Imagine waking up and looking out over snow-capped peaks and breathing in fresh, clean mountain air - RedTail Retreat is waiting for you...
After enjoying a cup of morning coffee, your daily options are nearly limitless! It's not uncommon to see wildlife just out your window, or on a stroll through the property. We regularly see chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, mule deer, elk, moose, mountain lion (rare and usually at night), turkeys, bear, coyotes (they shy away due to our dogs) and LOTS of birds. Typically the only sound you're going to hear is the soundtrack of nature - it's so peaceful...
Depending on the time of year, you can do any of the following:
Fall/Winter - Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, Cross-Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing (Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain are all approximately one hour drive), hunting (surrounded by hundreds of acres of National Forest land), hiking (St. Mary's Glacier is only 10 minutes up the road), shopping and gambling (Idaho Springs is 10-15 mins, Georgetown is 20-25 mins, Blackhawk and Central City are about 30 mins, Denver 45 mins) Ice Climbing
Spring/Summer - Whitewater Rafting or Fishing (ask about guide services), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Shopping and Gambling (Idaho Springs is 10-15 mins, Georgetown is 20-25 mins, Blackhawk and Central City are about 30 mins, Denver 45 mins), Sightseeing (plenty of scenic drives close by) 4x4 off-roading (hundreds of miles of Forest Service trails)
Red Tail Retreat is perched high atop Redtail Ridge and overlooks Mt Evans and the entire Continental Divide. The views are truly breathtaking. Since we are on our own little "island", there are weather patterns here that are as surprising as they are unpredictable.
The living space is an attached studio loft or "mother-in-law" suite complete with a king size bed and a separate memory foam mattress in the loft area. (NO CHILDREN allowed in loft under any circumstances) The space also includes a kitchenette complete with a microwave, outdoor propane grill, coffee maker, toaster and bar sink/mini fridge. Pets are allowed as long as they are well-behaved - we never charge for pets unless damage occurs. There is a full private bathroom attached to the space as well.
The caretaker/manager lives in the main home but have their own separate entrance and parking areas. Should you have any issues during your stay, they are available 24/7 for assistance. If you choose to bring your pup/s, there is a 1/4 acre fenced-in yard you and your furry family member are welcome to use, providing they are well-behaved. You'll have access to our 5 acres of property (seasonal stream below) as well as thousands of acres of National Forest and hundreds of miles of Forest Service Roads.
Red Tail Retreat is 100% off-grid - we do not have electrical power like standard homes!! This doesn't mean we don't have electric at all, it just means that we rely on solar power to keep our battery bank charged (educational lessons available if you want to learn more about off-grid life and/or solar) What this means is that we live a conservative lifestyle in terms of resource use. The home operates similar to a normal home but with a few caveats. 1. We are very energy conscious - high draw appliances such as hairdryers and curling irons WON"T BE ABLE TO BE USED unless the generator is running - sorry this is part of being off grid and conservation conscious! 2. We are very water conscious. We are on a well and have plenty of clean mountain spring water, but part of living off-grid is that our water is stored in a 150 gallon sterile tank. We manually fill the tank as needed - water pressure and temps are just like a normal home. You won't be responsible for filling the water, but we ask that guests just be conservative with usage. 3. We are 100% solar dependent and have our power through a bank of batteries. If there isn't sun or it's very cloudy, we may have to run the generator during the day but generally limit the generator use to the evening for 2-3 hours max - this is rare and only necessary if we go multiple days without sun Thank you in advance for understanding!
NOTE: THIS ACCOMMODATION IS NOT SAFE FOR CHILDREN. THERE IS A WOOD STOVE AND A LADDER-ONLY ACCESSED LOFT THAT IS NOT SAFE FOR CHILDREN.
We can't wait to share our piece of heaven with you!