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Quintessential, Box Creek Cabin at the Base of Mt. Elbert/Ideal Family Basecamp!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Two Bedroom, Authentic Colorado Mountain Cabin with Mountain Views


(Lake County Short Term Rental License#2016-50)

Box Creek Cabin is nestled in a quaint aspen grove, off a picturesque lane at the foot of Mt. Elbert; a quintessential cabin in the woods. The cabin is the perfect base-camp for a mountain vacation for a family or couple, offering unlimited recreation, peace and solitude.

Centrally located, the cabin is convenient to some of Colorado's favorite mountain towns. Leadville is 15 minutes away; Buena Vista, 25 minutes; and Aspen is a one hour drive over breathtaking Independence Pass.

The cabin is ideally suited for times of refreshing, offering its guests a place of restful quiet. Reading materials and a variety of board games are stocked at the cabin. In addition, kids have a safe area to let their imaginations soar outdoors. The front covered porch provides inviting seating to enjoy the expansive, peak-a-boo views of Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert, Mt. Sherman and the Upper Arkansas Valley. We offer our guests two additional outdoor seating areas to enjoy the mountain views and the beauty of the flora and fauna that can be enjoyed right from the cabin.

Hiking is right out the door with spectacular vistas only a minute's walk away. A destination swing sits on 'The Point', a 10 minute stroll from the cabin, or drive there if you have already been hiking all day. There, one can take in a complete 360' sweep of the entire Upper Arkansas Valley and the Collegiate Peaks are front and center. Many of our guests have enjoyed sunrise and/or sunset from this location.

The main trailhead to Mt. Elbert is a four minute drive from the back door. Use the cabin as a base-camp for half a dozen other fourteener climbs close by. Halfmoon Valley and Creek are 15 minutes from the door with spectacular high alpine basins to explore.

For the anglers in your group, fishing at the Forebay and the Arkansas River are only three and five minute drives, respectively. Fishing is also popular at the Twin Lakes recreation sites or by boat on the lakes.

For those who enjoy exploration, Box Creek Cabin is situated on the edge of a rural, country neighborhood, with hundreds of square miles of undeveloped National Forest to the north and west that is convenient to exploration by foot or bike.


You will find beds for up to 5 adults, with a queen bed in the rustic elegance of the master bedroom and a twin over full bed in the cozy bunk room. Clean, crisp sheets will help provide for a good night's sleep on each of the beds.

There is auxiliary sleeping for one on a custom couch/daybed in the living room, as well as a pull-out trundle unit under the daybed to accommodate one more!


The kitchen is fully stocked with all appliances and utensils, including:

two efficiency fridges, microwave, efficiency 4-burner stove with oven, toaster, drip coffee maker, all cookware, hand mixer, baking ware, roaster, crock pots, French press, eating utensils, glasses, basic spices, etc.

Hot cocoa, herbal teas, coffee beans, grinder.


There is ample seating in the living room with two custom, comfortable, over-stuffed rustic swivel rockers that allow for conversation or warming by the fire. A custom daybed provides additional seating/lounging or game playing around a coffee table. There is one additional arm chair to round out the seating.


Our harvest table comfortably seats 6. It is equally suitable for family game playing.


--Coffee beans, assorted teas and hot chocolate

--Many books, card and board games

--ipod dock

--Wood stove with ample, stocked firewood

--Two outdoor swings and Adirondack seating on a covered porch

--Washer, dryer and detergent

--Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soaps

--Two freshly laundered terry robes

--All freshly laundered linens provided:bath towels, hand towels, dish towels

--Paper goods provided: t.p., tissue, paper towels

--Charcoal grill and picnic table with seating


--Lots of open space surrounding cabin

--Hiking right from the door

***PLEASE NOTE: This is an "unplugged" property. The cabin does have good cell phone coverage, however, we do not provide a television, cable or wifi so that our guests may have the luxury to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the cabin.

***Must be a minimum of 25 years of age to rent Box Creek Cabin. Owner's discretion may be used when determining appropriate renters.

***All rates are based on double occupancy and/or families with children.


1. Family games around the kitchen table!

2. Sitting on the front porch after dark and listening to the QUIET, or sometimes, distant coyotes.

3. Early morning coffee time on the swing in the front aspen grove, with good company and conversation.

4. Walking the quaint lane in front of the cabin in autumn when the aspen trees are decked out in their full glory of golds and oranges.

5. Waking to the rustic luxury of the master bedroom, lingering in bed, being greeted by the beauty of the artistic aspen trunks and leaves framed by the bedroom windows.

6. The aroma of bacon cooking and coffee brewing in the morning. It is always better at the cabin!

7. Relaxing in our custom, comfy rockers by a toasty fire in the wood stove.

8. Walking out to 'the Point' to view the sunset and the 'bigger than life' silhouette of the Sawatch Range.

9. Decompressing on the daybed in the living room napping or reading a good book.

10. Getting snowed in at the cabin.


tied for 10th would be afternoon coffee time on the covered porch, more conversing and relaxing!

P.S. Fresh rhubarb pie receives Honorable Mention!

***Box Creek Cabin is a smoke and pet free property.

***ATVs & dirt bikes are not permitted at Box Creek Cabin.

More Details

Annie and Jon Frykholm
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About Annie and Jon Frykholm

We are Jon and Annie Frykholm and have been creating handcrafted, household furnishings and accessories for over thirty years. Several years ago we embarked on a new dream; to build a cabin that felt like it had stepped out of the Rocky Mountain past.

A great deal of thought and care was taken to create the vintage feel of Box Creek Cabin, which, we believe, gives a strong nod back to a charmed, bygone era. The cabin's post and beam infrastructure, wood paneling and pine flooring is entirely hand crafted utilizing local beetle-kill, lodgepole pine and spruce. These raw materials were hand collected and milled by Jon on his sawmill and processed in such a way as to take advantage of unique characteristics in the wood. In addition, Jon custom designed and constructed all of the windows to mimic those found in historic cabins.

It was equally important for us to construct the cabin with a small environmental footprint, preserving as many trees and native ground cover surrounding the cabin as was possible. In keeping with this, it was also a priority for us to maintain the environmental integrity throughout the cabin’s construction, using water based/plant based stains and linseed oil for the preservation of all wood surfaces, where feasible, (on all wood surfaces, except the kitchen and bathroom counters). So, this explains the nuts and bolts side of how, but perhaps, more importantly, why?

Our inspiration to build the cabin grew from decades of treasured times staying at a historic cabin, (belonging to some very generous friends), not far from here in the Homestake Valley and the Holy Cross Wilderness area.

From our beloved time at the Homestake cabin, grew a desire to share this same type of experience with others. A place where one has the opportunity to connect with a more simple way of living, make some discoveries, hear one’s own thoughts, create wonderful, lifelong memories with loved ones, and experience the Glory of our Creator and His Creation.

Why Annie and Jon Frykholm chose South Central

Box Creek Cabin is truly a step away from the "hustle and bustle" of life. We chose the area of Twin Lakes because of its' stunning mountain vistas and because it feels like Colorado as it use to be; undeveloped and slower paced. The location of Box Creek Cabin is protected from the wind and harsh sun that one would find on the south facing side of the ridge, but is still in sight of the majesty of the tallest peaks in the Sawatch Range and surrounding Upper Arkansas Valley.

We have found Twin Lakes and the surrounding area to have a certain mystic that can not necessarily be quantified!

What makes this cabin unique

We can say that the location of this cabin is one of the most charmed and peaceful places we have ever had the opportunity to experience; a perfect place for personal renewal and hearing that "still, small voice".

"Be still, and know that I am God".

Psalm 46:10

Guestbook comments from the owner

[Jon and Annie}

"I just wanted to tell you that we had the GREATEST time at the Box Creek Cabin! We will be returning annually around this time of year cause it was such a joy. We loved playing monopoly, reading thru the many books, the porch, the fires, the detail, etc! And guess what… she said yes! :o)

I thank ya'll again and we will be seeing you soon I'm sure."

Coy C.


Oct 2012
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Quintessential, Box Creek Cabin at the Base of Mt. Elbert/Ideal Family Basecamp!
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

Beautiful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I’ve stayed at this property and plan on returning again. It’s an incredible cabin in a beautiful location. The cabin has everything you need to make your stay unforgettable. I highly recommend this location for your mini or lengthy vacation stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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This is a great getaway location.

  • 5 of 5

A quiet getaway location, while close to hiking, fishing, and 4-wheel drive activities. But its the cabin itself that is special. Hand crafted with elaborate detail, this cabin is what one often dreams of in a Rocky Mountain getaway. The owners have made every stay special with coffee beans and grinder, bath robes, shampoo and conditioner dispensers in the shower, etc. The list goes on and on. Can't wait for our next stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amazing cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cabin! We had a great time in this cute cabin in a perfect location! We were able to text them when we had questions and they were quick to help! Will go again!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Incredible. Well kept. Meticulously maintained.

  • 5 of 5

This is an incredible property. Everything about it was exactly what we were looking for. We will come back here. A lot.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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ANOTHER amazing stay at Box Creek Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited Box Creek Cabin a year ago. We talked about how great it would be to bring our three kids along with us if we were to visit again. Well, that is exactly what we did. It was our first out of state family vacation, and one we will all have fond memories of. The craftsmanship of the cabin and the furniture within it are amazing, the owners are wonderful people, there are plenty of activities within close proximity to enjoy, and of course the mountains. The fact that there is no television or internet was great. Our family put a puzzle together, read books, hiked, roasted hot dogs and smores, etc. There are even some hand-crafted toys our girls enjoyed. Do yourself and favor and stay at this cabin. You will leave with your spiritual batteries recharged as well as being re-connected with your family.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Amazing!! Perfect authentic mountain cabin with exquisite craftsmanship and such thoughtful detail.

  • 5 of 5

Our family had one of the most amazing vacations at the cabin and made such treasured memories! The Twin Lakes area along with this cozy, welcoming cabin make for the most outstanding mountain vacations!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
137 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Leadville Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 24
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Twin Lakes CO
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Ski Cooper
Car: necessary

Box Creek Cabin is ideally located as the perfect base camp for many of Colorado's fouteener trail-heads. It is adjacent to endless miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. The Pro-Cycling Challenge bike course is only minutes away. Famed fly fishing on the Arkansas is a five minute drive as is lake fishing up at the Forebay and picturesque Twin Lakes. Aspen, Buena Vista, and Leadville are all within a short day trip from your front door! And so much more!


Rates & Availability

Twin Lakes Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Season
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 11 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Colors 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Oct 24 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Holidays
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Winter Season
Jan 5 2018 - Apr 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 8.8%

Rates are subject to change without notice. Rates are based on double occupancy and/or families with children. Must be 25 years of age to rent Box Creek Cabin. The owners reserve the right to decline a reservation request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Twin Lakes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with tub/shower, commode, and sink. Towels, hairdryer, basic First Aid kit. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash, all provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Freshly laundered sheets provided.
    Bunkroom - 1 child bed , 1 bunk bed , This is a twin over full bunk-bed w/freshly laundered sheets
  • Auxiliary sleeping on a daybed in the living room. Bedding provided.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
We have preserved the cabin as a technology free zone so as to encourage time/activities with one another and engagement with nature:) An 'unplugged' vacation! The Cabin is stocked with many board games, card games and a few toys. Check out our 'Favorite Things To Do' list in our cabin users' manual when you arrive.

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