This place was perfect! Jim & Deb have thought of it all! Went hiking on the property to come across where someone started to mine and found a pick and shovel nearby. It was one of the favorite spots for the kids. They loved going up there to mine in an attempt to strike it rich. There was so much for the kids to do outside, it was hard getting them in at night. From the swings, the mine, the fort, the hot tub, panning for gold in the creek, hiking, playing in the creek, fishing in the creek, feeding the horses, and campfires, it was hard to plan time away from the cabin. We stayed at the cabin with another family, to make up 4 adults and 5 kids ranging in age from 6 to 10. We all slept very comfortably. Last November we took a vacation trip together to Walt Disney World. All the kids rated this vacation a better one than our trip to Disney. It was also very nice to be able to sit at the kitchen table in the morning and have breakfast with all 9 of us being able to comfortably sit at the table. They even have board games for those rainy days. One rainy night we played Bingo. We are already planning on a return trip next year.
Some of the local activities we did:
Hiked Garden of the Gods, which was beautiful; rode the cog railroad to the top of Pike's Peak; hiked the Manitou Incline, very interesting and fun? and a must; took kids to the Amusement Arcade in Manitou Springs and then had the best ice cream; visited Paradox Brewery, an excellent brewery!; had dinner at a local dude ranch, M lazy C Ranch; rented an off road vehicle (a Polaris side by side) from Big D's and went off-roading on trails in The Pike National Forest which was just minutes from the cabin.
Thanks for the perfect vacation Jim & Deb! One we will talk about for ages.