The SpacePerfectly placed privately above the Lost Trail Ranch (where we have 5 other guest cabins), overlooking the head of the Rio Grande Reservoir, river and valley - the views are the first thing you'll notice, and keep noticing! The spacious wrap-around deck and covered porch areas are perfect for kicking back with a good book - not to mention private picnic lunches and social barbecue dinners.
But come on inside, and you'll be equally charmed! For one, a wall of windows brings that view right inside with you! The kitchen is fantastic and calls for some great cookin' for a hungry crew. With full size fridge/freezer, oven/stove, center island counter, and abundant cabinet space fully stocked with pots, pans, plates... you just need to bring the food, friends, and appetites! Along with a spacious and well equipped kitchen The Hilltop boasts a comfortable dining table that easily seats six!
The main room spills over into a living area with expansive views through large windows during the day, and a glass-front wood stove for warmth and ambiance at night. Towards the back of the cabin, you'll find two comfortable bedrooms, and a nice bathroom. The first bedroom is quite spacious with a double/full sized bed plus a twin sized bed and large closet. The second is a bit smaller, but a bright, clean room great for the kids, featuring a set of bunk beds! Upstairs boasts an open yet private master suite with comfortable queen sized bed, private bath with shower and lots of closet space.
About a quarter mile beyond the main cabins of Lost Trail Ranch, Hill Top Cabin has it's own private entrance and is the perfect home-away-from-home for those wanting a more private, secluded, independent mountain experience. And with a small horse corral and access to unlimited miles of horse trails, this is the perfect place for those guests wishing to travel with horses.
This cabin features a full kitchen - oven/stove, fridge/freezer, kitchen sink, pots, pans, cups, plates, bowls, silverware, etc. Pretty much everything you'd need prepare, cook, and eat the food you bring - and if it's not in the cabins, just ask - chances are, we've got it! Note that appliances are all propane, not electric. We do provide a stovetop percolator and/or a French Press for making coffee. Electric coffee makers are prohibited.
Grilling can be done on the outdoor fire pit, where where either wood or charcoal can be used. Note that we do provide chopped firewood, but not charcoal. Of course such open fires are dependent upon current fire concerns and bans, as well as common sense.
Cabinets are also stocked with cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Other typical household items can usually be provided upon request.
Linens and Towels
We provide blankets, comforters and pillows. Please bring your own linens, towels, and wash cloths. This cabin requires the following sheets: Queen Sized Set (1), Full/Double Sized Set (1), Twin Sized Sets (3) Guest AccessThe entire cabin is accessible to our guests, as well as the property that is fenced. The property borders some private land as well as USFS land. There are miles and miles of land to road right outside your private driveway in addition to miles and miles of Wilderness across the river (river in sight of the property cannot be accessed due to private land between property and river. There are places to access the river so please inquire with any questions you would have based on the activities you desire. Interaction with GuestsWe will be close by if you need anything. We will be located at "Lost Trail Ranch" that you will pass as you continue up the road to your private cabin. Private Hilltop is part of the "Lost Trail Ranch" - guest cabins, but is separated completely and on its own system and property. You can "check-in" with us and ask any questions so you are well prepared for your stay. We can even head up with you and give you a walk-through. Getting AroundParking is abundant at the cabin, but please stay on designated driveways and roads. ATV traffic is permitted on the USFS road and a few designated trails as well. Many people like to bring motorcycles, ATVs, quads or side-by-side vehicles. On the ranch property however they can be used to slowly commute to and from your cabin to the gate. We are remotely located and are accessed off the HWY via about 18 miles of dirt road. The road is usually in pretty good shape, but plan accordingly in allowing time to arrive during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy the view as well as find us comfortably as we don't have street lights or lighted signs. There is no public transportation nearby. The nearest airport is in Alamosa and they provide rental cars or you can consider somewhere like Denver or Colorado Springs which is quite a drive from us. Please ask any questions you may have. Other Things to NoteWe welcome you to your cabin at Lost Trail Ranch.
Here is a little bit about what to expect so that perhaps we might help in your planning, preparing, and even packing for your upcoming stay.
This is a welcome letter you can read to help you fully understand the rental/guest cabins here. Please inquire of any questions!
Welcome to the rental cabins at Lost Trail Ranch. Our four rental cabins offer a gentle balance of serenity, safety, privacy and access to the magnificent mountains surrounding us. Our guests typically seek their own space and do their own thing. It's easy to do up here. There's plenty to do, or nothing at all.
A BIT ABOUT THE PLACE…
Lost Trail Ranch is a small, private, remote, eco friendly and completely off grid retreat located about an hour from the mountain towns of Creede or Lake City. With individual cabins allowing our guests their own place and space, Lost Trail Ranch is perfectly situated just off the beaten trail, and completely off grid, yet as you'll find, quite comfortable and not really "roughing it." We strive for simplicity, knowing our greatest asset, draw and attraction is not in what we give, but in what surrounds us. We are a safe and comfortable place and space at the wild edge of the Weminuche Wilderness.
Here, high in the San Juan Mountains in the heart of the headwaters of the Rio Grande, each individual cabins is unique, charming, clean, and very comfortable with the modern convenience you'd desire for your "home away from home," - happily leaving the rest behind (like telephones and traffic and cluttered views!). With quiet hospitality and a laid back operation, we strive to share a tremendous sense of privacy, peace and tranquility with our guests, along with the unlimited breathtaking views and personal connection for us each to establish with the surrounding wilderness. Without hustle and bustle and fanfare, Lost Trail Ranch is a place to enjoy the mountains, at your own pace, your own leisure, to your own liking, and in your own space.
ABOUT YOUR CABIN
Each of our rental cabins has two (or three) bedrooms, full bathroom, full kitchen, and comfortable living/dining space. Kitchens are reasonably well equipped for off grid cooking (with propane oven/stoves and fridges, no electrical appliances). We do have limited solar power for conservative light use and charging laptops, etc. during daylight hours. We provide blankets and request our guests to bring their own linens, (and/or sleeping bags) and towels. Please feel free to check with us for details on your sleeping accommodations and what size bed to prepare for.
Cabins have big, bright south facing windows to make the most of the sun and the views. The cabins on the ranch are spaced in a horseshoe design when you come through the front gate, each cabin on a private acre plus of land with open space between all, and surrounded on two sides by unlimited miles of National Forest, and on two sides by private family owned land. With the exception of Hilltop however, it is completely private and separate from the guest cabins of Lost Trail. It has it's own separate and private entrance a little further up the road.
Autumn comes early, passes fast, and allows winter to arrive at its own leisurely pace, settle in and stay a while. The end of October/early November is the time of this calm settling transition. Mornings will be well below freezing, and days, when sunny, will still glow your cheeks. On average, we might consider lows around 20 and highs in the 50’s. Snow is indeed possible, but not enough to close the roads, just enough to quiet the mountain further.
For each person, please plan on the following: sheets (and/or sleeping bag) and towels; an extra pair of boots/shoes, slippers, extra socks; clothing for your stay in the mountains, a warm coat, warm hat and gloves; flashlight (unless you’re here during the fullest moon); sunglasses and sunblock; a water bottle (it’s very important to drink plenty of water at this high elevation). You are welcome to bring your fishing gear, hiking gear, biking gear or what not. Here, there are trailheads and river access not far from your front door.
There is no television, cell-phone nor land-line phone service available. Please bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone if you think you’ll need to keep in touch with the “outside” world. Please note that our internet service (via satellite) is limited in both time and use.
We invite you to enjoy this relaxing and peaceful opportunity to truly “get away from it all.”
COOKING, GROCERIES AND SUPPLIES
At this elevation, you'll probably need to eat, drink and sleep a little bit more than you do back home. It’s about 10,000 feet here - high and dry. We encourage folks to give themselves an extra day or so to adjust to the elevation if need be. Bring along all the fixings for your meals, snacks and drinks while you’re at Lost Trail Ranch. We recommend that you bring along any paper products (paper plates, paper towels, etc.) and bathroom products that you may need for your stay, as well. There is no nearby grocery/supplies store. We will have some basics but not always in abundance.
We do not have electric coffee pots, but do provide a stove stop percolator and/or a French Press. Outside of each cabin there is a fire pit and/or a wood and charcoal grill or racks for the fire pit.
We would also like to remind you that you should be certain to have on hand any prescription medications that you and anyone in your group may be needing, as well as any recommended medications for high altitude. A first aid kit containing these items should be considered.
Please note that we do not have trash or recycling services here at Lost Trail Ranch. Please be sure to pack out what you pack in. The one exception (and recommendation): please separate your food scraps from your other trash and feed any and all scraps to our chickens and resident crows. Many of our guests enjoy bringing seeds or nuts for the birds and squirrels, though please don’t feed the bears.
ELECTRIC AND PROPANE POWER
We are completely off the grid here at Lost Trail Ranch. We operate primarily on our solar powered electric system, with backup generators if need be. We also use propane to power many of our appliances and backup lights. Our system is designed to provide electric lights for the cabins, and we ask guests to use conservation of lights at all times. Each cabin is outfitted with propane lights. Large appliances (oven/stove, hot water heater and fridge/freezer) are powered by propane. Smaller electric appliances and heat producing appliances are prohibited (hair dryers, toasters, automatic coffee makers, etc).
Charging batteries for laptops, cameras, etc. can be done during sunny hours.
During a cloudy/stormy spell, guests will need to be extra conservative with use of electricity. If the backup generator is needed, it will be turned on during “peak” use hours – probably between 5 and 8 pm.
Feel free to use the wood stoves and keep your cabin as warm and comfortable as you like! Firewood is stored outside of your cabin, and let us know if you need more. Camp fires are welcome (in the designated fire pits) with caution unless otherwise noted and posted (as in the case of any/all nearby fire bans). Please gather from the woods for camp fires, rather than using wood provided for heating cabins. Be sure your fire is DEAD OUT before leaving it unattended! That is both common sense, and the law.
THE RANCH PROPERTY
Lost Trail Ranch is but a small piece of land in the middle of a great expanse of open meadows and high mountains. You'll find us along the headwaters of the Rio Grande, an hour's drive from Lake City or Creede and two miles past the head of the Rio Grande Reservoir. We are about 2 miles up from the Ute Creek Trailhead, and right across the road from Lost Trail Creek Trailhead. The Weminuche Wilderness is right across river, and around us in all directions is the Rio Grande National Forest.
On the property, the Guest Cabins are situated on the uppermost seven acres, with private property to the south and west, and Forest Service to the north and east. Cabins are situated in a spaced out horseshoe design that allows for wide-open views and plenty of privacy.
Located in a county that is 96% public lands, there is plenty of room to roam, explore, get out and do your own thing; and the few parcels of private land should be respected. Due to livestock and horses on private property, guests should note and respect boundaries, fences and gates.
AROUND THE AREA
Feel free to check with us for advice on trails, routes, etc. We would be happy to suggest places to go and ways to get there accordingly to your wants, needs, time frame and physical restrictions. There are almost unlimited miles of beautiful mountains and meadows to explore. Enjoy!
Please take a look at our (EMAIL HIDDEN) for more information and travel directions (don’t believe your GPS – we’re past provided service so be sure to bring a map or a clear understanding of how to get here!) and feel free to e-mail us (EMAIL HIDDEN) with any and all questions. We’re happy to help in any way we can.
We sincerely thank you again for joining us here at Lost Trail Ranch.