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Experience the Rocky Mountain High at this Indian Peaks Getaway in Ward

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

A cozy 2 bedroom home located at 9200 ft., in a small, historical mining town.

Experience being on the edge of pristine wilderness in this unique mining era town at 9200 ft. Just minutes from Brainard Lake Recreation Area, the most popular destination park on the Colorado Front range. Hike, bike, ski, snowshoe or enjoy the amazing Colorado sun on the front porch of this cozy Mountain home. Just 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, 20 minutes from the services that Nederland has to offer or drive 45 minutes to Boulder and take advantage of all this world class city has to offer. And if you’re a Cannabis Tourist, this is a great location to enjoy your experience without the fear of disapproval.

Our home features 2 bedrooms, that can accommodate up to 4 people, a bathroom with a shower, living room with dvd and wifi, a large country kitchen with everything you need to prepare your favorite foods. The house gets an incredible amount of sunshine and fresh mountain air, so you might find it hard to leave.

The home is a recently renovated mining era house. It was ordered from a Sears catalog in 1915 and was delivered to Ward on the Switzerland Trail Railway. Ward was a major contestant for the territorial seat of the Kansas territories. At one time there were over 12,000 people in the area at the pinnacle of the Gold Rush era. Now Ward has shrunk to its current population of about 200 residents with a General Store, Post Office and two restaurants, The Millsite Inn and Marrocco’s Italian Family Restaurant. Ward also boasts some of the best spring water in the world. This untreated municipal water supply comes from springs located above town in the national forest at 11,000 feet. It is one of the last municipal water supplies that is not required to chlorinate due to it’s pristine source. People come from miles around to fill their water containers at the outflow in town. The town also supports a community radio station Way High Radio that has served the populace since 1997. It’s varied, commercial free programming can be very entertaining at times. It’s also a great resource for local events.

Because we are located at 9200 ft, we strongly recommend 4wd at all times. SNOW TIRES, 4WD OR CHAINS ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE IT DOWN MODOC ST IN THE WINTER SEASON. Temperatures change quickly at this elevation so warm clothing (jackets, socks, hats) are essential at ALL times of the year. We are not exaggerating this in any way. Being at this altitude without the right clothing can be dangerous. We also recommend stocking up on food in Boulder or Nederland. The Utica Street Market is open daily in town for general supplies and it also has a to go cafe.

More Details

Crystal and Blair Wilson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

About Crystal and Blair Wilson

We are a family that loves being in nature, and spending our time together. We live 1 mile out side of Ward. We really appreciate where we live and the pristine beauty that it brings.

Crystal and Blair Wilson purchased this house in 1997

Why Crystal and Blair Wilson chose Ward

This is a special house. It has had some great memories created in it over the years. The house gets alot of sun and is off the main roads of Ward. The Town of Ward is really unique and has that small town feel that is quickly disappearing in our country. It's located in the heart of the Indian Peaks region which is some of the choicest scenery in Colorado. It's within minutes from hiking / skiing trails right on the edge of the Rocky Mountain wilderness.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Ward in the Boulder County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • there is a heavy duty curtain as the door for the bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • One bed room is on the main floor beside the living room. The second bedroom is up a steep set of stairs above the kitchen.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Experience the Rocky Mountain High at this Indian Peaks Getaway in Ward
average rating of 4.428571 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is one of the coolest places we have ever stayed, and we have traveled a lot. It is located in a very small unpretentious town on the side of hill/mountain. (You will need to be able to walk up steep stairs). The town of Ward has water flowing from a spring that is not filtered in any way. It comes gushing out, and people come from all around to fill up water jugs. It is no exaggeration for me to say that this is the BEST water I have ever had!!!! You have to get some if you are in Ward.

The house itself is super charming and so clean!!!!! We slept in the double size bed on the first floor, and it was super comfortable!!!!! The view from the front porch is spectacular!!!!

I can't say enough good things about the owners!!! We had planned to hike and camp in a tent our last night in Colorado, but after a grueling 14 mile hike a couple days before, we couldn't do that again :-) ...so we needed a place to stay at the last minute. We booked late at night online on Friday for a Saturday stay, and Crystal called me right away to confirm. Such awesome customer service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HIGHLY recommended!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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uncomfortable night in ward

  • 2 of 5

My husband and I planned to spend the new years eve weekend in ward with our 6 month old son. This was a very cold, windy weekend and when we arrived there was no electricity in the cabin. The heater was working well so we were very warm and Crystal was a very gracious, helpful host: she tried to contact us prior to arrival and also brought us candles and helped us set up the cabin. The electricity came on within a couple hours. The cabin was very clean, well decorated but old and poorly constructed. The wind made the walls shake. The stairs to the 2nd bedroom (or loft) were treacherous and unsafe. There was a skylight in the loft that wasn’t sealed properly which created a constant, resonating scream the entire night. The beds were soft and old and small. After spending a sleepless night there, we decided to go back home to Denver. Cyrstal was familiar with the skylight issue and said she would try to seal it again for us but we both agreed that we would rather forfeit the money than spend another 2 nights there. This place is overpriced for what it offers and I definitely wouldn’t stay there in the winter.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wish we could have stayed longer!!

  • 5 of 5

Great communication with the owners. Crystal called us on our way in and made sure we knew that the weather would change during our stay and she was right! We arrived in shorts and left while it was snowing! Loved the charming house and the comfy bed. Great location if you are going to Red Rocks and Rocky Mountain National Park in the same visit. Brainard Lake is close by and absolutely beautiful as well. My husband made a fire the last night and we enjoyed the cooler weather before heading home to the heat. We accidentally left behind a souvenir and Crystal offered to mail it to us. Could not be happier with the house or the owners. Lovely place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming house!

  • 4 of 5

While accessing the property was the main gripe, it didn't detract from our experience. The lack of a bathroom door could be an issue, it wasn't for my family of five as we all know each other quite well. The linens were beautiful and great quality. The upstairs was a bit tricky to navigate but we managed. Not having any phone service was challenging but the wifi worked perfectly. I loved the neighborhood dogs greeting me on the porch. Coming from Cleveland, I was really out of my element in Ward but found Nederland to be really cool town. The super easy access to Brainard Lake area was why we stayed here and it didn't disappoint! The delicious cherry pie on the counter was a nice touch! Overall, a good experience.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Everything thing you need is there.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay!! Such a cute town and a perfect getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Denver International
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Ward, Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £57.42
Refundable Damage Deposit £143.54
Pet Fee £35.88 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.99%

Our wifi internet is very reliable.

There is no cable or satellite tv.

We do not have a phone line. There is a pay phone on the front porch of the Utica Street Market and also one at The Millsite Inn. Cell Phone Access: AT&T has good service. Other providers might not work as well.

We live a couple minutes outside of town and are available for any assistance if needed. We may occasionally be on site during the day to do outdoor maintenance. (such as shoveling snow etc.)

Ward is a quirky mountain town. The house is located in Ward proper and is surrounded by other houses. Many folks moved here to get away from the masses. Interaction with locals can be a mixed bag. Most folks are friendly. Please keep your exploration of the town to the roadways. Yes, dogs do roam freely at times. They are mostly friendly.
There is no gas in Ward. Nederland has 24 hour pumps, a bank, library, health food store, grocery, restaurants, micro breweries, cannabis outlets 20 minutes away to the south on Hwy 72.

There is no public transportation in Ward.

We supply linens and towels.

Sorry, no cats.

If you are visiting us from a low altitude, be sure to drink lots of water to avoid altitude sickness. Also, if you plan to explore the wilderness, please make sure to bring hiking boots and a headlamp. We live in the Rocky Mountains. Our peaks are high, we have river crossings and rocky trails. Like in any other alpine terrain, the weather changes throughout the day. Bring both a warm jacket and a rain jacket if you plan to hike full days.

Although Cannabis has recently been regulated in Colorado, please use discretion when attempting to obtain it or use it. Many people here view these new changes as annoying due to the hype that revolves around this issue. Most people here are tolerant if not advocates, but that does not mean that everyone is weed friendly. Please be respectful. We can recommend certain stores that have integrity and good products. Feel free to inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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