Five Night Stay August, 2015
My wife and I and our two adult sons thoroughly enjoyed a five night stay at the Rusted Star Ranch toward the end of August. It was frankly perfect for our purposes. We wished to be near RMNP, to spend each day hiking, and to return from those hikes to a comfortable abode. We wished to spend undistracted time together. We wanted to be able to prepare our own food on certain nights and for other nights to go out. The latter we did by driving the lovely canyon road down to Lyons, twice, to enjoy really good food at local restaurants. (Both of the restaurants we chose from the list provided by Janet and Pete.) The cabin itself, from its private beautiful location, to the open patio dining, to the working kitchen, to the imaginative, tasteful details of its interior decoration, we loved. In each evening in the cabin we noticed new artful touches of its decoration and layout. (I will say that the first night we were concerned that four grown persons might be too large for the cabin, but we quickly all settled in comfortably.) The grounds around the cabin are equally delightful, from the dozens of hummingbirds that feed outdoors, to the arranged sitting areas, the perfectly strung hammock, and the beautiful stonework. (The wi-fi was nice to have, if only to read weather for coming hikes.) The location of the cabin was great for hiking. There are numerous good, challenging hikes nearby, and Pete's maps (available for use by guests) saved me a trip to pick up topo's for some of the hikes we did. I would have been content to spend all five days in the Wild Basin and Mt. St Vrain area. The Allenspark area generally seems so much less crowded and touristy than Estes Park. We did drive up Trail Ridge Road one cloudy day to hike Mt. Chiquita, and the drive from the cabin was an easy one. We enjoyed the ranch overlook for both sunset beyond and sunrise upon the peaks of southern RMNP. It's a striking view. Janet and Pete clearly take pride in the Rusted Star Ranch, and have affection for it, which was demonstrated in the place itself, in their cordial efficient greeting of us upon arrival, in the thoughtful provisions that they stock for their guests, in the useful information they provide on local hiking and eating, and in the useful books on local flora and lore. As well they should - it is a lovely, practical, comfortable and tasteful place. We hope to find an occasion to return.
Rusted Star Ranch |Great Mountain Views | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado