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Rusted Star Ranch |Great Mountain Views | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Rusted Star Ranch - Wild Basin/Rocky Mountain National Park


Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 bedroom with mountain views, wood-fired BBQ, hiking/climbing, horses welcome

Rusted Star Ranch is an intimate 55-acre high-country property surrounded by sun, sky, and big beautiful mountain views. We invite you to our high-country ranch for your exclusive eagle-eye view of the Rocky Mountains from an elevation of 8,600 feet.
- Modern-style cabin with loft; Queen Beds (x2) plus twin pull-out sleeper, Flagstone Patio, Wood-fired BBQ, DCS professional gas stove and oven, KitchenAid refrigerator, Walk-in shower, adirondack chairs, hammock, and hummingbird haven
- Stargazing, wildlife-viewing, birdwatching, hiking, and more...
- Horse corral, acres of fenced pasture, water tanks, hay storage, parking for horse, stock, or people-trailers
- Horses, llamas, mules, donkeys, goats, and dogs always welcome.
The entire cool and cozy cabin is yours to enjoy with walk-out parking, and private access to hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding in Roosevelt National Forest adjacent to Rusted Star Ranch. Corral and fenced pastures available for your horses or pack animals; and this includes trailer parking, hay storage, and water.

We enjoy the modern/contemporary, rustic place we've hand-crafted over the years and the intimate high-country feel that always surrounds this special place. Located between the the towns of Lyons, Allenspark, and Estes Park, we're minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park, dining, entertainment, and most any back-county adventure of your choosing.
> Bohemian style and comfortable amenities include kitchen with a DCS professional gas stove, full-size stainless KitchenAid refrigerator, large double-bowl enameled farm sink with hickory countertop, etc.
>Queen bed in the loft with views; and a very comfortable queen pullout in the spacious living room. The sleeping loft is mid-century modern in style and in addition to the queen bed it also has a small lounge area with sofa, chairs, and coffee table to enjoy the great views.
> Our ranch is 45 minutes from downtown Boulder (Pearl St. Mall). The drive up to the cabin (or on the drive down to Boulder from RSR) is through the beautiful, scenic St. Vrain River canyon. Between Rusted Star Ranch and Boulder, CO is the great little town of Lyons - well known for their bluegrass music and outdoor festivals, intimate restaurants, locally-owned grocery store, coffee shops and bakeries, shopping, antiques, etc.

Getting around:
You will need to have your own vehicle to access the property as there is no public transportation available at our scenic and private location.

Other things to note:
There is no cell phone service at the cabin; however there is a land line and wireless internet.

House Rules:
We expect our guests to treat our cabin and property as you would treat your own; and enjoy it as much as we do.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 825 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    RSR is a high-country ranch surrounded by Ponderosa Pine trees and adjacent to the Roosevelt National Forest. Preventing wildfires is always a top priority in our mountain community. Smoking is allowed outside the cabin only; and we count on the responsible consideration and common sense of our visitors to enjoy a smoke while preventing wildfires!...moreless

  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Newly remodeled walk-in shower; new TOTO toilet; all bathroom linens toiletries provided...moreless


  • Books:

    Wildflower books, area trail guides and topo maps for Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest...moreless

  • Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We invite you to our high-country ranch for your exclusive eagle-eye view of the Rocky Mountains from an elevation of 8,600 feet....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area


  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Landline with free long distance (US/domestic calls only)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove:

    SCAN wood-burning stove, slim modern design, high efficiency, environmentally, friendly. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio


Write a review 5
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 31 - Aug 6, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,590 $6,750
Nightly Rate
Aug 7 - Aug 11, 2017
5 night min stay
$1,590 $6,750
Aug 12 - Jan 1, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,590 $6,750
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,500 $5,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $125


We want Rusted Star Ranch to be a great fit for you, your family and friends, so if you have any questions about RSR or would like additional information about our cabin or surrounding area, please don't hesitate to contact us anytime.

We require a 3 night minimum rental for our cabin during the summer season.

CHECK-IN TIME: 3:00PM (Mountain Time)

CHECK-OUT TIME: 10:00AM (Mountain Time)

We are always happy to work with you on accommodating "early check-in" or "late check-out" if we have the flexibility to do so.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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75 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver International Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Oskar Blues Brewery
1018 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Anacortes, Washington
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
Estes Park Golf Course
68 Miles
Nearest Train
Denver, Colorado
0.75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Peak to Peak Scenic Highway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Meadow Mountain Cafe
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Eldora Mountain Resort
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sandbeach Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: Rusted Star Ranch was started by long-time Colorado residents Janet & Pete. With the intention of establishing a community connection to both Allenspark and Lyons, Colorado, they have brought together their passions for design, architecture, horses, locally-grown food, craft beer and environmental sustainability. Rusted Star also hosts beautiful weddings, private events, and bohemian getaways throughout the summer season. You will usually see Pete & Janet with horses, pulling invasive weeds, throwing a stick for their dog Vigo, or cooking on their wood-fired BBQ.

Why the Owner Chose Allenspark, CO, USA:
Inspiration abounds; and the opportunity to explore is endless. It’s up to us to find it. Rusted Star is a place for you to feel at home and seek something new. Here you can soak up a certain kind of quite solitude the Colorado high-country offers. If you’ve been daydreaming about the mountains and feeling a pull inside yourself to travel some where just to see what’s there… or if you’ve been longing for a trip that gives you a true chance to escape and see something new and exhilarating, then Rusted Star Ranch is for you. If you’ve found our listing and love our Rocky Mountain location or modern rustic/bohemian vibe but expect the full service amenities of a hotel, ski resort condo or pricey dude ranch, this place is not for you. Rusted Star can be your home base for microadventures with local discoveries of all sorts and sizes; it’s a place that can rekindle the spirit of adventure for a day or 2 or 3 depending upon what you’re up for; or it can be your Base Camp to hike, climb or mountaineer the world-famous Longs Peak. Rusted Star is also a place to rock in the hammock, soak up the sunshine, and listen to the hawks and hummingbirds. If you like scenic drives and amazing vistas, take a drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road, which will take you from Estes Park to Grand Lake. Covering the 48 miles between Estes Park on the park's east side and Grand Lake on the west, Trail Ridge Road more than lives up to its reputation. Eleven miles of this highway traverses above tree-line, the elevation near 11,500 feet where the RMNP's evergreen forests come to a halt. As it winds up and across the tundra's vastness to its high point at 12,183 feet elevation, Trail Ridge Road (U.S. 34) offers visitors thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions, all from the comfort of their car.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Whether you walk or drive, you’ll find pockets of amazing beauty nearby. > Head to Lyons, Colorado, the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends and Festivarians converge under the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River. > Hike up to the pass between Meadow Mountain and St Vrain Mountain just for the grand view into the southern most end of Rocky Mountain National Park; if you can’t make it all the way to the pass, the walk up the trail is truly beautiful with great views, wildflowers, and wildlife – well worth a walk in the woods. > Eat breakfast or lunch at our local favorite, Meadow Mountain Café. If you’re in a rush and forget that good local people are making you really good food… don’t count on much attention or service. No worries; it’s just a local tradition ;) > Visit The Old Gallery in Allenspark. Local art, crafts, play ground for the kids, open mike, summer musicals, local potlucks or our favorites - the annual Hog-a-palooza… and Run Like the Wind. > Take a trail ride out of the Allenspark Livery; a short ride into the Roosevelt National Forest or longer rides to Ouzel Falls or up the Ouzel Lake inside the southern end of Rocky Mountain National Park. > Drive to the Chapel on the Rock at the Saint Malo Retreat Center at the base of Mt. Meeker. The location, view, stonework, and/or a conversation with its local caretaker, Johnnie Davis is worth the short drive from Rusted Star. > Have an IPA, shoot pool, or watch the Tour De France in the bar at Aspen Lodge with an awesome view of Long’s peak from its deck. It survived a massive landslide from a 500-year flood event in 2013, and the local owner would be grateful for your business. > Drive to the Lily Lake Visitor Center; walk around Lily Lake, hike up Lily Mountain (9,786 ft) or hike up to the summits of Twin Sisters Peak (9,090 ft.) is often a warm-up hike, or to acclimate for other hikes in the park, such as the Keyhole on Longs Peak or Hallet Peak.

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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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  • Rusted Star Ranch - Wild Basin/Rocky Mountain National Park

    Rusted Star Ranch - Wild Basin/Rocky Mountain National Park

  • DCS professional gas stove and oven; stainless refrig, large Kohler dbl sink

    DCS professional gas stove and oven; stainless refrig, large Kohler dbl sink

  • Cabin loft - lounge area; mid-century mod

    Cabin loft - lounge area; mid-century mod

  • Cabin and patio view; prayer flags for wedding event at Rusted Star Ranch

    Cabin and patio view; prayer flags for wedding event at Rusted Star Ranch

  • RSR Horse Corral

    RSR Horse Corral

  • Wood-fired BBQ

    Wood-fired BBQ

  • Yonder Mountain String Band & Lotus Posters

    Yonder Mountain String Band & Lotus Posters

  • Loft with Queen Bed, stenciled floor, lounge area with view

    Loft with Queen Bed, stenciled floor, lounge area with view

  • Hand-crafted detail

    Hand-crafted detail

  • RSR Horse Corral

    RSR Horse Corral

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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