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HISTORIC 'Overlook Ranch and Retreat' Mountain Lodge & Cabins

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Lodge & 2 Cabins = 7 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths Total

Due to a cancellation we have an available week this summer June 5-12. Call for "Cabin Fever Specials" through April. 970-218-0054. HISTORIC 75 YEAR OLD COMPLETELY REMODELED MOUNTAIN LODGE OVERLOOKING THE ESTES VALLEY AND SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS. View Wildlife, Hike, Climb, Bike, Take Picturesque Photos Right From This Property. This property Borders The National Forest and you can literally walk to Wyoming through the National Forests. The Main Lodge Features 3 Huge Moss Rock Fireplaces, while the Cabins each has a Classic Wood Stove. There is a Fire Pit on the Property Stocked with Wood. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO EXPERIENCE ESTES PARK. THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO HAVE A FAMILY REUNION OR A CORPORATE RETREAT. RELAX AND SPEND THE ENTIRE TRIP HERE. THIS PLACE IS 'THE GREAT OUTDOORS'. GREAT PLACE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING/RECEPTION. Site fee applies.

Located 4 miles from Downtown Estes Park: Shopping and restaurants in downtown Estes Park are only 4 miles away while the entrance to ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK is only about 7 miles away. Also, a full size Teepee to play in.

Keywords: Lodge and Cabins, Reunions and Weddings and Corporate Retreats.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

About Gisela

We've lived in Estes Park for 38 years. Spent all of that time in the restaurant and hospitality industry. We live on the property adjacent to the ranch.

Gisela purchased this lodge in 2008

Why Gisela chose Front Range

It's the nicest property in town to have a family reunion or wedding or corporate retreat. CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS!!

What makes this lodge unique

Peace and Tranquility. Take a hike in the National Forest that borders the property.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

HISTORIC 'Overlook Ranch and Retreat' Mountain Lodge & Cabins
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Perfect Place for 30 person, 1 week, family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 30, ages 2 1/2 to 72, stayed here for a week in late July.

Beautiful property with hammocks; lounge chairs; outdoor covered eating area (The Cantina) with either picnic benches or tables and chairs that can be set up, a fire pit with lots of seating, a large grill, stove and oven and sink; horse shoes and sand bag game; frisbee golf and beautiful view.

The main rooms are quite lovely and spacious with extra seating in most. There are two very tiny rooms which were probably walk-in closets that have reasonably comfortable beds, but they are not a place you would want to spend a lot of time unless you want to lay back and read or use your computer. They worked ok for two separate single people in their 40's. Would work well for teens and young adults, too. The sleeping porch is off the living room and is enclosed in glass, with glass also looking into the living room. This is bright in the morning, and also loud and bright if you try to go to bed early since it is off the living room. The sleeping bunk cabins are great for the kids and young adults if needed, with a toilet and sink very close by. The small and large cabin are perfect if a family sub-group needs their own space - they have their own kitchens, bathrooms and small living areas.

The living room, dining room and eating areas are of good size. We were all comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, blender, toasters, coffee makers, large bowls, crockpot, etc. I recommend bringing a sharp knife or two if possible. We also mostly used disposable plates and utensils along with what was there to limit clean-up and limit running the dishwasher all the time.

They provide plenty of towels and you can also do laundry if needed.

Close enough to town yet away from the hustle and bustle. Elk walked right across the yard while we were outside having a 50th wedding anniversary party!

Gisele was very helpful answering all my questions over email before we arrived, and easy to reach by phone once we were there. We had some reunion favors to hand out and we were able to ship them to here in advance.

The entire family commented on what a great place this was and all thought it worked out wonderfully!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Spot for a Family Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Great quiet private location just 4 miles from busy Estes Park. Lots of space to spread out with the cabins, house, and the bunk house....coming together for meals was a breeze with the cantina for outside dining and the house with 3 large tables. Everything was supplied in abundance for cooking, serving and cleaning up. Having 2 sets of washer and dryers was super convenient. Gesella was a most gracious host, available to answer questions and bring household supplies. You couldn't find a better place to bring a group of friends or family together! Just remember to reserve early.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Won't have to search for a place for the next Colorado Reunion location....FOUND IT!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

OMG!!!! Best place ever for a family reunion! Working with Ed and Gisela the owners was amazing! What kind and accommodating folks they are. The grounds were perfect for our 5 little ones: ranging from 2 years to 4 years old running and playing. They were not ready to leave on Saturday. Our teenagers enjoyed the hammocks, rafting, zip line etc. Cooking and eating at the Cantina made the reunion most enjoyable. Must not forget making the smores. Playing games in the lodge with the family, laughing, making memories, reminiscing is what it is about and this place made it happen. The venue was spectacular. Family were in awe!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was the best family vacation spot ever - YES that is what our family said!

  • 5 of 5

This family reunion planning took 2 years and I am sooooo, glad I found Overlook Ranch. Not only did it offer every thing we needed for 6 families, ages 2 to 72, but the location and setting could not have been better. Each family wase blown away by the view of Longs Peak and the open space. Our hosts Ed and Gisela were fantastic with a laid back Wester hospitality, always available for our questions and needs.

We had 6 individual families. Ed advised my husband and I take the small "Grandparent Cabin" and let the other families divide up who was sleeping where. That turned out perfect as we had a space away but always had grand kids 'registering' to stay with us. It was special to know they wanted our upper bunk!

We all had great fun on the property with horse shoe, freesby golf, bbq, canp fires and even a kids talent show! In the day we split up and went every direction for hiking, water rafting, horse back righing and just chillin'.

Just 4 miles from downtown Estes Park this was so convienent for shopping and groceries.

I can't think of a better place to bring a family from all over the US together for a fabulous week!

Thank You Ed and Gisela

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Spring Break spot with our boys & dog!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 4 nights in the 2 bedroom cabin over our Spring Break. We have been to the Estes Park area countless times and we feel we found a real gem at Overlook Ranch! Our cabin was clean, comfortable and didn't smell at all like dogs! (I had wondered if it would but it really didn't.) We enjoyed making a fire in the wood burning stove. We did lots of fun things at the ranch -frisbee golf, basketball, hiking, horseshoe and just relaxing. We saw deer and elk on the property. Ed let us see the other cabins are we are already trying to arrange a gathering to use the whole property! The big cabin and the little studio are very impressive with the attention to detail. We can hardly wait to go back. Our sons thought it was the perfect vacation. Thank Ed!!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience for our large group!

  • 5 of 5

I lead a group of teenagers and I have to say this is the best venue I have been at in Estes Park. I've been leading weekend retreats for many years, I wish I would be found this place sooner. Ed is a wonderful host and took care of us! The property so beautiful and there is so much to do. The facilities are is great shape and we stayed warm all night. We will DEFINITELY be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Rates & Availability

Estes Park Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Non Peak
Jan 16 2017 - May 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
May 14 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $375 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.8%

Peak Season Rentals are Saturday to Saturday only. A wedding site fee (ceremony/reception) of $2000 with a stay on the property with 3 night minimum. Maximum wedding size 100. $500 damage/noise deposit for weddings. Fee includes tables and chairs for up to 100. Dog fee $15/nt or $100/wk. Tents $10/nt. Motor Homes $25/nite. Sleep cabins $700/wk sleep 10 additional plus $100 cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Estes Park Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 in large cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 in small cabin - toilet , shower
    Outdoor bathrooms (2) - toilet
  • 4.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 6 in Small Cabin - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 in large cabin - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (2) Main Lodge has 2 bedrooms with a king bed. Queen size Beds (4) Main lodge has 2 bedrooms with queen beds, each cabin has a queen bed and the loft in the smaller cabin has a Queen Mattress, Double Beds (2) 2 of the bunk beds have full size mattress on bottom, Twin or Single Beds (9) 2 bunk beds have twin mattress on top. Baby Cribs (2) play and packs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) 4 queen size sofa sleepers on property, Bunk Beds (3) 2 twin over full bunk beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hike into the National Forest from this property

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