About the property
- Estate5000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 6 nights
6 Bedroom, 3 and 1/4 Bath Log Cabin Lodge (Sleeps 14)
A place so picturesque....The Weather Channel's 'Freaks of Nature' The Human Eclipse was filmed here. Blue Sky Ranch was the backdrop for the 2nd half of the show. This beauty has even been host to an Oscar winning director, best selling authors, celebrities and top of their game athletes/sports stars who use it to recharge and be inspired in their creative and training process.
Imagine arriving to a private mountain vacation home estate thru a long and winding quarter mile driveway ending at a large log cabin lodge atop a mountain that overlooks The Great Rocky Mountain Chain.....no peek-a-boo views here! Full ON mountain range views from almost every window of the home and a thriving, diverse natural forest to explore. Space and privacy you just cannot get ANYWHERE else.
Enjoy the most AMAZING sunsets from your private enclave on top of the world with not a neighbor in site.
It IS one of the very FEW properties in the state you need NOT leave the property to enjoy your vacation! Great spot for extended family, corporate retreats, intimate weddings or reunions as Blue Sky Mountain Ranch is within an hour of Denver International Airport. Having an event? See the bottom of this description.
It's honestly the quickest way to unplug and enjoy nature and no crowds!
No more 3 hour trips up Interstate 70 in traffic to enjoy a ski or summer vacation, or the wilderness! You can enjoy it right here, 57 miles from Denver International Airport!
120 acres of pure mountain bliss & wilderness with on site check-in and caretaker to point out areas of interest. Take advantage of miles of hiking & biking immediately outside the door with a seasonal stream bed, hills, valleys, large rock outcrops, a diverse forest and flowery meadows. It will take you a week to explore this property. And if you stay longer, the Ranch adjoins national forest on it's entire Northern border, so you can enjoy even more exploring!
Blue Sky Ranch is so exclusive & private, you will feel like you are the only humans on the planet and in one of the most serene and nature inspired settings most never see, totally lacking in any sense of development nearby. On the other hand, you are in very close proximity to all the things one expects to do in Colorado.
On property there's:
Miles of hiking & challenging biking
Roasting marshmallows by campfire
ATVing or 4 wheeling (seasonally)
Archery/Target Range/Skeet Shooting
Full Sized Volleyball Court (seasonally from Memorial Day end of May through October)
Viewing Wildlife & Birdwatching
Camping or Glamping
Some activities above are at additional fees.
And near to the property, you can also go:
Fishing (within a mile)
Horseback Riding (5 miles)
Alpine Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort (11 miles)
Gambling at the nearby 38 casinos of Black Hawk (18 miles)
White Water Rafting (seasonally 30 miles)
Kayaking/Tubing (seasonally 22 miles)
Ride the carousel or visit a mining museum in nearby Nederland 7 miles away.
Tour a real Gold Mine in Idaho Springs or stroll Pearl Street in Boulder both within 20 to 30 miles away!
ABOUT THE HOME: The master bedroom boasts a whole wing of the home which spans TWO levels, a 2 person hot tub with flat screen TV, king sized wine barrel stave bed with top of the line Tempurpedic mattress, walk-in closet, in suite master bath, and a giant wall of windows allowing you to wake up to the most incredible mountain views.
Aside from a gorgeous master, there are 5 other cozy guest rooms.
Guest Room 2- Upstairs Southwest Suite, Queen
Guest Room 3- Downstairs Bear's Den, Queen
Guest Room 4- Downstairs Fisherman's Abode, Queen
Guest Room 5- Bunk Room Loft, 2 twins & 1 King
Guest Room 6- The Gold Mine alcove, 2 twin beds
Finally, we have a Pak n Play that can be set up in any one of the rooms for infants/toddlers. We also have a high chair.
The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, butcher block counter tops matching the theme of a lodge in the wilderness and it's fully equipped with top of the line flat ware, place settings, pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, double sinks, and all the implements to cook a gourmet meal. An additional walk-in pantry houses anything else you may need including BBQ implements, outdoor dishware, spices, cookbooks, etc.
The dining area inside has service for 6 but can squeeze 8. The dining deck outside with BBQ featuring the GREEN EGG, has service for 6 but can squeeze 8. The picnic table on the flagstone patio easily seats 12.
An accommodating study includes a phone, free local and long distance calling. International calls however will be billed to the credit card you have on file with us. Wifi is also available throughout the home. Just bring the laptop or iPad!
The bottom floor features a wet bar with mini fridge, theater with 65 inch Flat screen LED Smart TV with HDMI patch, remote controlled automatic black out shades, dvd library, cd library, Wii Gaming console with games, and surround sound. Entertainment system plays music all over the house including outside on our entertainment decks.
Outside and to the right of the master bedroom wing, there is a 6 seat hot tub with redwood sundeck featuring comfortable chaise lounges, benches, garden seating, a hammock and a natural stone fire pit.
Keywords: 5 star rustic luxury, private and secluded Log Cabin Estate on 120 acre forested mountain ranch. GLAMPING on Steroids! Rocky Mountains Views, Creek, Natural Forest, Gambling, White water rafting, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking, down hill or cross country skiing and target practice, close to airport. Pet friendly. Great for small corporate retreats, weddings, reunions and family get togethers.
Additional On-Property Amenities include:
(please make us aware of your interest in any these activities PRIOR to your arrival at the ranch, some activities require additional fees and advance notice)
ATV guided tours
Archery (equipment included)
Skeet Shooting or Plinking/Target Shooting at our Gun Range
Wine & Cheese Sunset Hike
Tai Chi or Wing Chun introductory lesson
Food Shopping & Stocking service prior to check-in.
Guests wishing to hold events, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, or parties of any kind, etc., please clarify event 'type' and total 'number' of guests when inquiring. Any additional guests visiting the ranch over and above registered overnight guests is considered an event which requires a separate agreement in addition to your vacation rental agreement. Max guest count for Blue Sky Ranch outdoor events is 70 including overnight guests. We define an event is any guest stay that invites more day guests to property than our 14 guest max. The package rate for an event is $7800 and includes the following:
4 nights/5 days for up to 14 overnight guests, (2) pre-planning visits/appointments, the ceremony site and/or event site, up to (2) port-a-johns, (1) large rental dumpster that will be brought to the site for event rubbish, parking assistance and a few hours of logistical assistance by property manager(s) on the day of the event. If you book a "holiday" weekend, there is an additional $1000 up-charge. The month of July is not open for weddings. Tours of property require a $150 visit/appointment fee which will be credited back to you once you confirm your booking with both rental agreements & deposit. The interior of the home may not be used for events, only outside spaces. Day guests attending your event will not be permitted inside the home for any reason. For weddings or events, we have a ceremony or event site. If you'd like to review our event venue agreement in addition to the vacation rental agreement, please contact us. Please see our blueskymountainranch website for pictures and videos of events and to get all other necessary information regarding events.
Jennifer & Kevin Russell
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
About Jennifer & Kevin Russell
We LOVE animals and love to travel. The properties we've chosen to live and vacation in are some of the unique properties we've come across in our travels. We take great pride in constant upgrades and property development to our homes and hope you enjoy them.
Jennifer & Kevin Russell purchased this Estate in 2005
Why Jennifer & Kevin Russell chose Black Hawk
Owning a mountain ranch was one of our dreams. Our top criteria for choosing this place was 1) Views 2) lots of acres and privacy 3) within an hour of the airport 4) centrally located in that it is close to those activities that everyone comes to Colorado for.
What makes this Estate unique
PRIVACY, VIEWS AND A WILDERNESS WONDERLAND! You won't want to leave. Mother nature sure puts on a show here, from the wildlife, to the trees, sunsets, weather, it's all amazing!
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful home and breath taking views of the mountains!
I will stay here again! The owners were extremely welcoming and accommodating. They helped us with questions, recommendations and anything we needed. The house is gorgous! The view is priceless! We had the best time!!!! I would recommend (and already have) to everyone!!!
Great Bachelor Party Weekend!
Our group of 12 guys had a fantastic time at the house. We spent our days hiking around the beautiful property and enjoying the spectacular views off the deck. Used the kitchen and wonderful Green Egg to whip up delicious meals. Bedrooms easily accommodated all 12 of us.
Kevin & Jennifer were very good about providing extensive details on all parts of the property / house. Would definitely go for a repeat stay the next time I have a group activity in the area.
Purple Mountain Majesty
Had no idea that the mountains are purple in the morning. I guess that's why "purple mountain majesty" in the song "America, the Beautiful". That was a surprise amongst many others at Blue Sky Mountain Ranch. Totally gorgeous setting that I really can't compare to any other private property that I've rented. You truly feel like you own a mountain. The cozy log cabin lodge is a bonus to this immense property. Makes you feel like you are in a safe fortress on top of a mountain.
5-Star Remote Paradise with One-of-a-Kind Activities
We recently stayed at the Blue Sky Mountain Ranch for a friends reunion with 10 guests. The property, vistas, rock formations, forest trails and activities were truly amazing. The cabin has all the luxuries one would expect for the rental fees, with expansive decks, two hot tubs, fire pits, satellite TV/big screens, stocked kitchen and comfy beds. We were constantly surprised by the attention to detail and friendly guidance provided by Kevin and Jennifer (owners). The entire property appeared to be a manicured forest with thousands of boulder formations placed just for us on our many hikes and explorations.
The local shops and great restaurants are all within 10-20 mins drive. We golfed, gambled (Blackhawk Casinos are maybe 20 mins drive), hiked, and held an unforgettable skeet competition onsite. Kevin was kind enough to let us shoot off the back deck into an incredible vista of the snow topped mountains and yellow Aspen trees. We have traveled all over the world to many properties and this ranch was the most unique experience yet.
Renters note - drink lots of water before and during your stay! Sounds funny but our group has some very experienced/fit hikers and everyone noticed the altitude change the first few days.
In having the time of our lives in these mountains, we cannot wait for the chance to get back to Blue Sky Mountain Ranch for another reunion. Thanks again Kev and Jen!
The Meese Party
I can't imagine any other "VRBO" type property to measure up to this one as far as the setting is concerned. The Vistas, the mountains, the sunsets, the forest, the rock formations- all incredible. It was like stepping into my own private National Park with no other evidence of people for miles. Amazing experience, Thank you for sharing this exceptional property.
Kevin and Jennifer are terrific hosts with outstanding local recommendations. 8 of us stayed at this property and loved every minute of it.
We are conveniently located between the towns of Nederland & Black Hawk, making a visit to both places quick and easy. We are also conveniently located close to 2 highways -1 is within 2 miles (HWY 72) and the other is within 6 miles (HWY 119) making access to the ranch much easier than than most mountain properties. This makes getting to Denver, Boulder, Golden or the larger ski areas a snap. Black Hawk's many Casinos, it's charm as an old mining town with historic appeal is a must see as is the small town of Nederland. Nederland feels like an old village, quaint with friendly people, restaurants, a carousel, mining museum, pubs and the famous Pioneer Inn, a watering hole which has nightly entertainment 'bands' where the famous have frequented including the likes of Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Stephen Stills, Waylon Jennings and Dan Fogelberg. Although many of our guests like to explore a day or two off ranch, most find the comfort and beauty of the Ranch itself too inviting and gorgeous to leave. Must do's on Blue Sky Ranch include: ATVing Skeet Shooting or Gun range target practice Archery Snowshoeing Cross Country Skiing Hiking Mountain Biking Wine/Cheese or Forestry/Fauna tours on property Introductory classes in Tai Chi or Wing Chun Massage Hot Tubbing Campfire chit chat and s'mores Not to mention a great place to bring your doggies
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Guest must sign Blue Sky Mountain Ranch's vacation rental agreement prior to a reservation being confirmed. For Events (weddings, any kind of party, company retreats, reunions, etc) see the bottom of our property description. Policies and rates are different for events on property. Parties like bachelor parties or the like require additional out clean fees.