Base your Colorado vacation in the heart of historic Cascade, at the foot of the Pikes Peak Highway. From the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, this comfortable old Victorian functioned as the Ute Pass region's Ranger Station. Today it is rejuvenated and furnished to reflect its past as a gathering place for locals and visitors eager to hunt and fish among the legendary forested slopes surrounding Pikes Peak. Your stay at the Ranger Station will open the door to an earlier time when folks came up Ute Pass to relax among the mountain spruce and ponderosa, away from the heat of the "lowlands" and bustle of city life.
The Station's spacious kitchen welcomes you back to a real connection with great-grandma, sitting at the table over coffee or tea, chatting and keeping hands busy helping with dinner chores. The dining table invites the family to eat the old-fashioned way – together, enjoying meals with the honest hunger that fresh mountain air and exercise bring on. Food never tasted so good, nor sleep so deep and sweet, as in the embrace of this generous old house. In the livingroom, the 100+ year-old fireplace still works, reminding you that summer is only one of Colorado’s mountain moods.
There is much to do, close by and within easy driving. Across Highway 24, you can enjoy a glimpse of brown and rainbow trout from the deck of the Wines of Colorado restaurant over fast-moving Fountain Creek. Five minutes from the Station, Waldo Canyon beckons the hiker. Road bikers can join the Olympic bicyclists as they train, cycling up Ute Pass from Manitou. Local bike shops also bus cyclists to the top of Pike's Peak, from which you can bike an exciting 19 miles down the highway! Or you can take the Pikes Peak Highway by car -- just make sure your brakes are good -- from the top, it's downhill all the way!
Cascade’s central location provides easy access both up and down Ute Pass for South Central Colorado's most famous attractions and destinations: in Manitou Springs, Barr Trail begins its 13-mile, 7500ft climb to the summit of Pikes Peak. Beautiful Garden of the Gods borders Manitou on the northeast side, and Red Rocks Canyon Park borders on the southeast side, both providing opportunities for less strenuous hikes, runs, biking and horse-back riding. Manitou is also the home depot for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, Miramont Castle Museum, Navajo Gallery & Gifts, scores of quaint shops, art galleries, an old-time arcade, miniature golf and many great restaurants.
Within convenient driving are tours of the USAF Academy, the US Olympic Center, and Focus on the Family. Going west on Highway 24 to Woodland Park, you can visit the Dinosaur Museum and continue on to hike the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Crags Trail or Mueller State Park. Drive another 30 minutes to Cripple Creek for a tour of the Molly Kathleen Gold Mine, low-stakes gambling, and to experience astounding views of three Colorado mountain ranges from 10,000+ elevation.
All within striking distance are famous area activities such as gold-medal fishing in the South Platte and Eleven Mile Canyon, big game hunting and great wildlife viewing, high-altitude golfing, world class four-wheeling, mountain biking and hiking, and white water rafting on the Arkansas River.
For weekly stays, cleaning fee is waived.
No tax for stays over 30 days