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HISTORIC 'Overlook Ranch and Retreat' Mountain Lodge

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Lodge = 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths Total- Main Lodge Only

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'.

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. Call Gisela 970-218-0054 for more info. During the off season you can rent individual cabins with a minimum 2 night stay. Call Gisela for pricing and availability.

Keywords: Lodge and Cabins, Reunions and Corporate Retreats.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Gisela

Have lived in Estes Park for 40 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 Estes Park

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Overlook Ranch was the best place ever for our family vacation. Our adult children and eleven grandchildren, ten and under, enjoyed all the amenities including; the yard games, campfires, Cantina, teepee, and available space to explore. The lodge and cabins were clean and well furnished with ample space to sleep and spend time with family. Meal preparation was easy because of a well stocked kitchen and large dining areas. The views of mountains and wildlife were amazing. We joined in the hustle and bustle of Estes Park, but we most enjoyed coming back to the serenity of Overlook Ranch! The kids would ask ,"When can we go back "home"? Thank you, Gisela, for your kindness and prompt response to our needs before, during, and after our stay. Our family will always treasure the memories!

Thank you again,
Jul 2017
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Estes Park Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Check in at 4 PM. Checkout at 10 AM
  • No amplified music after 8 PM SHARP.
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 ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor bathrooms (2) - toilet
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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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HISTORIC 'Overlook Ranch and Retreat' Mountain Lodge
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews
Grand Island


  • 5 of 5

Overlook Ranch was amazing! It suited all of our needs and the owners were great to work with! Highly recommend this place for larger groups!!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 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: July 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: June 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: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, CO

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: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.8%

These rates are for the Main Lodge Only. Peak Season Rentals are Saturday to Saturday only. Dog fee $15/nt or $100/wk. Tents $10/nt. Motor Homes $25/nite.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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