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Be a part of the Mile and a Half High Club!

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Barbecue


About the property

Cozy 1BR Cottage In The Mountains 8,700 Feet Towards The Sky!

Fool's Gold is a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage on Snyder Mountain in Evergreen, CO, 8,700 feet up. It's a sunny south facing hacienda with a deck and scenic mountain views that overlooks protected BLM land making wildlife viewing incredible.

Fool's Gold Cottage is located near the border of Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties, convenient to many outdoor activities including: rafting, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, running, mountaineering, mountain climbing, zip lining, elite athletic training, and hunting just to name a few. If you want to visit Denver, it's only a 50 minute drive. There are also plenty of trails right by the cottage.

Fool's Gold was built in the 1980s. Her sister, The Gold Mine, the home the owner's currently live in is 150 feet from Fool's Gold. The Gold Mine was built in the early 1970s and was the first house in the area. The paperwork they have on the home has President Grover Cleveland's signature on it when he signed the land over to be developed!

When Fool's Gold was built, it was basically a framed house with water, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower pan, sink and toilet, and electricity. There was not any drywall or flooring. The owners used her for a while as an office until they decided to turn it into a vacation rental so others can enjoy the area too. They are currently remodeling Prospector's Place, their current home, that will become a prospective vacation rental the end of 2017.

The roads to Fool's Gold are paved until you reach the cottage's subdivision. There is less than one mile of dirt roads to the cottage itself. Front wheel drive cars do just fine up here and the roads are well maintained. Rear wheel drive cars, some sports cars, and many Volkswagen brand vehicles do not do very well up here.

*Because the cottage is located in ALPINE conditions, please make sure that the cottage would be suitable for your stay if you have children under the age of six, are elderly, or have a physical disability.*

One dog (two dogs with approval) is allowed on the property. There is no additional fee for your pet; however, all guests with pets are required to follow the house rules and neighborhood rules regarding pets. We do have dogs on the property and they are in a separate fenced in area and we are very respectful in terms of barking, etc. No other type of animals are allowed at the cottage.

Thank you for pursuing our rental and we hope have you as our guests and become a part of the Mile and a Half High Club!

Tracey Smith - Property Manager

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Tracey Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 May, 2017

About Tracey Smith

Tracey is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. She paid her way through college working at a resort hotel in Pismo Beach. After graduating, she sold everything she owned and moved to Hawaii. She worked in the sales department at the Ritz-Carlton and was part of the team that won the prestigious Malcolm-Baldridge Quality Award. After spending a year in Hawaii (1992 to 1993), she moved to Colorado and it has been her home ever since.

Larry attended the University of Texas on a running scholarship. He has been an elite athlete for the majority of his life running his first marathon when he was 12 years old. He has run numerous marathons and races since and came to Colorado in 1992 to train for the 2000 Olympics. He came close; 20 seconds off the time needed to qualify in the Steeplechase. He is currently training for the Leadville 100 mile race. He loves living up here as it is a perfect training ground right in his own backyard.

Tracey and Larry have a daughter named Oakley and have two dogs: Queen Snortiffa, Bulldogge; and Cleo Pattra, Great Dane Mix.

Tracey Smith purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Tracey Smith chose Front Range Colorado

Evergreen is a great place to live! It's rural enough, yet close enough to urban offerings. The property's views will not change because it is BLM land and there are many trails within a mile of the property for outdoor enthusiasts. We love it here and we will always consider Evergreen our true home. The only reason we have big city traffic jams is due to elk crossings!!

What makes this cottage unique

When we first bought these homes, they were basically wooden tents. We have worked hard over the last 13 years to build these home from the ground floor with lots of sweat, tears (dust in our eyes, hammers hitting the fingers, bruises everywhere) and love. We are so glad that we can share our place with you and we hope you are just as inspired to pursue your dreams as we were we saw it here.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you so much for sharing your cottage with us! We definitely felt at home up here! The experience went above and beyond our expectations....or should we say the "eggsperience" went above and beyond our "eggspectations." Either way, everything was "eggcelent!" If you can't tell....we really loved the eggs. Next time, we will make sure to bring you some Wisconsin cheese! Thanks again, Jacy

Colorado Dreams, Fresh Eggs and Cold Irish Cream...only at Fool's Gold! Matt G

Eggs in the fridge, eggs in the tummy, six fresh eggs and they sure were yummy! Jared
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Evergreen in the Clear Creek County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Walk-In Roman Shower with white Corian and two shower heads upstairs adjacent to the bedroom. Sunny and bright. Towels are provided. Also provided are mouthwash, toothpaste, Q-tips, cotton balls, soap and shampoo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom is located upstairs and the deck comes off the bedroom. It is carpeted with a Queen Size Bed. It is similar to a loft upstairs, but it is not visible from downstairs. THERE IS A QUEEN SIZE SOFA SLEEPER DOWNSTAIRS IN THE LIVING ROOM THAT SLEEPS TWO (2).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

Be a part of the Mile and a Half High Club!
average rating of 4.6285715 based on 60 reviews

Awesome Stay & Experience!

  • 5 of 5

I traveled all the way out here from New Jersey! What a beautiful place and spectacular atmosphere :) Will definitely be back soon...Tracey, the owner, is an awesome woman and very accommodating! The scenery and wildlife were great...GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful settings

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Small, but very functional

  • 4 of 5

Great location easy access to all visitor sight seeing spots! Set in quiet area with lots of wildlife sightings.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well kept and new kitchen!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a wonderful stay! The cabin was so warm and cozy. Kept very clean and the fresh eggs were just so delicious and an lovely touch of kindness. The kitchen is well stocked with necessities and some delicious extras (loved the orzo pasta and spices!). Def recommend if you want to get away and feel like u are living on your little hill. Loved the geese greeting us! The kids loved seeing all your pets. It was all in all perfect!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place was very relaxing on the inside

  • 4 of 5

It was relaxing and very comfortable for being surrounded by other homes in the area. The inside has a relaxing and inviting feeling that made the stay very comfortable. The little town of Evergreen was peaceful and enjoyable, a perfect place for a little getaway from the big city!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Lovely cottage in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We planned a last minute vacation for our one year anniversary and to celebrate my bday right before Christmas. And this cottage was lovely! We have used vrbo/home away several times before, and this was one of our favorites! Very clean home and the pictures and description was an accurate depiction of the cottage. I was worried about wildlife being in the mountains, and right before we came I got scared of potential mountain lion encounters, especially since bringing our two dogs, but we followed the well known advice and limited their night time potty breaks to be very close to the house and it turned out just fine. We saw several deer and some elk and it was amazing. The driveway was plowed and the mountain roads were surprisingly in good condition considering all the snow and ice, but just remember to drive slow when it's icy. The views from the deck were beautiful and even out on the porch area on the lower level. Tracey's amenities were great too! Fresh eggs, nice sheets over the standard bleached hard hotel sheets, and of course better than hotel shower goods. We would definitely recommend this cottage if staying near Denver or close to ski resorts. It was a nice getaway, and secluded in the beautiful mountains, yet close enough to other houses and town so you don't feel like you're in a horror movie where no one could get to you if needed. Only took about 40 min to get to Loveland ski resort off I70, and 30 min to get to the outlet shopping mall in Lakewood, outside of Denver. Tracey was a very kind and caring host and was only a text message away if we needed something. Her kitchen is well stocked with all you need to cook, and she even has hot chocolate and fresh coffee beans! Her recommendation of sushi win was fabulous, and was only about 15 min away. When you run out of fresh eggs, I would definitely make sure you stop by the wildflower cafe for breakfast on main street. Amazing home cooked breakfast items and the pancakes were HUGE!!! A tavola was another good Italian restaurant on Main Street in evergreen. Five stars to those three restaurants and the cottage! And If you're into massages, we got a couples massage at whispering pines, and it was great! Definitely recommend this cottage to stay and if we ever vacation near Denver again, we would come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: AWWWW! Thank you Valerie and Tyler for your wonderful review of the cottage, the area, the shops and the host ;0). I am so glad you had a nice birthday and anniversary and I wish you many many many more to come. I am also glad to hear your dogs felt safe and at home too. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in the area and many happy and safe travels in 2017 and beyond! Tracey Smith Property Manager P.S. I still have her cats!
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
On Stagecoach Blvd - name changes all the time!
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Evergreen Golf Course
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Amtrak at Union Station, Denver
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 70
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
On Stagecoach Blvd - name changes all the time!
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Echo Mountain Ski Resort
Car: necessary

This cute and cozy cottage is located in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, Clear Creek County- close to many outdoor activites! The land that is not developed where the cottage is located, is BLM land and the wildlife viewing includes fox, deer, elk, Prince Abert black squirrels, cougar (if you are lucky to see one), bald eagles (another lucky find), hawks, various humming birds, finches, meadowlark, lark bunting (state bird) and bear. For more information about hunting in this area, please visit the Colorado Department of Wildlife.

If you are the athletic type and are training or just a fitness enthusiast in general, then this area is for you! Just walking around the area provides beautiful views. Looking for something more challenging? Then bike, run, walk, or hike up Witter Gulch Road towards Mount Evans or even drive to Mount Evans and ascend 17.7 miles to the top. It's the highest paved road in America and reaches to a height of 14,240 feet. At the top, you can view the Mountain Sheep and the entire Front Range.

Evergreen is one of the first cities on the way to the ski resorts as you climb I-70 and Echo Mountain Ski Resort is only 13 miles from the cottage! Downtown Evergreen has a lake that offers year round activities including fishing, ice skating, hockey and non-motor boating. Downtown borders the river where you can shop, dine and enjoy speaking with the all-around good folks!

Whether you are seeking to relax, test your mountain skills, and/or indulge in outdoor activities, Fool's Gold Cottage is just the right get-a-way!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Evergreen, Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £19.33 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £154.61
Tax Rate 6.9%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Up to four people only. Parties with over three people will be subject to a $10/day extra person fee.
60 day cancellation required for a 100% refund.
30 day cancellation required for a 75% refund.
Holidays require a three night minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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