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.