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Jennifer & Kevin Russell

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

120 acre Private Ranch! Pristine Mountain Views & Wilderness!

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Overview

Black Hawk Estate Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedroom & 3 and a 1/4 Bath 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)

Corn-hole

Horseshoes

Viewing Wildlife & Birdwatching

Rock Climbing

Skiing (seasonally)

Camping or Glamping

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 barbeque 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. You'll also find two Air Chairs that you can lightly swing in under the deck in the shade and out of the weather which are great for sipping wine, hot chocolate or a beer while taking in the sunset amongst a fantastic view of Jaymes Peak.

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)

ATV guided tour - $75 per ATV, per hour

Archery (equipment included)

Skeet Shooting or Plinking/Target Shooting at our Gun Range

Forestry, Flora, Fauna & Animal Tracks Tours $30 per person

Wine & Cheese Sunset Hike $36 per person

Massage $185 per hour (48 hours advance notice required)

Tai Chi or Wing Chun introductory lesson $150 for group

Food Shopping & Stocking service prior to check-in. $150 trip/stocking fee plus your grocery bill. Must have advance notice of 48 hours prior to check in.

EVENTS:

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. 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. 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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Jennifer & Kevin Russell (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

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 Front Range Colorado

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!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)
120 acre Private Ranch! Pristine Mountain Views & Wilderness!
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Estes Park
5

Amazing Mountain Home and Property

  • 5 of 5

Everything they advertise is accurate and this home offers you a perfect place for couples, family reunions, small events, bachelor or bachelorette parties, week long mountain getaway for a larger family and friends etc. Kevin and Jennifer are great people and very responsive with questions and keep a good account of any conversations or request you may have. Easy to find and very close to civilization but you could stay there for a week without any need to leave. I'm thrilled to know about this place and plan to come back for any reason I can find. If you haven't figured it out and are still reading give up and book already!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago
5

Amazing place and amazing people

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible experience at the ranch. The property itself is stunning, and Jennifer and Kevin make sure you have whatever you need to get the maximum enjoyment out of your stay. ATVs on the trails was definitely a highlight of the trip. We look forward to returning again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place for our small corporate retreat

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, well-equipped and although pristine and mountainous without a neighbor in sight, a relatively convenient location from Boulder and Denver.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado
5

Weddings

  • 5 of 5

Incredible. Our wedding couldn't have been any more perfect. The destination and accommodation is 5 star. The hospitality was even better. Kevin and Jennifer do all that they can to make your stay an enjoyable and complete one. if you like to be in the outdoors and enjoy the serenity and peace of nature, this is the place for you. We had a small wedding with close family and friends. Our immediate family stayed over night the day before and after the wedding. Plenty of room and lots to do! Would recommend it to anyone for whatever your outdoor recreational needs!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Collins, CO
5

Perfect Wedding Venue

  • 5 of 5

Blue Sky Mountain Ranch was a perfect destination for an outdoor low key wedding! The property owners were extremely accommodating and helpful in our preparations. There is truly something special and magical about the ceremony site with the views of the mountains and valley of aspen trees. The house had everything and more that we could have asked for. There is so much property to explore and wonderful views! We will definitely be back to stay and would recommend this place to everyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Blue Sky Mountain Ranch was great

  • 5 of 5

The house and property were wonderful. It's amazing how secluded you can get, but only be thirty minutes from Boulder or an hour and fifteen minutes from DIA. The owners were very helpful and lived nearby, so they were able to stop in and welcome us, as well as reset the hot water heater when it went out. They also helped show us some great hiking trails and fly fishing spots nearby. We had a great trip (10 friends from college), and we would definitely go back to the Blue Sky Mountain Ranch.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
The Last Shot
Nearest Golf
34 Miles
Evergreen Golf Course
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Georgetown Loop to Silver Plume
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 72 & Highway 119
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Sundance Cafe
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Eldora Ski Resort
Car: recommended

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

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Rates & Availability

Black Hawk Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Peak 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
$950
From
$950
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$6,400
$25,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall 2016
Aug 29 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$925
From
$950
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$6,100
$24,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Remainder of Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
$875
From
$950
Fri,Sat
$5,600
$21,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,000
$6,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$875
From
$950
Fri,Sat
$5,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/NewYear's
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 1 2017
6 night minimum stay
$1,000
$7,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$875
From
$950
Fri,Sat
$5,350
$21,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2016
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$875
From
$950
Thu,Fri,Sat
$5,500
$24,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$850
From
$950
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$5,500
$24,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Out Clean fee $400

Look at posted rates for accurate quotes or inquire to be sure.
For Events (weddings, any kind of party, company retreats, reunions, etc), or additional campers, 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.
Monthly stays include a once a week cleaning by one of our cleaning staff. This is not the out clean fee. Ask about details. Add a $1000 premium to 4th of July Holiday weekend, if you are not staying a full week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Black Hawk Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master's Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    On Suite Southwest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Also common bath to kitchen/dining area
    The Bass Room - toilet , combination tub/shower , The Wildlife & Fishing Retreat's share this one
    Mudroom - shower , Shower, Washer & Dryer
  • Each bathroom is appointed with amenities, fresh towels and hair dryers.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Massive Mountain View Master - 1 king , in suite bath, hot tub, flat screen tv, walk in closet
    Southwest Suite - 1 queen , Walk in closet, Flat Screen TV, black out shades
    Wildlife Retreat - 1 queen , Best Guest Bedroom Views from this room!
    The Creek Retreat - 1 queen , Great views, Flat Screen TV & DVD Player
    The Buckin' Bronco Loft Bunk Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 kids & 2 adults
    The Gold Mine - 2 twin/ single , Sleeps 2 adults or 2 children
  • We have an additional Pack n Play for infants or toddlers that can be set up in any one of the bedrooms by request. (1) Stroller & high chair are also available by request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Fire Pit, 120 acres of hiking trails, rock climbing areas, gun range, cross country skiing, vista/observation decks, skeet shooting, picnicking, atving, archery, mountain biking, snowshoeing, sun decks, hot tubbing, borders national forest, pan for gold in the season stream, wildlife/birdwatching, entire fenced in acre for kids/dogs....

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