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Blue Sky Ranch in Black Hawk

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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 is being featured currently 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!

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, 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.

There are 3 fire pits on the property in key scenic locations. 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?

1 mile to fishing

5 miles to the Historic/Scenic Colorado Byway

8 miles to the Historic town of Nederland- Mining Museum, Shopping, Eateries and a Carousel for the kids to ride

6 miles to horseback riding

11 miles to Eldora Ski Resort

14 miles to the World Class Spa, "ARA"

14 miles to the 28 Casinos in Black Hawk/Central City

14 miles to Gold Mine Tours

15-30 miles of 3 National/State Parks including Rocky Mountain National Park.

28 miles to two different Waterfalls

28 miles to White Water Rafting

28 miles to therapeutic Hot Springs

25 miles to family water park "Water World"

25 miles to Boulder or Golden

and 54 miles to Denver International Airport

 And there are at least 30 more extremely impressive sights to see that are all within 60 miles of the ranch.

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(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.

activities and attractions in Black Hawk Colorado

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) 

vacation rental rates

All major credit cards are accepted for your convenience.  Rates posted below are all inclusive of tax. Minimum Age Requirement to book property is 30 and responsible booking party must be present on property.

Summer - (3 night minimum stay required) June 21st thru Sept 1st

$850 Weekday nights Mon to Wed
$975 Weekend nights Thursday to Sunday

$5040 per week

*Rates above inclusive of up to 10 guests.  Over 10 guests, add $50 per person/per night.

Fall - (3 night minimum stay required) September 2nd through November 30th

$850 per Weekend or Weekday night

$4900 per week  

*Rates above inclusive of up to 10 guests. Over 10 guests, add $75 per person/per night.

*Exception - $950 per night Thanksgiving Holiday dates of 11/27, 11/28, 11/29 & 11/30. Thanksgiving Holiday requires a 4 night minimum stay. This holiday rate includes up to 13 guests.

Winter - (2 night minimum stay required) December 1st through March 2nd

$850 per week night Mon to Thurs
$875 per weekend night Friday, Saturday, Sunday

$5000 per week

*Rates above inclusive of up to 10 guests. Over 10 guests, add $75 per person per night.

*Exception- $1000 per night for 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30 & 12/31. Christmas or New Year's stay require a 6 night minimum stay. This rate is inclusive of up to 13 guests.  A week during the Christmas Holiday is $6500

Spring - (2 night minimum stay required) April 1st through June 21st

$850 per Weekday night (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs)

$885 per Weekend night (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

$4900 per week

*Rates above inclusive of up to 10 guests. Over 10 guests, add $75 per person, per night.

Other Fees:

  • $300 out clean fee (2 to 14 night stay, under 10 guests)
  • $380 out clean fee (over 10 guests)
  • $500 out clean fee (28 nights/29 days or more)
  • Pet fee: $250

 Other terms:

-Lodging Rates are not inclusive of some of our additional “on property” activities (like the ATVs & skeet shooting pigeons)  If you bring your own, there is no charge.  Archery is included in lodging rates. 

-Wish to host an event on the ranch?  (wedding, bachelorette party, reunion, team building, etc), Guests wishing to host an event on the ranch - there is no event fee for up to a 30 guest event at less than 5 hours between the times of 10am & 10pm.  However, the accommodation rates will amount to an automatic $1000 per night/3 night minimum stay for up to 10 overnight guests.  Out clean fee will be determined according to how many "day" guests you intend to have on property, so please let us know that number at the time of your inquiry.

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Top things to do in Black Hawk
  • Gambling
  • Ara Spa
  • Pan for Gold
  • Tour Historic Central City
  • Tour a Real Gold Mine
Top things to do on a budget
  • Hiking or Snow Shoeing
  • Site Seeing on Peak to Peak
  • 4 wheeling or mountain biking
  • See Boulder Falls in the Canyon
  • Rock Climbing on Property
Top things to do with a family
  • Skiing
  • Horse Back Riding
  • White Water Rafting
  • Fishing
  • Georgetown Loop Railroad and Gold Mine Tour
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