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Property Details

Updated: Jan 25, 2015
5000 sq ft 6 Bedroom/3.25 Bath mountain view lodge, Sleeps 13

Imagine arriving to your own private mountain vacation home estate thru a long and winding quarter mile driveway which ends at a large log cabin lodge atop a mountain that overlooks the Great Continental Divide.....So beautiful, it has been featured on The Weather Channel as the back drop to the series Freaks of Nature, 'The Human Eclipse' Episode in which the entire 2nd half was filmed on property.

120 acres of pure mountain & wilderness bliss.....

BLUE SKY RANCH has it all! Spectacular Mountain Views, privacy, vast acreage, challenging hiking trails, archery/gun range, camp-fire pits, hot tubs/sun deck, mountain biking, wildlife watching, ATV trails and climbing rock outcroppings.

BLUE SKY RANCH is one of the only centrally located 'LUXURY', 'RANCH' vacation properties in the mountains within convenient distance to everything one would do on a fabulous Colorado vacation, but completely private, isolated and exclusive! However, you are NOT isolated as far as the sheer number of activities you have available to you when traveling off property. The SKI resort towns of Aspen, Vail, Copper, etc don't measure up to Blue Sky Ranch in the rural area of Black Hawk, as they are not within convenient distance to the airport, Boulder, Denver, Golden and the diverse range of activities and landscapes of the great state of Colorado. We are closer to many more activities than ski resort towns can offer including gambling in 'mini Vegas' Black Hawk, waterfall in Boulder Canyon, White Water Rafting in nearby Clear Creek, Rock Climbing in Eldorado Canyon, Ballooning, Gliders or shopping famous Pearl Street in Boulder, Railroad Steam trips in Georgetown, Gold Mine tours in Black Hawk, world class fly fishing just down the road from the ranch, and finally in winter, skiing at the charming Eldora Ski Resort just outside Nederland 15 minutes away.

As you can see, you are centrally located even though when on the ranch, you'll feel like you have your own 'destination vacation' as there is so much to do ON PROPERTY! The Mountain View you have here is one of the best in the State. You can see snow capped mountains (snow capped roughly October through July depending on precipitation) from Jaymes Peak all the way to Longs Peak- almost the entire Continental Divide in the State of Colorado!

Blue Sky Ranch is a Timber ranch with a diverse landscape including meadows, seasonal stream, thick conifer and aspen forests as well as Rock Outcroppings to climb and witness mother nature in all her glory. There are rock cliff walls on the south side of the property as well as flat meadows and rolling hills and valleys scattered throughout the property which makes the position of our gun/archery range a safe place for target practice. The hiking/mountain biking/snow shoeing/cross country skiing on property is just incredible. Our hiking trails are pretty well manicured and marked for your convenience. And, if you've exhausted the Ranch's trail system, the NW boundary of the property borders another 340 acres of National Forest for even MORE hiking trails.

If you're an avid skier, Ski at Eldora Mountain Resort only 15 minutes from the Ranch!

It's a great place for family reunions, corporate retreats, and small initmate weddings as we are conveniently located within an hour of Denver International Airport. Please see event requirements/limitations at the bottom of this description.

The home sleeps 13 very comfortably without the use of futons or pull out sofas.

-The master bedroom wing is 2 floors and has an in-suite master bath, walk-in closet, indoor hot tub on the lower floor, 2 flat screen TVs and a wall of windows with a huge view of the mountains. King bed is Tempurpedic. Sleep 2.

-Aside from the Master, Guest Room 1 has an on suite bathroom, walk-in closet, flat screen TV and cozy cabin feel with Queen Bed. Sleeps 2.

-Guest room 2 is a sleeping loft made up bunk room style with 3 twins for the smaller adult guests or children in your party. Sleeps 3

-Guest room 3 has the best views of the forest and Queen bed. Shares full bathroom with guest room 4. Sleeps 2

-Guest room 4 has forest views and a Queen bed. Shares full bathroom with guest room 3. Sleep 2

-Guest room 5 is a fun Gold Mine Shaft themed alcove with two twins for either adults or children. Sleeps 2 more.

-and finally 1 infant or toddler in a Pak n Play crib that can be put in any of the rooms as a 14th guest.

The kitchen is large and wide open to the dining area with huge glass windows for admiring the inspiring views, an outdoor dining deck, barbeque area, a pantry and has almost every imaginable implement for cooking and entertaining.

The Home Theater features a state of the art 65 inch smart flat screen LED HDTV, 3D Blue Ray & Mp3 Player, HDMI patch for Presentations, Wii gaming system, and a Stereo System that broadcasts sound out by the hot tub and dining deck outdoors.

Wifi is complimentary all over the home and outdoor spaces immediately around the home. Catching up on some work? There is a charming office with copier/printer/scanner.

An outdoor hot tub beckons you with mountain vistas to die for.

There's a fabulous 1 acre fenced in area behind the home for your pets.

A natural stone fire pit with a surrounding sand area to put your toes in as well as a garden is featured off the sun deck.

While hiking, biking, ATVing, snowshoeing or cross country skiing, you'll be in pure bliss knowing this is yours to enjoy right out your front door.

And if you've had enough of the views and wilderness, you'll be surprised to find out that civilization and attractions are within 5 to 30 minutes of the ranch! What other property provides you with the best of BOTH worlds?


Guests wishing to hold events, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, or parties of any kind during their stay, clarify event type and number of guests when inquiring. Maximum guest count is 75. Please do not contact us if you have a larger than 75 member guest party as we are unable to host events larger. Events numbering between 25-75 guests will be charged an event fee of $1750 on top of lodging. Event fee covers the event space on property for the event, 2 pre-planning visits, port-a-johns, rental dumpster on day of event and outdoor clean up beyond the home out clean fee. Lodging rates are an automatic $1150 per night for up to 13 overnight guests during event type stays. Any party or event having over 25 total event guests on property are not permitted to use interior spaces of home with the exception of the 13 guests that are registered overnight guests. Campers in tents or RVs are an additional $25 per person/per night. Tours of property require a $150 visit/appointment fee which will be credited back to you once you confirm your booking with rental agreement and deposit. You are also required to purchase event insurance for your event, (typically $100) for this type of liability policy naming owners of property as additionally insured up to $2 Million. A copy must be emailed or faxed at least 1 week prior to your arrival.

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  • Sleeps 13
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

My wife and I come from the entertainment business and have been all over the world as well as pretty much all over the country. This is by far the most beautiful place we've ever seen. Our favorite past time now is developing the ranch. Every year we surprise our repeat guests with something new.

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120 Acre Private Mountain Ranch in the Wilderness!
+1 -303-642-7656
Nederland Front Range Colorado
Denver, CO

A Mountain Paradise

  • 5 of 5
This was our second stay at Blue Sky Ranch, and it was just as much fun as I expected. Everybody had a blast, it is a beautiful place, and Kevin and Jennifer make sure everything is exactly what you want it to be and more. If you are looking for a place with great accommodations, breathtaking views, and the freedom that only a completely private ranch will give you, look no further. Blue Sky Ranch is one of my favorite places to visit.
  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway


From the Owner

Haven't you always wanted a dream home on a private ranch in the middle of the wilderness? We had 3 criteria for buying this home. 1) lots of acres 2) privacy 3) Top notch mountain views

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Denver International Airport at 54 Miles Nearest Barpub : Pioneer Inn (live entertainment) at 7 Miles Nearest Golf : Evergreen Golf Course at 40 Miles Nearest Train : Georgetown Loop Railroad at 44 Miles Nearest Motorway : Highway 72 at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sundace Cafe at 5 Miles Nearest Ski : Eldora Mountain Resort at 11 Miles Car: necessary

Typically, your vacation rental is just your lodging rental, whereas Blue Sky Ranch offers many more amenities than the typical vacation rental. It's more of vacation 'destination' rather than just a place to stay. And even though we are in the mountains, we are typically busier in the summer months because the climate is cooler and there is so much to do outdoors!

On Property Attractions & Activies include:

Hiking or Snow Shoeing. We have a few pairs of shoes you can use.

Picnicking, Camping and Campfires. Roasting Utensils & Firewood Included.

Archery Range with Target, Long Bows and a Quiver of Arrows

ATVing/4 wheeling. We have a few Atvs for rent or bring your own.

Gun Range. Skeet Shooting, Plinking, Target Practice (bring your firearms & ammo)

Horseshoe Pit

Skiiing (bring your cross country skis)

Amatuer Rock Climbing, requires no equipment

Panning for Gold at the seasonal stream. We have a pan and bucket for you.

Wildlife Viewing and Bird Watching. We have 2 sets of binoculars.

Mountain Biking. There are a pairs of bikes available.

Sun Bathing and Hot Tub Dipping

Off Property Attractions & Activies include:

World Class Fly Fishing or bank fishing (just down the road)

Horseback Riding (5 minutes)

Nederland with 8 restaurants, shopping, mining museum and carousel (7 minutes)

Golden Gate Canyon State Park (10 minutes)

Gambling the nearby casinos in Black Hawk (13 minutes)

Book a spa treatment at Ara Spa in Black Hawk (13 minutes)

Explore Historic Moffat Tunnel (15 minutes)

Alpine Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort (15 minutes)

Thrilling White Water Rafting (class I to IV rapids) in Clear Creek (20 minutes)

See the famous Boulder Falls (20 minutes)

Go for a site seeing excursion on Peak to Peak Hwy (10 minutes)

Tour a Gold Mine in Central City or Idaho Springs (20 minutes)

Take a Ride on a Historic Steam Train in Georgetown (30 minutes)

Take a Refreshing Dip in Hot Mineral Springs of Indian Springs (30 minutes)

Shop Pearl Street or go Tubing in Boulder Creek in Boulder (30 minutes)

Tour Coors Brewing Co or see Buffalo Bills grave in Golden (30 minutes)

See a concert or revel in the Natural Red Rocks Ampitheather (45 minutes)

Spend a day at Rock Mountain National Park (45 minutes)


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Updated: Jan 25, 2015

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter/Early Spring 2015
Jan 5 2015 - Apr 24 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Sep 7 2015 - Nov 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter 2015
Nov 30 2015 - Dec 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $250
  • Cleaning fee $380

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30% reservation deposit with balance due 30 days prior to arrival date

Rates posted are inclusive tax. Minimum Age Requirement to book property is 30 and responsible booking party must be present on property. A credit card is required and is held on file for any damages or missing items that may occur in lieu of damage deposit.


From the Owner

For my wife, the views and the privacy had her eye. For me, it was the log home itself- always wanted one. Every year, we fall in love with the property all over again. The landscapes are so diverse on property as are the sunsets and watching the weather coming in off the divide is spectacular.

Property Type

  • estate


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


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  • Iron & Board
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  • Towels Provided
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  • Wood Stove


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  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Ski-Out
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 5000 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Quarter Bathroom - shower, Mudroom Shower
  • Master Bath - toilet, shower, jetted tub, Hot Tub is indoors in Master Suite in Sunroom
  • Main Floor Guest Bath - toilet, combination tub/shower, shares 2 bedrooms
  • Lower Floor Guest Bath - toilet, combination tub/shower, shared by 3 bedrooms-but the Gold Mine has its own sink


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Bedroom Wing - 1 king, Walk in closet, indoor hot tub, flat screen tv
  • Main Floor Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, walk in closet, flat screen tv with dvd
  • Bear Guest Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, closet
  • Fishing Guest Bedroom 4 - 1 queen, Flat screen tv & dvd
  • Gold Mine Themed Guest Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single, has it's own sink and luggage cubby for each bed
  • Sleeping loft guest room 6 - 3 twin/ single, for children or smaller adults under 175lbs
  • 3 bedrooms on the lower floor adjoin the theater 3 bedrooms on the main floor adjoin the kitchen/living


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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • (2) Hot Tubs- one indoor (seats 2) and one outdoors (seats 6) (3) Fire Pits on various parts of the property (1) Horse Shoe Pit (1) Gun/Archery Range - skeet shooting launcher 'Fenced-in acre' behind the house for your young children or pets. 1,000 square feet of deck space- with Chaise Lounges, large dining table, additional seating and 'Green Egg' Barb-b-que area. Lounges put in storage during winter months. 1,000 square feet of patio space-with Flinestone picnic table and bench all made out of Large Ponderosa Logs. Climbing rock steps from home. Seasonal Stream runs through property. On ranch caretaker. The ranch adjoins another 360 acres of National Forest Land. Stainless steel appliances and butcher block counter tops. House is fully stocked with all the cooking implements needed to create a gourmet meal. Theater with DVD's CD's, Wii Gaming System, Surround sound and touch screen remote control. Entertainment system allows you to listen to music outdoors on a separate zone. Board games, UNO, cards and poker chips. 6 flat screen tvs with Dish Network Satellite WiFi and full office with printer/copier/scanner/phone for your use. Bring your laptop! Mudroom has large capacity washer and dryer and additional shower if needed. Sleeping arrangement- 3 bedrooms have queen sized beds - sleeps 6. The Master has a King Sized Tempurpedic which sleeps 2 more. Sleeping loft bunk room has 3 twins, sleeping 3 more and finally 2 twins in the Gold Mine Shaft themed alcove adjacent to the home theater, sleeping 2 more. Total 13. Pak n Play available for infants/toddlers. Dining arrangement- Indoor Dining table seats 6-8 & Outdoor Dining Table seats 6-8. Large Picnic Table on Flagstone Patio seats 12.

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