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Unique Dome in the Mt Evans Wilderness

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Idaho Springs - Van Dome Studio

Dome Home Very Close to Paradise

This 3/4 Dome is on 5 Acres adjoins BLM and USFS lands totaling in the hundreds of thousands of Acres. It is 3.5 miles up a dirt road. A 4WD CAR IS REQUIRED IN THE WINTER. It is a cabin in the woods with heat and electricity and running water including free laundry. It is however somewhat rustic and there are no maids, you will be expected to clean up after yourselves. Basic cooking supplies are included but you will need to go grocery shopping. The home has 1 BR and 1 BA and has a total of about 1100 sf. There are three beds in ONE common room w/ loft. It has Heat ( controlled by thermostat) and Water and Electricity....no tv...no internet, but phones work well (4G network) so you can still post to your FB page. There is a stereo with a radio ( you can listen to football games) , a record player and a jack for your phone media. In winter November thru May a 4wd car with good tires is required to reach the Dome. The dome is luxurious in some ways, and rustic in others and its an all around a good value and unique place to stay. It is close to both Denver and to the mountains.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Van Dome
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 October, 2016

About Van Dome

We are scientists and musicians , we've lost the manual for this dome rocketship-recording studio! Come help us find it! In the mean time we're using it as a guest house. Please let us know if you would like to make a record! Some instruments are available if the muse is with you....:)

Why Van Dome chose Front Range Colorado

I was in search of a K9 Shangri La...and I found it.

What makes this cabin unique

In the Mountains, but very close to everything you want to do, whether its in Denver or Further up the Hill!


based on 28 holidaymaker reviews

Unique Dome in the Mt Evans Wilderness
average rating of 4.5 based on 28 reviews

Would stay here again in a heartbeat

  • 4 of 5

I absolutely loved it here. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the state of the property on the outside. The dilapidated shed out front, the plywood siding under the roof porch, a little bit of junk (NOT A LOT) outside. When we pulled up, my husband was very wary about it. But then, we went inside and it was SO clean and everything you could need is in there! Sure, it needs some updating, but only if you care about modern style. I loved the décor and how there are quirky little notes written on the walls here and there and on the washing machine. Drinking water is provided in a cooler just because the water their is hard. There is SO MUCH to do as far as board games, playing records, snooping through the books and binders and boxes of nick nacks. The view was amazing, it was quiet, we saw lots of deer and it's quite secluded. If you are wanting quality family time stay here. We don't have kids, it was just my husband and myself and we loved every minute of being in the dome.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at VanDome. The location is beautiful and off the beaten path. There was some noise from neighboring cabins, but mostly pretty quiet.

The porch has amazing views and the hammock was very nice.

Communication with Adam was great and he even brought us flowers since it was our anniversary!

The interior of the dome could have been cleaner, there seems to be a problem with mold in the bathroom and inside the washing machine. I mention this because, like me, some folks are very sensitive to mold and may have some issues because of that.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dome Love

  • 5 of 5

The Dome was the perfect spot for a Daddy-Daughter weekend.

We played every board game, shot BB guns, saw the stars, slept in, made pancakes, and rocked out to the main Star Wars theme on vinyl. And then we went "Under Dome". You have to see it to believe it: art, rock & roll, and a wood-fired sauna!!!

We drove to the top of Mt. Evans and hiked around Echo Lake Park and downtown Idaho Springs.

Leave all the screens at home and bring your imagination.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect mountain getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 4 adults and 2 dogs had an amazing stay at the dome! The architecture is beautiful and the interior had everything we needed and more (cool books, awesome selection of records, and interesting curiosities that have been collected over the years). We cooked every night in the full kitchen and woke up to deer and a fox on the balcony as we sipped coffee in the morning. I miss watching the sunsets from the porch......We want to go back every year! Thanks for a fabulous stay!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My relaxing and serine Dome experience

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed a weekend at the Dome. What an awesome experience we all had. The Dome was so cozy and relaxing with instruments, work out equipment and outdoor lounging areas. We all have discussed going back this coming summer to remake another amazing memory at the Dome. We appreciate your welcoming and creative Dome Adam and your neighbor Dale was a quick responder when we had gotten stuck in the snow, what a great guy. Even with our snow trouble we didn't have a thing to worry about. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Dome, and certainly not the last. We love everything this place has to offer - seclusion, no internet, wood stove, awesome record player and instruments around the house...all within close distance to Boulder/Denver! Highly recommend staying at this unique place. We also did a great hike at nearby Chicago Lakes which was beautiful. Get out of your comfort zone!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Tommy Knocker Brewery
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Fossil Trace Golden
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Georgetown Loop Scenic RR
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Buffalo Restaurant , Two Bro's Deli
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Clear Creek
Car: necessary

Mountain biking and Hiking are available year round right out the door, high above the Chicago Creek Valley. Mt Evans is just up the road, you can drive to the top in the summer and explore for days! World class adventure is right out the door. In winter head to evergreen Lake for pond Hockey or up to Loveland for some Pow. Soak in the Indian Springs Hot Springs.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Idaho Springs, Front Range Colorado

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
25 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
25 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Spring Break
1 Mar 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Waiver of Liability must be signed before staying. Liability is waived by staying. Four Wheel Drive Vehicle required in the Winter months. If you don not have 4wd Transportation can be arranged for a fee. Other transportation can be arranged eg. DIA , Red Rocks , Loveland.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in the Idaho Springs in the Colorado

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Separate Wood Fired Sauna!
  • Bathroom has a nice large Oval Tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 3 Large Double Bed , There is a folding couch type thing as well as three QS beds
  • Loft has two Queen Size beds and a Futon, bedding is supplied. Another queen size foldout is in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The Dome is right in the Historic Mineral Belt, some of the richest silver and gold mines ever found are right here. Most of the mines have been sealed and are not dangerous anymore. Rides to and from Red rocks or elsewhere can be arranged, please do not drink and drive, we need you alive!

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