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Rusted Star Ranch |Great Mountain Views | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Bedrooms 2
Space 825 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom with mountain views, wood-fired BBQ, hiking/climbing, horses welcome

Rusted Star Ranch is an intimate 55-acre high-country property surrounded by sun, sky, and big beautiful mountain views. We invite you to our high-country ranch for your exclusive eagle-eye view of the Rocky Mountains from an elevation of 8,600 feet.

- Modern-style cabin with loft; Queen Beds (x2) plus twin pull-out sleeper, Flagstone Patio, Wood-fired BBQ, DCS professional gas stove and oven, KitchenAid refrigerator, Walk-in shower, adirondack chairs, hammock, and hummingbird haven

- Stargazing, wildlife-viewing, birdwatching, hiking, and more...

- Horse corral, acres of fenced pasture, water tanks, hay storage, parking for horse, stock, or people-trailers

- Horses, llamas, mules, donkeys, goats, and dogs always welcome.

The entire cool and cozy cabin is yours to enjoy with walk-out parking, and private access to hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding in Roosevelt National Forest adjacent to Rusted Star Ranch. Corral and fenced pastures available for your horses or pack animals; and this includes trailer parking, hay storage, and water.


We enjoy the modern/contemporary, rustic place we've hand-crafted over the years and the intimate high-country feel that always surrounds this special place. Located between the the towns of Lyons, Allenspark, and Estes Park, we're minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park, dining, entertainment, and most any back-county adventure of your choosing.

> Bohemian style and comfortable amenities include kitchen with a DCS professional gas stove, full-size stainless KitchenAid refrigerator, large double-bowl enameled farm sink with hickory countertop, etc.

>Queen bed in the loft with views; and a very comfortable queen pullout in the spacious living room. The sleeping loft is mid-century modern in style and in addition to the queen bed it also has a small lounge area with sofa, chairs, and coffee table to enjoy the great views.

> Our ranch is 45 minutes from downtown Boulder (Pearl St. Mall). The drive up to the cabin (or on the drive down to Boulder from RSR) is through the beautiful, scenic St. Vrain River canyon. Between Rusted Star Ranch and Boulder, CO is the great little town of Lyons - well known for their bluegrass music and outdoor festivals, intimate restaurants, locally-owned grocery store, coffee shops and bakeries, shopping, antiques, etc.

Getting around:

You will need to have your own vehicle to access the property as there is no public transportation available at our scenic and private location.

Other things to note:

There is no cell phone service at the cabin; however there is a land line and wireless internet.

House Rules:

We expect our guests to treat our cabin and property as you would treat your own; and enjoy it as much as we do.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin near the Allenspark near the Boulder County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 825 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Newly remodeled walk-in shower; new TOTO toilet; all bathroom linens toiletries provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Rusted Star Ranch |Great Mountain Views | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Amazing, relaxing, and perfect!

  • 5 of 5

If you are considering this property, just do yourself a favor a book it. From the minute we arrived, we felt like we were at home. It is obvious that Janet and Peter have invested all their love and passion into the cabin, and that kind of devotion let's you know you're staying somewhere truly special. Just outside the congestion of Estes but close enough to access the town, the park, and lots of trailheads. Don't pass up the delicious food in Allenspark -- Rock Creek Tavern and Meadow Mountain Cafe were wonderful. Quiet, serene, relaxing, and gorgeous -- we couldn't have dreamed of a better place. Thank you for sharing your cabin with us!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location and Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Rusted Star Ranch was fantastic! The property and views were gorgeous; the pictures here give a very accurate snapshot, and they are even more breathtaking in person. I was also extremely pleased with the quality and cleanliness of the cabin itself. The fixtures were new, everything was spotless, and it contained just about everything we needed. Towels and sheets were in very good condition, all utensils and amenities were available, and the owners even had a gift basket of food for us. We had a great time exploring around the property, enjoying views of Mt. Meeker, and we ate nearly every meal on the patio. The cabin was an easy drive to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. I would highly recommend this location to anyone looking for a mountain getaway with access to the national park.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mountain Top Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Janet and Pete,

Thank you so much for allowing us to spend a few days in your home in Allenspark before heading to Breckenridge for our son's wedding! We loved the location and everything about your lovely home. We were able to explore the property and view a spectacular sunset from your perfect spot on the mountain top. Additionally, we thoroughly enjoyed the convenience of hiking numerous trails nearby to Lookout Mountain, Twin Peaks and Finch Lake...with views worth every step! Coming home to your humble abode, surrounded by the scenery and many, many happy hummingbirds! We enjoyed cooking dinners on your outdoor grill and building evening fires in the nice fire pit next to the grill!

We enjoyed a trip into Estes Park and Lyons for nice afternoon lunches and once again enjoying the views along the way! Heading out one morning we spotted a juvenile brown/black bear exploring along the lower driveway only to be startled by our vehicle and running like the wind into the nearby woods. What a treat before our "main event" in Breckenridge!


Lynn and Tom Harris

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We can't stop talking about it

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Rustic Star Ranch was perfect. We found ourselves so obsessed with the design of the cabin that it was all we talked about for the first hour or two of our stay. The setting of the cabin is perfect for day hikes into the National Forest. The view from the lofted bedroom was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed cooking all of our meals, indoors and outdoors. Janet and Pete were very welcoming! We hope to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wanted to stay forever

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited the Rusted Star Ranch for our anniversary in October. At first we were a little apprehensive, we had never rented from owners before and did not know what to expect. I have to say that our minds were at ease from the first moment we drove up and met Janet. The cabin is Amazing, I wanted to pick it up and take it back home with us. We had everything that we needed with in reach and were met at with a basket full of goodies and breakfast items. The décor was like something from a magazine, we found out that most of the work was done by Pete and Janet! The first night we hiked up to the pond and took in the wonderful scenery and sat at the small outlook and enjoyed Longs Peak. At night we slept with the windows open and could hear the elk bugling. We had a wonderful time and a great trip and will be back!

Thank you Janet and Pete for everything!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey

Peaceful BEAUTIFUL Cabin Getaway

  • 5 of 5

First off, Janet and Pete are so sweet. One of the nicest couple we've ever met! Now for the cabin review; my husband and I could not have been happier or more comfortable any where else. The cabin is nestled quietly on a hill top and offers all the views those pictures show on this site and more. It was literally breath taking outdoors. Inside the cabin the decor was unique but in a great way ;) Steel, wood, warm colors and a welcoming feel. It was just so nice. The owners supplied a little breakfast package which certainly helped after arriving late in the evening! The location of the cabin in regards to Rocky Mountain park was convenient as it was to ATV trails, horse riding and basic sight seeing. We would definitely stay there again! ! I honestly cannot say enough great things about this cabin stay, loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Janet and Pete
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 February, 2018

About Janet and Pete

Rusted Star Ranch was started by long-time Colorado residents Janet & Pete. With the intention of establishing a community connection to both Lyons and Allenspark, Colorado, they have brought together their passions for design, architecture, horses, locally-grown food, craft beer and environmental sustainability. Rusted Star also hosts beautiful weddings, private events, and bohemian getaways throughout the summer season. You will usually see Pete & Janet with horses, pulling invasive weeds, throwing a stick for their dog Vigo, or cooking on their wood-fired BBQ.

Janet and Pete purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Janet and Pete chose Allenspark

Inspiration abounds; and the opportunity to explore is endless. It’s up to us to find it. Rusted Star is a place for you to feel at home and seek something new. Here you can soak up a certain kind of quite solitude the Colorado high-country offers.

If you’ve been daydreaming about the mountains and feeling a pull inside yourself to travel some where just to see what’s there… or if you’ve been longing for a trip that gives you a true chance to escape and see something new and exhilarating, then Rusted Star Ranch is for you.

If you’ve found our listing and love our Rocky Mountain location or modern rustic/bohemian vibe but expect the full service amenities of a hotel, ski resort condo or pricey dude ranch, this place is not for you.

Rusted Star can be your home base for microadventures with local discoveries of all sorts and sizes; it’s a place that can rekindle the spirit of adventure for a day or 2 or 3 depending upon what you’re up for; or it can be your Base Camp to hike, climb or mountaineer the world-famous Longs Peak.

Rusted Star is also a place to rock in the hammock, soak up the sunshine, and listen to the hawks and hummingbirds.

If you like scenic drives and amazing vistas, take a drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road, which will take you from Estes Park to Grand Lake. Covering the 48 miles between Estes Park on the park's east side and Grand Lake on the west, Trail Ridge Road more than lives up to its reputation. Eleven miles of this highway traverses above tree-line, the elevation near 11,500 feet where the RMNP's evergreen forests come to a halt. As it winds up and across the tundra's vastness to its high point at 12,183 feet elevation, Trail Ridge Road (U.S. 34) offers visitors thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions, all from the comfort of their car.

What makes this cabin unique

Whether you walk or drive, you’ll find pockets of amazing beauty nearby.

> Head to Lyons, Colorado, the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends and Festivarians converge under the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River.

> Hike up to the pass between Meadow Mountain and St Vrain Mountain just for the grand view into the southern most end of Rocky Mountain National Park; if you can’t make it all the way to the pass, the walk up the trail is truly beautiful with great views, wildflowers, and wildlife – well worth a walk in the woods.

> Eat breakfast or lunch at our local favorite, Meadow Mountain Café. If you’re in a rush and forget that good local people are making you really good food… don’t count on much attention or service. No worries; it’s just a local tradition ;)

> Visit The Old Gallery in Allenspark. Local art, crafts, play ground for the kids, open mike, summer musicals, local potlucks or our favorites - the annual Hog-a-palooza… and Run Like the Wind.

> Take a trail ride out of the Allenspark Livery; a short ride into the Roosevelt National Forest or longer rides to Ouzel Falls or up the Ouzel Lake inside the southern end of Rocky Mountain National Park.

> Drive to the Chapel on the Rock at the Saint Malo Retreat Center at the base of Mt. Meeker. The location, view, stonework, and/or a conversation with its local caretaker, Johnnie Davis is worth the short drive from Rusted Star.

> Have an IPA, shoot pool, or watch the Tour De France in the bar at Aspen Lodge with an awesome view of Long’s peak from its deck. It survived a massive landslide from a 500-year flood event in 2013, and the local owner would be grateful for your business.

> Drive to the Lily Lake Visitor Center; walk around Lily Lake, hike up Lily Mountain (9,786 ft) or hike up to the summits of Twin Sisters Peak (9,090 ft.) is often a warm-up hike, or to acclimate for other hikes in the park, such as the Keyhole on Longs Peak or Hallet Peak.


Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
19 Miles
Oskar Blues Brewery
Nearest Ferry
1018 Miles
Anacortes, Washington
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Estes Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
68 Miles
Denver, Colorado
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Peak to Peak Scenic Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Meadow Mountain Cafe
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Eldora Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Sandbeach Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.25
Cleaning Fee £89.51

We want Rusted Star Ranch to be a great fit for you, your family and friends, so if you have any questions about RSR or would like additional information about our cabin or surrounding area, please don't hesitate to contact us anytime.

We require a 3 night minimum rental for our cabin during the summer season.
CHECK-IN TIME: 3:00PM (Mountain Time)
CHECK-OUT TIME: 10:00AM (Mountain Time)
We are always happy to work with you on accommodating "early check-in" or "late check-out" if we have the flexibility to do so.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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