RMNP needs your help to purchase, protect 40 acres of land

13 thoughts on “RMNP needs your help to purchase, protect 40 acres of land”

  1. OMG! I’ve stayed there! It was owned and ran by my first husband’s ex-wife’s parents. (did that make sense?) So it would have been my 1st husband’s ex-in-laws. Anyway, I loved it! We went up there for a week back in 2001. Was a wonderful place to stay. Personally, I’d love to be able to buy it myself but it would be best for it to go to the park.

    1. I’m jealous. Given the location — you could just walk into the park. I had no idea the cottages were open to the public and was barely aware they existed. I almost always used the Beaver Meadows entrance and my favorite cabin was over near there.

      1. They were wonderful cabins. I really enjoyed staying there. If the park does not pick them up, I hope a nature lover does and keeps it pretty much the same.

      2. Yes, that would be the second best option. If the new owners keep renting them (instead of building a huge ugly lodge of some kind), it’s the kind of place I’d like to stay.

  2. My Uncle owned part interest in a silver mine back in the early 50’s about 100 miles from Colorado Springs. My brother and I spent several weeks at the cabin in a little community with several LOG CABINS in the area. We slept in a 4 person Silver Stream trailer,slept under a real bear rug blanket,and used a real out house(no indoor sewer facilities available) for the duration of the stay. Your picture of the area and story bring back fond memories. I caught my first lake/stream trout there and found real Indian arrow heads on the trails in the woods that were right there. And YES…on a cloudless night you could see the Milky Way with a billion stars all around. That was truly Awesome! In my personal opinion,only The Author of Creation could create such a magnificent glorious sight! Thank You for the memories. John

    1. It was definitely my pleasure. My dad started bringing the family up here for vacations in the late ’40s and ’50s. One summer we were in a log cabin with no indoor plumbing, a pump in the kitchen sink, a wood stove for cooking, and an outhouse that we kids were afraid to go to after dark (hence “chamberpots”). Many other years we were in equally rustic log cabins, but with indoor plumbing and normal stoves. I caught my first trout near Allenspark, under my dad’s tutelage. Learned to love this area back then and have never stopped. I consider it a huge privilege to be able to live this close now.

  3. Oh, PT, I do hope you all succeed in securing the land! I get very antsy here – our government started eyeing up our forests about 3 years ago and it makes you realise that nothing is safe forever, you have to be so vigilant. it looks a beautiful place.

    1. It would be a real tragedy for this corner of the park to be sold to commercial interests. It’s so close to one of best, most popular wildlife viewing areas and would surely ruin that for everyone. I’m hopeful the money will be raised, but you dare not assume anything these days.

  4. Oh, so glad I ran back trying to catch up.
    We have stayed in those cabins. Really rustic and basic – the rain can drip in between logs in strong storms, but so wonderful. Drinking coffee on the front porch watching the rain – front row seats to the mt bike races – and so quiet at night once the park closes up. As close as you can get to being in a cabin in the backwoods – and still drag your family along ….one light bulb hanging on a chord!.
    Will spread word to those we know who travel there. THANKS for the heads up.

      1. Still trying to figure out how I could have spent so many vacations in Estes without ever noticing these cabins. Talk about a front row seat on the park! Part of it, I know, is that after the Lawn Lake flood, I swore I’d never stay along that river. But that leaves an awful lot of earlier years. I can only assume it’s because we always approached Estes from the south, coming in on Hwy 7. To avoid downtown traffic, I always cut off on Mary’s Lake Road, and that put me in the SW part of town, looking for lodging near the Beaver Meadows entrance. Totally unfamiliar with the Fall River Road corridor west of downtown.

... and that's my two cents