Custom Cabin Retreat 2 Miles to Ski Cooper, 25 to Vail. Views!(23 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 2 Bedrooms + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
The El Capitan Lodge: Stay in our custom built, timber framed home on 12 wooded acres and enjoy expansive views of the Rocky Mountains from our sunny deck. Located near Tennessee Pass at 10,500', this off-grid 'green' home gives you a chance to experience the beauty of clean-energy living. Think of the house as a front-country cabin, rustic yet has the comforts of indoor plumbing and electricity. We may not have TV or a microwave, but the views, stars and peacefulness more than make up for it. The house is heated by wood burning stoves and powered by the sun. So step back into a simpler way of life.
The house is a 1500 sf, 2 bedroom, 2 bath house with a huge deck that can sleep 6 in beds, and then an additional 2 - 3, if necessary. We have 2 sleeping pads, and a pack-n-play for the youngest visitor.
We have local phone service, internet, and some cell service is available. There is no television. We do have a stereo that plays radio and cd's and we invite you to borrow a book from our library, or a cd or dvd from our collection. Escape the hustle/bustle and enjoy the serenity of the mountains without the distractions of TV, traffic, or city life. You can take in the views, watch the snow quietly fall, or sit by a glowing fire with a hot cocoa.
Right out the door, we have hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and sledding. In the winter you are welcome to use our snowshoes or sleds. In the summer, you can enjoy our scenic fire pit for a campfire, and the kids can play in the treehouse or huge sandbox. Hiking and biking trails abound.
We are 1.5 miles from Ski Cooper, 25 miles to Vail, a 2 hour drive to Denver International Airport, and an hour from the Eagle-Vail airport. You can take advantage of the many nearby attractions of dog-sledding, horseback riding, river rafting, rock-climbing, visit historic Leadville (a 20 minute drive /10 miles) or go shopping in Vail or Beaver Creek Village. Winter activities abound.
No snowmobiling or ATV riding is permitted on Forest Service Rd. 731. There are rentals and outfitters in Camp Hale and other nearby areas.
4 wheel/all wheel drive is necessary in the winter.
Keywords: off-grid, vail hut trip, mountain cabin, solar powered, private, skiing, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, vail cabin, back country skiing, timber frame, 10th Mountain Division, hut trip
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Member since: 2011
- 1500 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
You are looking at part of the Sawatch Range, a range within the central Rockies that includes the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks. The triangular peak is Homestake Peak, at 13,200 ft....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Ski Lift Privileges
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Winter High Season
Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 5 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
Nov 15 - Jan 3, 2018
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 5 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning fee - 4 ppl $100
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Tax Rate 4.4%
Additional fees apply for groups larger than 5 people:
Cleaning fees for groups of 5 or more are $100.
Additional guest fee per night for any guest over the 5 person maximum of $15 per person per night.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: My husband and I have lived in the mountains of Colorado for the last 20+ years, and we love the adventures and beauty of a mountain lifestyle. Together we own a construction company, called Fiddler Creek Company (online at the same name), and we specialize in the construction of timber framed and 'green' homes. We built our off-grid home in 2003, and have lived there up through 2011, when we moved to the town of Minturn to be closer to schools for our kids. We are happy to share our house with you through VRBO. We use our house when it's not rented, as we enjoy the hiking, skiing, biking and the solace of the location.
Why the Owner Chose Red Cliff, CO, USA:
We bought our 12 acre property back in 1997, after an extensive search through Colorado, looking for a property that was both close to amenities and community, and also offered us the experiences of the backcountry. We were also looking for a place to build our own home. This property accomplished this perfectly for us. We are nestled in the mountains between Vail and Leadville, can easily ski at Cooper, Copper, Vail, or the Summit County areas as well. In the summer there are numerous rivers for rafting, and there is awesome hiking and biking without having to drive.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our neighborhood is surrounded by National Forest with recreational opportunities everywhere. While only being 10 short miles to Leadville, it feels like you're many more miles into the wilderness. In an hour's hike from the front door, you can be standing on top of Taylor Hill, with 360 degree views, and not a sole in sight, except perhaps,for a roaming herd of elk or a soaring red tail hawk. Or, in a 5 minute's drive you can be at Ski Cooper or the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. For the more adventurous, you can ski/hike the 3-4 miles instead. In the 1800s, our property was in a gold and silver mining area. As you explore the surrounding forest you can sometimes find remnants of a bygone era, like a broken down miner's cabin or tin can, that has been rusting for over 100 years.
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The El Capitan Lodge - your mountain get-away nestled between Leadville and Vail
spend the evening with friends and family around the hearth.
Kitchen has a table and comfortable seating area
Bedroom 2 has a nestled queen size bed and a private bathroom.
Second bedroom as a double bed and a twin.
There is a twin day bed on the 2nd floor landing of the 2nd bedroom.
Take a relaxing soak in our clawfoot tub after a long day on the slopes.
Enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, or skiing right out the door.
Views and relaxation on the deck
Not a powerline or road in sight, yet minutes to Leadville, Ski Cooper, Vail.
Take in the views from the cozy living room
Master bedroom with queen bed and three quarter bath
The sitting area in the master bedroom is perfect for a book and a cup of tea
We have 2 immaculate bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a clawfoot tub.
Catch a falling star. Enjoy an evening campfire on a cool, star filled night.
Views from the sunny deck.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017
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