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

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 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

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017

About Owner/Manager

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.

Owner/Manager purchased this house in 1997

Why Owner/Manager chose Front Range Colorado

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:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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 21 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: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

Cozy little house in a great location.

  • 4 of 5

We drove out to Ward from Denver for a short "off the grid" retreat and some hiking in the mountains. The trip started with a greeting from the neighbors as soon as we stepped out of the car, we felt so welcomed in their tiny community! They gave us some information on the little village (check out the art gallery), advice on hiking around Brainard Lake (there was still snow when we were there), and explained the roaming dog situation (Ward has no leash law so friendly dogs live freely).

The house is exactly as described in the profile- charming, immaculate, and well stocked. We enjoyed the quiet of porch sitting, gazing at the forest, and watching the humming birds. It was nice to cook our own meals, although if we go back we'll definitely try Marrocco's for Italian food!

I highly recommend this location for couples or close friends/family who are accustomed to sharing space. The bathroom curtain was fine for us, but might be less comfortable for other guests. In addition, the sleeping areas allow one to hear the activities of the kitchen. If guests have very different sleeping patterns, this would be something to consider.

Overall a wonderful property and very responsive hosts!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stewartstown, PA

Relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is perfect! So comfortable and clean! Loved all of the neighborhood dogs too! We had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jill! We really try and provide a comfortable space in our quirky little town. Glad you enjoyed the local dogs. They can be great company. Hope you consider returning some day. Blair
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Cozy house

  • 5 of 5

Crystal was very helpful and provided sufficient instructions to get to the house.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great mountain getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great time staying at the house in Ward. It was far away enough from city-life to feel like a real getaway, but not so far away that we couldn't get the things we needed. The house is exactly is pictured and fit our needs. The only difficult portions was the steep stairs leading up to the house, but there are only a few. Also, if you come stay, follow the directions your host provides and print them beforehand! We did not do this, lost GPS signal and had a really difficult time finding the house. Thankfully, some of the neighbors were very helpful and got us to where we needed to be. Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not recommended

  • 1 of 5

I am sorry to say I would not recommend this property. From the gravel road with large ruts, the unsafe front steps, the bathroom without a door or electrical outlet, steep ladder-type stairs to the upstairs bedroom, and plug strip in the downstairs bedroom that provided the only outlet for that room, this house was a disappointment. I would question the safety of the residence because of these conditions. The one positive aspect is that the house was clean. The price seemed high for the condition of the house. For that, we could have stayed at a local motel. Had we not used VRBO in the past, this would be our only rental through this site.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Leisa, I’m sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay. The quality of our guests experience is very important to us. The house is located at 9200 ft on a dirt road as mentioned in our description, 4 wheel drive is recommended. There are 12 functional and safe steps leading up to the house and a steep stairway up to the upstairs bedroom in the house and depending on individual's physical condition these may be an issue. There are pictures of the indoor stairway posted on the listing. We do have plans for remodeling both of these stairways. This is a historic old house and because of this there are less convenient outlets, however it also sounds as though you may have missed outlets that were available in the downstairs bedroom and bathroom. As for the safety of the electrical system, the house has been updated to a 200 amp breaker system. Due to the unique layout of the house we do have a thick curtain used for a bathroom door, this is because a normal door is an obstacle for this location. We have considered replacing the curtain with a folding door. We are committed on keeping our rates fair and we feel guests are receiving a clean cozy 2 bedroom fully furnished mountain home at a similar rate to a motel. Sincerely, Crystal
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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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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 £61.42
Refundable Damage Deposit £153.54
Pet Fee £38.39
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.
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