About the property
- House4380 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Year-Round FUN - Picnic Pavilion, Horseshoe & Fire Pits, Kid's Playhouse & MORE!
Our big, loving vacation home is nestled in the Arkansas River Valley of Colorado, often referred to as the 'Banana Belt of the Rockies'. This unique, inviting area - stretching only 160 miles from Leadville to Pueblo - experiences warmer, dryer weather than the surrounding regions, delivering even greater possibilities for outdoor adventures year-round! We would love for you & your loved ones to stay at MoonShadow Ranch & experience first-hand this very special area home & property.
We invite you to design your family's next vacation in this gorgeous area & plan to visit the newest attractions of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park & Dino Experience & then, come 'HOME' to MoonShadow Ranch, our family-focused, luxury vacation home! With 4,380 sq. ft. - 4 bedrooms; a Full Game Room - Pool Table, Poker Table, Air Hockey Table & Board Games; an INCREDIBLE, fully-stocked kitchen; wood burning fireplace; AWESOME Outdoor Amenities - 2 Raised Decks with a large grill, a Stone Fire Pit, a Game Pit for Horseshoes & Bocce, a PRIVATE Pavilion with 8-top Picnic Table, Propane Grill & Tetherball & Corn Toss Games & NOW a HUGE Playhouse, Game & Hammock Area with a 10x12 ft fully equipped Playhouse with a 4ft wrap-around deck, Outdoor Games & lounging Hammocks; Basketball Hoop & Private Shooting/Target Range AND...it all sits on 80 private acres!
You & your family will LOVE the entire Royal Gorge Region because it offers the perfect combination of outdoor adventure, Old West history, and small-town hospitality. Nestled half-way between Canon City & Salida, we're 30-45 minutes from ALL the Royal Gorge Region has to offer. This is a place where you can slow down and leisurely shop the Main Streets in Salida or antique shops of Florence. Or speed up, with a paddle in your hands, through the white water rapids of the Arkansas River or enjoy the winter sloops of Monarch Mountain. Or plan to come back to do it all!
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall - This is an amazing place to retreat with your family & friends. Relax, breathe deep & enjoy the quiet tranquility as well as the endless possibilities for outdoor adventure on the property & on the Arkansas River.
Summer: ENDLESS hiking on property! Local rafting tours, lasting anywhere from a few hours to six days, leave from here & tumble along the state’s most popular whitewater river, facing rapids ranging from the calm, family-style waters outside Cañon City to adrenaline-pumping swells & steep drops near the Royal Gorge.
Winter: Cozy up with your loved ones by the fireplace after a wonderful, big family meal & enjoy the great warmth of this loving home. Additionally, we've added a gorgeous stone fire pit, snowshoes & saucer sleds to enjoy the fresh snow fall. If you're looking to add a day or two of skiing to your winter vacation, this could be the ideal home as Monarch Mountain Ski & Snowboard Area is 90 minutes (53 miles) away. Monarch is a great skiing location because it’s often one of the least crowded ski areas in all of Colorado & it often has some of the best snow in the state! Monarch is a wonderfully, family-friendly ski resort with an excellent ski school & child care center.
For an unforgettable experience—enjoy the freedom and privacy of your own living space in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
* Ample space for your family's next vacation &/or family reunion!
* Four (4) LARGE Bedrooms = Sleeps 14 in Beds (w 2/bed) + 1 Pull-Out Sofa-Sleeper + 2 Double Blow-Up Mattresses + 2 Couches
* 4,380 Square Feet of Gorgeous, Living Space
* Satellite Internet Service
* INCREDIBLE Kitchen with EVERYTHING you could possibly need for big, memorable family meals. You won't find another home stocked like this one!
* Full Game Room - Pool Table, Poker Table, Air Hockey Table, Board Games - with Large TV, 2 Full Couches & a Very Cool, Handcrafted Bar. We also have Dish Network & DVD’s for Children & Adults.
* Outdoor Amenities: Stone Fire Pit; Horseshoes & Bocce on the Game Pit (in front of the house); AMAZING NEW Kid's PLAYHOUSE & Play Area with Corn Toss, Tree-Stump Tick-Tac-Toe, 2 Laying Hammocks & 1 Hammock Chair; 2 Mountain Bikes, Basketball During the Summer Months; Private Shooting/Target Range; 2 Pair of Snow Shoes.
* Read a book next to one of 3 fireplaces – One located on each floor. The 1st & 3rd floor fireplaces are electric & the 2nd-floor fireplace is wood-burning.
* Relax on one of two raised decks - enjoy your coffee, a great BBQ dinner or a glass of wine & watch the wildlife that visit the property… including deer, turkeys, and the occasional elk.
* Hike on 80 acres of private land, or venture beyond & make it a half/full-day hike & enjoy crossing over in to the open access to “BLM” land that extends for 1,000s of additional acres.
From Our Family to Yours: Dream as if you will live forever. Love as if you only have today. In the Wonder of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and this valley, may you have love, joy and peace.
- The Decker Family
Blair & Lori Decker
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- May 24, 2018
About Blair & Lori Decker
In 1982, after patiently searching for 10 years, my parents found & purchased 80 pristine acres bordered by thousands of BLM acreage. It was their dream to build a home where their grandchildren could visit & experience some of God's amazing creations. So in 1991, after my father retired from the military and his civilian career, he & my mom & her brother spent two years lovingly building this beautiful 4,380 square foot custom home. In 2009, I was blessed to purchase the property from my parents & I began updating it with some wonderful amenities that somehow make this great property even better. My family & I love getting up to the property for our vacations. Some of our favorites include preparing big meals together, enjoying the crisp mornings with a cup of coffee out on one of the patios, hiking the back acreage, spotting the beautiful animals, getting a great game going or having a movie night, enjoying a beautiful fire in the living room or in the stone fire pit,....the memories & precious moments go on and on. In 2013, we decided to begin sharing this amazing place as a vacation rental home & now we love returning to read the great notes in the guest book where we get to hear about some of the favorite experiences our guests have on this incredible property. We greatly look forward to having you & your family here to do the same.
Blair & Lori Decker purchased this House in 1991
Why Blair & Lori Decker chose Cotopaxi
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...80 acres of private land with a lush front pasture with a big beautiful barn, views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, hiking right outside the back door up the back 20-acres & 2-sides of the property are bordered by thousands of BLM acres & it's ALL just 15 minutes from some of the BEST rafting & fly fishing in the United States! The home is 4,380 sq. ft with three levels including 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths & a HUGE game room level. The house sleeps 12-16+ people (14 in beds + we have additional spots on 2 air-mattresses + couches). Outdoors: We have many outdoor activities that you can enjoy – There are 2 Mountain bikes on-site & available for you to use. The hiking sticks are ready to go in the garage so grab one before you head up the mountain on the back-half of the property. The stone fire pit is great fire-side stories. Out in front of the house, is a fantastic adult sport area for horseshoes & Bocce. And, on the mountain side, we now have an AMAZING kid's area with a 10x12 ft fully decked out Playhouse & game area with hammocks for relaxing adult supervising. During the summer months, we have a basketball hoop in the large driveway area & the basketballs & other sporting equipment - including fishing pools, etc. are just inside the garage. - A Short Drive Away: You can enjoy White Water Rafting, Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, ATV/4-Wheeling Adventure, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Royal Gorge & the Royal Gorge Route Railroad & Helitours, Zip Lining, Skyline Drive, Colorado Prison Museum, Tunnel Road, The Gold Mine Rock Shop, etc. Monarch Ski Resort is fantastic & it's a doable 90-minute drive from the house if any one in your group is looking to ski one or two days of your vacation.
What makes this House unique
The property has 3 levels & lots for space to gather together as well as to retreat for a quiet moment & a great book. First Floor: One Large bedroom with 3 full size beds & a large TV to enjoy DVDs for the kids. We also have 2 full-size air mattresses & extra bedding in the closet of this room. The rest of this floor is a LARGE game room with a full-size pool table, air hockey table, a true poker table with cards and chips, a hand-crafted bar & a TV area with two full couches (one of them being a queen sleeper) & a large TV with lots of DVDs & games to enjoy. Main Floor: Two very nice sized carpeted bedrooms - One bedroom has a queen bed & a large armoire for storing your suitcase and stored in the closet is a full-size portable crib. The second bedroom on this floor has two full sized beds & in the closet all of the remaining onsite baby items - high chair, Pack-n-Play & changing table. The large, open kitchen, dining & living area are also on this level with BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN VIEWS! This AWESOME fully stocked kitchen has EVERYTHING you could ever need including granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances! In addition to the large dining table that seats 8, there are also 6 bar stools around the open kitchen. Off the kitchen there's a substantial balcony with an outdoor patio dining set that seats 6, a grill & more spectacular views. Back in the room is true bliss with a fire crackling in the wood-burning fireplace & plenty of spots to kick-up back on the leather couches & recliner. The picturesque view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is absolutely the focal point of this home as the entire main-floor living space enjoys 3-levels of hand-crafted wood work trimmed windows. Third Floor: Spacious master suite with hardwoods, an electric fireplace, a sitting area & a handsome office. The master has a private balcony with romantic seating for two. In the MASSIVE master bathroom there's a jacuzzi tub and a large 5x5 shower & HUGE closet.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful house, lovely and quiet setting
This was our second stay in this beautiful home, and it was very enjoyable for our large family gathering. Blair and Lori are welcoming and accommodating, and making arrangements for the trip was easy and pleasant. The house is absolutely beautiful, clean and well furnished, and extremely comfortable. Lots of space!! The surrounding land is beautiful and very private, and not difficult to get to. We did some walking, sledding and snowshoeing on the property, and skied at Monarch. The outdoor fire pit and indoor fireplaces were great for warming up after these activities. We spent a lot of time inside too, reading, playing games, and just having fun together as our family gathered. Cooking meals in the large, clean and well furnished kitchen is easy and fun. The property is very well cared for, and the listing description is accurate. The owners provided excellent customer service, including much needed baby equipment. I recommend this house!
Kathy - Thank you for your review & for sharing some of your family favorites with others! As returning guests, you all are perfecting "vacation time balance" - enjoying some of the awesome local activities AND having that precious family time together in the home & on the property. We so look forward to your next visit & reading about the newest memories made as a family! Thanks again!
WOW - More than we hoped
Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your beautiful home, our only regret is that we did not have enough time. Our time here was so comfortable, relaxing, and never lacked for anything. Even the 2 young boys kept entertained! They even left a note down in the 1st floor where they enjoyed playing so much.
Next time we plan for a mountain getaway trip with the family, we will definitely look for this listing again.
This is a very nice home for family groups. It was nice to have so many beds available--not sofa sleepers. Beautiful views of the mountains and lots of extras for the kids.
A great place for a family vacation
We had a fabulous time at Moonshadow Ranch--all 17 of us. The home and surroundings are beautiful. It rained much of the time we were there, but that didn't dampen the great experience we had. We only got in one real excursion--to Royal Gorge, which was an experience. A mom and son ziplined back across, the littles loved the Playland and carousel. We made several trips to the Cotopaxi Store for amazing apple turnovers. Some of us spent part of a day in Salida--Moonlight Pizza was great. But best of all were all the great things to do right where we were--inside and out. Meals together, cousins getting to know each other, movies, board games, pool, air hockey. Child gates kept the crawlers safe. The kids loved the Playhouse--especially the big chalkboard. We wrapped it up with a Family Olympics, using ladder golf, stump tic tac toe, horseshoes, cornhole and giant jenga as competition events! We are so grateful for such a beautiful place for our family to be together.
Thanks so much.
We had such a wonderful time
Since it rained much of the time, we were so grateful for all the opportunities at the house to enjoy each other and the fun together. We loved that there was enough space to all be together, and to be alone. Thanks for letting us enjoy the beauty of Colorado and the many great things about your lovely place. It was perfect for us.
Love this family vacation spot!
Our family enjoyed this house so much! It was great for our family of 8 adults and 2 children, with plenty of room left! The house provided everything we needed, like information on where to get groceries and things to do for the family! Our family really enjoyed all the public land around the propert that was free for us to hike on! We had amazing adventures as a family on day hikes! Our son LOVED the play area with the playhouse! That made his whole week and he could have just played there and been happy! He also loved the bike that was there. The fire pit was great at night for everyone to enjoy. There were so many extras provided backpack for hiking, a carry backpack for our toddler for hiking was AMAZING, lots of things we wouldn't have thought to bring! Also we had an 8 month old and they graciously provided baby gates for our crawling princess! This house was so great for us to just unwind and spend quiet time together! We did the city trips and would hands down stay here over the city any day! We can't wait to return to the Moonshadow Ranch!!!
Located North off Highway 50 and the Arkansas River on CR 12. On property or within a short drive experience: The ROYAL GORGE - It's Scenic Train Ride, Bridge & Park, Dino Experience & Helitours; Some of our country's BEST White Water Rafting & Fly Fishing; ATV/4-Wheeling Adventures; Horseback Riding; Zip-Lining; Kayaking; Rock Biking; Big & Small Game Hunting; Mountain Climbing & Rappelling; Skiing or Cat tours @ Monarch Ski Resort, Skyline Drive, Colorado Prison Museum, Tunnel Road, The Gold Mine Rock Shop,...& ENDLESS STUNNING Sightseeing!
There are thousands of square miles of public land and wilderness for all types of hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. There are fishing trails up and down the river and you can follow the deer and bighorn sheep trails, or bushwhack to your heart’s content.
The Arkansas River is one of the most rafted whitewater rivers in the world. The River’s popularity springs from the number, size and technical nature of its rapids, the length of season, length of river available for rafting, and the unsurpassed beauty. Outfitters say the Arkansas offers more excitement per mile than any other river in the west. From gentle stretches, on up to Class Five rapids, and the awesome Royal Gorge, there is something for everyone, families and thrill-seekers alike. We are close to all the major rafting companies on the Arkansas River.
* Salida Golf Course
* Buena Vista Golf Course
* Leadville Golf Course
* Rocky Mountain Mini Golf
Professional fly-fishing people tell us we have one of the best stretches of the Arkansas River. From mid-April through mid-May, an amazing caddis hatch produces incredible dry-fly action. Brown and Rainbow Trout predominate, ranging from small fish, up to 22 inches long and maybe longer! You can catch-and-keep fish for miles up and down the river.
Make sure you look for the Big Horn Sheep as you drive up or down the river, watch/listen to the males crack their heads together during the rut.
Many university classes come to this area because the geology is laid bare in the canyon for all to see.
ATVs / 4-Wheeling Adventures
The Texas Creek National Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, and nearby BLM and U.S. Forest Service public land, opens hundreds of miles of trails to those who want to explore the backcountry with an ATV or jeep.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Monarch Mountain, located in South Central Colorado, is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area. Abundant natural snow (350+ inches) and friendly people are two of our strongest attributes. You can walk from your car right to the lifts, prices are reasonable, and the runs flow naturally back to the base area.
Nothing brings out the kid in us all more than climbing onto a snowmobile and revving that engine once or twice. Add to the excitement a few feet of sparkling Colorado powder, and you have a recipe for more fun than you can shake a stick at.
Great powder, spectacular views, 1,000 plus acres of expert terrain, steeps, trees, cliffs, and bowls – that’s Monarch Mountain’s snowcat terrain. Considered some of the best snowcat skiing in Colorado, guests enjoy skiing/riding in closely spaced trees, variable snow conditions and extremely steep slopes.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We are a family vacation rental property. We love family reunions, family holiday gatherings & family summer vacations. We do not however allow bachelor parties, graduation parties or similar events. Small wedding & corporate events will be considered on a case by case basis. Please call/email us to talk about your next vacation!