Year-Round FUN - Picnic Pavilion, Horseshoe & Fire Pits, Kid's Playhouse & MORE!
Blair & Lori Decker
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Lots of terrific baby gear available for your use!Lots of terrific baby gear available for your use!
Pets allowed - $125 for the 1st dog and $50 for the 2nd, 35 lb$125 for the 1st dog and $50 for the 2nd, 35 lb
Max guests: 16 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
Family Christmas at Moonshadow Ranch
Home is beautiful, very well provisioned with gorgeous grounds and spectacular views. Property road and steeper approach to the house require vehicles that can handle the snow - somewhat remote location requires planning in terms of food and supplies. Hosts were very responsive to our requests and questions. Our family fell in love with Salida and the Monarch Ski Area all over again and the surrounding area has a lot to see and do. Our family had a great time here!
Great place to stay.
Our trip couldn’t have been better. This property has everything you need for a great vacation. Looking forward to coming back.
The owners have described the property accurately and it is clean and provides a lot of outdoor entertainment areas. Private and no neighbors to deal with. It isn't a quick trip into town but we understood that and appreciated the remote location. Real fun place for a family get together and has a lot to offer to all age groups. Our group had a 3 and 5 year old and they loved it
Perfect family getaway
This property is great for large families! The views are breathtaking and the outdoor amenities provide something for everyone. We made day trips to Canon City, Salida, Buena Vista, Westcliffe, Monarch Pass. There are multiple rafting companies just outside Cotopaxi. We had no trouble finding things to do as well as enjoying days staying at the house. We were visited by deer daily as we had our morning coffee. The kitchen has everything you need! Closets are large, beds comfortable, pool table, air hockey, games, etc. We have traveled to Colorado for about 10 years and this is our favorite home. Blair and Lori are great hosts. They worked with us re: pets, changing guest numbers, and all of the last minute questions and concerns before we arrived. We are hoping its available next year!
Love this place!!!
This property surpassed our expectations on location and beauty. We loved the area and the surrounding communities. The house had plenty of activities and games that kept us busy for hours. The owner was very helpful in offering location for our Daughter and new son-in-laws picture perfect wedding. I would have loved to stay longer.
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.