8 indoor/8 outdoor. Tupperware, pots/pans, casserole dishes, serving dishes, serving sets, rice Cooker, Toaster Oven, Over sized Crock Pot, Blender, Turkey Roasting pot & more
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Large Home size Stainless Mr Coffee and Coffee Grinder- initial supplies of coffee and amenities
                        • Microwave
                          Stainless microwave is also a convection oven
                        • Oven
                          Full convection over with warming drawer
                        • Pantry Items
                          Honey, all barbecue items & utensils, jellies/jams, limited supply of some condiments, chopper/slicer, cookbooks, additional dishware and glassware, paper plates, plastic cups, napkins
                        • Refrigerator
                          French Door Stainless steel Fridge with bottom freezer with ice maker and water in the door.
                        • Stove
                          Stainless Gas 5 burner stove with warming drawer
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster Oven


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining Table indoors comfortably seats 6, but can seat 8 when squeezing. Dining Table outdoors seats 6 more and is in very close proximity to both kitchen and indoor dining area.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Stereo
                                  Typical Pro Logic Stereo handles the AV for the entire house.
                                • Books
                                  about 80 books in all genres
                                • DVD Player
                                  2 -1 in the Theater and 1 in the fishing retreat guest room
                                • Game Room
                                  Although there is no game room, We do have a FULL SIZED Volleyball court, Cornhole court and Archery Range.
                                • Games
                                  4 board games
                                • Music Library
                                  CD Music Library of close to 100 CD's in all genres to choose from.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  (6) Dish Network in 6 of the rooms
                                • CD Player
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  small toys for children 4 to 10
                                • VCR
                                • Video Game Console
                                  Wii Gaming System- bring your favorites. We have about 5 titles.
                                • Video Games
                                  for Wii Gaming System
                                • Video Library
                                  Library of close to 50 DVD's in all genres to choose from.


                                    • Balcony
                                      One balcony of the kitchen and one balcony of the living room.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Mountain bikes can be pulled out by request. 2 adult, 2 children. Be sure to ask about at the time of booking.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      3 Decks, on 2 levels- extremely large. The Flagstone Patio is larger than most patios and has terraced planters and lighting down to the fire pit.
                                    • Golf
                                      In Nearby Evergreen- 35 minute drive
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      The Gazebo/Trellis deck is in a very special place overlooking Jaymes Peak on Property and is only open to those who have booked an event at the property.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Let's just say your yard is 120 acres of exploration in the wilderness.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      The Green Egg immediately outside to the kitchen. Check out the Green Egg on YouTube. Comes with initial supple of charcoal and all implements.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      no skis or snowboards, but we have 4 pairs of snow shoes, walking sticks, and a sled. You can rent skis and snowboards at the Eldora Ski Resort nearby.
                                    • Tennis
                                      In nearby Nederland- 10 minutes away


                                        • alternative lifestyle
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              (2) 2 of them! There is a 2 seater hot tub indoors & a 6 seater hot tub Outdoors.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage
                                                • Private Chef


                                                    • churches
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • horseshoes
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • ski privileges optional
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • Fire Pit, 120 acres of hiking trails, rock climbing areas, gun range, cross country skiing, vista/observation decks, skeet shooting, picnicking, atving, archery, mountain biking, snowshoeing, sun decks, hot tubbing, borders national forest, pan for gold in the season stream, wildlife/birdwatching, entire fenced in acre for kids/dogs....

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      29 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Great Bachelor Party Weekend!

                                                                      Stuart K.

                                                                      Our group of 12 guys had a fantastic time at the house. We spent our days hiking around the beautiful property and enjoying the spectacular views off the deck. Used the kitchen and wonderful Green Egg to whip up delicious meals. Bedrooms easily accommodated all 12 of us.

                                                                      Kevin & Jennifer were very good about providing extensive details on all parts of the property / house. Would definitely go for a repeat stay the next time I have a group activity in the area.


                                                                      Purple Mountain Majesty

                                                                      SuzanneinNYChicago, IL USA

                                                                      Had no idea that the mountains are purple in the morning. I guess that's why "purple mountain majesty" in the song "America, the Beautiful". That was a surprise amongst many others at Blue Sky Mountain Ranch. Totally gorgeous setting that I really can't compare to any other private property that I've rented. You truly feel like you own a mountain. The cozy log cabin lodge is a bonus to this immense property. Makes you feel like you are in a safe fortress on top of a mountain.

                                                                      5-Star Remote Paradise with One-of-a-Kind Activities

                                                                      Brenton M.

                                                                      We recently stayed at the Blue Sky Mountain Ranch for a friends reunion with 10 guests. The property, vistas, rock formations, forest trails and activities were truly amazing. The cabin has all the luxuries one would expect for the rental fees, with expansive decks, two hot tubs, fire pits, satellite TV/big screens, stocked kitchen and comfy beds. We were constantly surprised by the attention to detail and friendly guidance provided by Kevin and Jennifer (owners). The entire property appeared to be a manicured forest with thousands of boulder formations placed just for us on our many hikes and explorations.

                                                                      The local shops and great restaurants are all within 10-20 mins drive. We golfed, gambled (Blackhawk Casinos are maybe 20 mins drive), hiked, and held an unforgettable skeet competition onsite. Kevin was kind enough to let us shoot off the back deck into an incredible vista of the snow topped mountains and yellow Aspen trees. We have traveled all over the world to many properties and this ranch was the most unique experience yet.

                                                                      Renters note - drink lots of water before and during your stay! Sounds funny but our group has some very experienced/fit hikers and everyone noticed the altitude change the first few days.

                                                                      In having the time of our lives in these mountains, we cannot wait for the chance to get back to Blue Sky Mountain Ranch for another reunion. Thanks again Kev and Jen!

                                                                      The Meese Party

                                                                      Unbelievable Setting!

                                                                      SuzanneinNYChicago, IL USA

                                                                      I can't imagine any other "VRBO" type property to measure up to this one as far as the setting is concerned. The Vistas, the mountains, the sunsets, the forest, the rock formations- all incredible. It was like stepping into my own private National Park with no other evidence of people for miles. Amazing experience, Thank you for sharing this exceptional property.

                                                                      Amazing Property!

                                                                      Po C.

                                                                      Kevin and Jennifer are terrific hosts with outstanding local recommendations. 8 of us stayed at this property and loved every minute of it.

                                                                      Great views, beautiful property with wonderful walking trails.

                                                                      Rebecca G.

                                                                      This is a wonderful property with attentive owners. We had such a lovely time. Thank you!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      It's truly a wondrous thing to see a family of 3 generations enjoy the ranch. Stay together, play together, cook/dine together and enjoy nature together.


                                                                      Black Hawk, CO, USA

                                                                      We are conveniently located between the towns of Nederland & Black Hawk, making a visit to both places quick and easy. We are also conveniently located close to 2 highways -1 is within 2 miles (HWY 72) and the other is within 6 miles (HWY 119) making access to the ranch much easier than than most mountain properties. This makes getting to Denver, Boulder, Golden or the larger ski areas a snap. Black Hawk's many Casinos, it's charm as an old mining town with historic appeal is a must see as is the small town of Nederland. Nederland feels like an old village, quaint with friendly people, restaurants, a carousel, mining museum, pubs and the famous Pioneer Inn, a watering hole which has nightly entertainment 'bands' where the famous have frequented including the likes of Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Stephen Stills, Waylon Jennings and Dan Fogelberg. Although many of our guests like to explore a day or two off ranch, most find the comfort and beauty of the Ranch itself too inviting and gorgeous to leave. Must do's on Blue Sky Ranch include: ATVing Skeet Shooting or Gun range target practice Archery Snowshoeing Cross Country Skiing Hiking Mountain Biking Wine/Cheese or Forestry/Fauna tours on property Introductory classes in Tai Chi or Wing Chun Massage Hot Tubbing Campfire chit chat and s'mores Not to mention a great place to bring your doggies

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cleaning Fee
                                                                      Pet Fee
                                                                      Additional Guest Fee
                                                                      $25 - $100

                                                                      Guest must sign Blue Sky Mountain Ranch's vacation rental agreement prior to a reservation being confirmed. For Events (weddings, any kind of party, company retreats, reunions, etc) see the bottom of our property description. Policies and rates are different for events on property. Parties like bachelor parties or the like require additional out clean fees.

                                                                      29 Reviews
                                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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