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The Willows: Relax and Enjoy the Quiet Beauty of God's Creation

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath Home sleeps 8 (with 2 in Den on Sleeper Sofa)

Located just a few miles south of Leadville and close to Twin Lakes and the Historic Hayden Ranch, THE WILLOWS has a peaceful setting while giving easy access to Highway 24 for quick trips to mountain trails, ski resorts, or simply Colorado sight-seeing. Backing to BLM open space, the cabin has HUGE, unobstructed views of Mt. Elbert (Colorado's Highest Peak) and the Mt. Massive, as well as other peaks in the Sawatch range. This is a fisherman's paradise with only a few minutes walk to the Arkansas River and its "Gold Medal Waters" and a short drive to multiple fishing lakes.

The rustic external appearance of the cabin is deceiving. The open ranch style floor plan of this ~1,800 sq. ft. three bedroom, two bath home away from home has been updated with all the modern conveniences while keeping a true Colorado mountain cabin feel. The reclaimed barn wood floors, massive timber architectural features, rustic furniture and resort cabin decorating all will add to your authentic Colorado vacation experience.

For extended stays (once you visit for a weekend, you may want to spend month or more…), guests can leverage the full size washer and dryer to ensure they never run out of fresh clothes.

Colorado 14ers are all around you; Mt. Elbert is the highest in Colorado at 14,433' and sits directly outside the back door, with trailheads within minutes drive. A short distance up highway 82 toward Aspen is the trailhead to LaPlata Peak. Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and snow-mobiling on the multitude of trails in Lake County are among the leading outdoor activities in central Colorado. (There are some very good maps showing all the area trailheads, hiking & ATV trails at the shops in Leadville.) The Colorado Trail (segment #11) passes nearby at Twin Lakes, just 10 minutes' drive from The Willows, as does the Continental Divide Trail; there are many trailhead and spurs to pick from with fun forays into the wilderness in many directions. A great, family friendly hike starts at the Colorado Trail trailhead at Twin Lakes and follows the south banks for ~2.5 miles out to the historic Interlaken resort where visitors can explore this amazing site from the late 1800s.

Fishing outstanding in our surrounding lakes and rivers including ForeBay lake, Twin Lakes, Turquoise Lake, and the Arkansas River just across the road. The stretch of the Upper Arkansas River flowing just to the east of The Willows was just designated "Gold Medal Waters," and is now recognized as some of the best and most productive trout habitat in the state. These waters provide great boating opportunities as well, from relaxing lake kayaking and canoeing to more extreme white water rafting. Several rafting companies headquarter out of Buena Vista and are happy to book you for rafting adventures.

ATV trails are plentiful and Lake County has a local ordinance allowing the use of ATVs/UTVs on all county roads (Paved or dirt).

Several ski resorts are located within an hour and a half; Monarch Mountain, Ski Cooper (Family Friendly - just about 20 minutes NW of Leadville), Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek, Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge.

Taylor Park, west of Buena Vista, is one of the most beautiful locations in the world; simply cross Cottonwood Pass (in the summer) and enjoy the scenery.

Aspen is located 34 miles west on Highway 82 across Independence Pass and offers some of the premier aspen viewing in the state during the fall months as the trees transform into groves of golden fire. (Independence pass is generally closed in winter due to snowpack and travel restrictions).

4-Wheel Drive trails are abundant and the trip through Mosquito Pass is unrivalled; Weston Pass offers breathtaking scenery and a little less both with caution!

Salida offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and even has a zip line course for the daring! There is also now a new public zip-line north of Leadville just before you climb the hill to the Climax mine.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Brad

We live in Denver and are blessed to often be able to enjoy this beautiful place. You will be also.

Why Brad chose Twin Lakes

Summer or Winter, this is a place you can escape, rejuvenate, and be in awe of the wonder of God's creation. The views are incredible, both of the mountains in the day and stars at night. Enjoy!

What makes this house unique

Shopping in Leadville, Skiing in Ski Cooper, fly-fishing on the Arkansas, fishing on Twin Lakes, exploring the many historic ghost towns up the many ravines off Highway 24, hiking up Mount Elbert, a quick drive over to Aspen (in the Summer months), or a Fall-Colors Tour. All are quickly accessible from this private cabin that backs to BLM (Bureau of Land Managment) property.

Some links to some activities in the Leadville area:


Twin Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Kids Room - 2 twin/ single
    Den Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting


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A Christmas to remember! I would give it 10 stars if I could!

  • 5 of 5

Our adventure began with waking up to a white Christmas! While we were toasty in the cabin, we were able to enjoy the winter wonderland. The cabin had everything we needed for an amazing experience! It slept 8 comfortably, and has a great selection of games and movies. I can’t say enough about how enjoyable this cabin is.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay at the Willows!!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin to stay near Leadville for the 2017 All4Fun Jeep event (28 Jul to 5 Aug 2017). The house was great - clean, comfortable and very spacious. The views were incredible and morning coffee on the back deck was a great way to start the day. We were pulling a 24 foot enclosed car trailer with our Jeep in it and we had plenty of room to unload and park the truck, trailer and the Jeep right at the cabin. It was very easy to get to Leadville, Twin Lakes, and Buena Vista from the cabin because it was so close to the highway but it was still a very peaceful and relaxing setting. We will definitely try to stay there on our next visit to Leadville. Thanks Brad & Becky for sharing your home with us. It was a wonderful stay!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing view, well equipped cabin, fishing, hiking and historic towns nearby.

  • 5 of 5

After a little research we decided on this area because it was centrally located and we knew we could take several day trips (Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Denver) and use the cabin as home base. As soon as we walked in we fell in love with this roomy cabin with a postcard like view. The cabin feels more like someone's home than just a rental. Nicely appointed kitchen, washer and dryer and comfortable sitting places. Very clean it was easy to tell this place is loved and well cared for by the owners. We planned on spending 6 nights and extended twice making our stay 12 nights long. We ended up only leaving the area twice on day trips deciding that it was not going to get any better as we had snow capped mountains from the back porch (in July) that could not be beat. We fished in the National Park just a short beautiful drive away and caught many trout we grillled on the pit outside. We hiked every day and it was truly amazing to take in the sights. The Arkansas River which is beyond beautiful is just across the road walking distance kept my husband busy in the early mornings and evenings while the kids and I hung out enjoying the view. Did I mention the view is amazing??? We seen prong horned antelope in the mornings from the porch. We did not want to leave. My husband learned to fly fish on the river and caught several brown trout while taking in the snowy peaks. He loved the fishing this place provided. This was by far the most peaceful, relaxing vacation we have experienced. The owners were fabulous, as were the general store owners up the road called Saturday's. We had a great experience with kind people in Colorado. We can not wait to get back to this little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting. Nice house, fully furnished and useable.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Our group of five had a wonderful time. The house had plenty of space. We also loved the amenities for outdoor and indoor activities. I even got the family to play a new board game.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying here so much! The cabin had everything we needed. It was so comfortable and beautifully decorated. We really liked that it was a few miles out of town and the mountain views were great! we would definitely rent this cabin again.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles

Secluded location but with 1 minute access to Highway 24. Backs to BLM open space and Mount Elbert valley. Very short walk to Arkansas River and Historic Hayden Ranch.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 8.8%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.