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3-BR Mt. Evans Cabin with Trout Stream

Bedrooms 3
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Beautiful secluded 1450-square-foot mountain home, one of only a handful of private homes -- and the only vacation rental -- located within the Arapaho National Forest, adjacent to the Mount Evans Wilderness Area and close to Echo Lake and Mt. Evans. Hike, cross-country ski, sled, explore, or just relax and take in the million dollar views without leaving the property or getting into a car. Across the well-maintained access road -- Colorado Scenic Highway 103 -- are more Forest Service trails and roads for hiking, snow-shoeing, or cross-country skiing. These trails lead to Mount Evans and the Mount Evans Wilderness Area. The house is privately situated on 16 acres and you cannot see another house or the road from this house or its two decks. Chicago Creek runs through the property for half a mile, providing private views and fishing. Children will love to roam the woods and make forts in the summer or snowmen in the winter. We have a great sledding hill for youngsters, older kids practice snowboarding on the rails we put up in winter. If you do want to get away, it is only 12 minutes to brew pubs and restaurants in historic and charming Idaho Springs and I-70. From the house, it is 45 minutes to downtown Denver in one direction, or 45 minutes to the top of the Continental Divide in the other direction. Loveland Ski Resort is 40 minutes away. Other major ski resorts are just a little farther. Echo Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort is 10 miles away.

The house has been almost completely renovated in the last year and is tastefully furnished. Large picture windows and sliding glass doors bring the outdoors inside. The living room has new leather couches, a cozy pellet stove, a genuine Stickley rocker, and a 40 inch flat screen tv with DVD and satellite. We recently added free WiFi. A generous movie collection (150 plus) will satisfy all ages and tastes. The house has a huge selection of games (over 20) and books as well. The dining room table expands to seat everyone. The house has high end mattresses and beds with down comforters that augment the quilts and throws for chilly evenings. The house has two new bathrooms, featuring a walk-in two-person slate shower, marble vanity, and slate floors in the master bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances, spices, oils, and cookbooks. It is easy to cook outside on the front deck with the oversize stainless gas grill or on the Weber charcoal grill on the back deck. 7 picnic tables scattered across the property allow you to pick your dining spot.

This summer is booked almost solid, so now is the time to make reservations for next summer or this coming fall/winter season.

Keywords: cabin, house, waterfront cabin, creekfront cabin, Idaho Springs lodging, Mount Evans lodging, Mt. Evans lodging

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About The Owner

Your host Scot Kersgaard and his family bought this property as a weekend retreat and future retirement home and have only recently begun renting it. Our boys spent their childhood wandering in the woods, building forts, and shooting arrows and B-B guns at targets on the old stage coach road that runs through the property. They would pan for gold in the creek in the summer, or snowboard and make ski jumps on the hill in front on the house in winter. The dogs go crazy when they see us get our hiking shoes on, they love the property, too. We live in Lakewood and still come up and enjoy the house. Scot is a journalist and realtor and his wife is a public interest lawyer.

The Owner purchased this house in 2003

Why The Owner chose Front Range Colorado

We bought here because of the rare combination of proximity to Denver, easy access via a plowed highway, and the sense of remoteness that comes from being on 16 acres next to National Forest. We couldn't have found a more perfect location. It's close enough to town that we can easily come up for only one night, or even just to spend a day hiking. It is also close to numerous downhill ski areas. Loveland is less than 40 minutes, Winter Park and Copper Mountain are less than an hour away, even accounting for weather and traffic.

What makes this house unique

Our dogs tend to keep wildlife away, but we have seen many deer, foxes, rabbits, and birds. Guests have reported seeing moose and elk. Scot has climbed a nearby 13er without getting in a car. We often go for all-day hikes and then have a nice place to stay without driving back to the city. If we don't feel like a major hike, there is great walking right on the property, with gorgeous year-round white-water creeks and springs, as well as distant views. Old-growth forest features enormous spruce trees scattered among aspen groves.


Idaho Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Rollaway (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Cross Country-skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain climbing, road bicycling, mountain biking, fishing, wildlife viewing, stargazing. 12 miles to hot springs resort. 10 miles to Echo Park ski and snowboard resort.


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3-BR Mt. Evans Cabin with Trout Stream
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 45 reviews
Chicago, IL

The perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

I spent my birthday week at Scott's cabin with my parents and my boyfriend. I don't think we could have asked for a better place to spend our time in Colorado. It was just what we were looking for.

The cabin has its own private driveway off the main road and there are no other houses for some distance.

The views from the cabin are breathtaking. There are some great hiking trails that start near the cabin, but the land on which the property is located is great for hiking and exploring as well.

The cabin itself is cozy, well furnished, and had everything we needed to make our stay pleasant and comfortable.

We got a little lost on our way to the cabin so we called Scott to ask for directions. He was very friendly, easily accessible, and very accommodating.

We would definitely stay there again on our next visit to CO!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We'd love to have you back. Scot
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What a lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed with beautiful views!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property is lovely, the leaves were just starting to change and great views for days!

  • 3 of 5

I was irritated because we were having a leisurely morning when a little after 10 am the housekeeper came and said check out was at ten and we needed to leave so she could clean it. Online it says check out is at 11, and we were planning on being out by then. The housekeeper was rude and not understanding of the fact that we still had to pack up all our stuff and clean up our breakfast dishes. And the dishwasher wasn't emptied after the last group of people so we had to wash all our dishes by hand. We were so hurried when we were leaving we forgot some of the measuring supplies we used for making drinks. Having to have such a hurried exit definitely put a damper on our initially very enjoyable and relaxing bachelorette party. The website posting needs to accurately portray when check in and check out is so that guests aren't rudely bothered by housekeeping when they think they still have plenty of time to clean up and leave. Other than that we had a good time and would probably stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry about the confusion with the times. I am trying to correct the times on the website. I'm sorry you were rushed to leave. If you come back, I will cut you a deal. Scot
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Great privacy and stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is awesome. Everything you need and or want in a wooded rental. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kona, Hawaii

So Very Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a better place to unwind from it all. So peaceful, beautiful views to wake up to. Found ourselves daydreaming out the windows quite frequently. Thank you for opening your home for others to enjoy, loved it!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private access to one half mile of Chicago Creek for fishing or gold panning!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.9%

Check in is 3 pm. Check out is 10 am,

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.