Welcome to our spacious, yet oh-so-cozy, mountain home, affectionally named “Mountain Mama's House." Enjoy stunning views of Arapaho National Forest while listening to the babbling waters of Chicago Creek. You'll feel tucked away in the mountains while having easy access to downtown Idaho Springs, which is a mere 4-minute drive from the home. The main floor offers an open concept, eat-in kitchen perfect for enjoying meals with family and friends. The kitchen is exceptionally well-stocked (Cuisinart coffee maker, 4-slice toaster, microwave, blender, and a crockpot to boot!). After meals, spill into the living room to read a book, play a game, or watch a movie or sporting event on the TV. There are two bedrooms with a shared full bath upstairs. And, there are two bedrooms with a shared full bath downstairs. This home's floor plan is perfect for larger families, multi-families, wedding parties, and small company/corporate retreats.
Don’t want to be inside? Perfect! The private wraparound deck offers an outdoor living space for drinking your morning coffee, enjoying mealtime outside, or enjoying a glass of wine or local craft beer after a full day of exploring. Imagine sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs, eyes closed, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and listening to the birds.
This home is located in Idaho Springs, where gold was first discovered in CO in 1859. Downtown retains much of its old, wild west charm, honoring its rich mining heritage with carefully preserved museums and historic sites, including Argo Gold Mine and Mill. Miner Street, lined with fabulous local restaurants / breweries, locally-owned boutiques, and specialty shops is a 5-minute drive from the home. Idaho Springs is a small town with big personality, including mine tours, rafting trips, zip lining, hiking, Indian Hot Springs, family parks and more…
Did you see the list of attractions and things to do nearby (see below)? You will absolutely love it here!
SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS (Sleeps 8):
(upstairs has 2 bedrooms w/ a shared en suite bath)
First Bedroom: Queen bed, upper deck access
Second Bedroom: Queen bed PLUS trundle bed with 2 twins
(downstairs has 2 bedrooms that share a full bath)
Third Bedroom: Queen bed, TV
Fourth Bedroom: 2 Twin beds
-Gas fireplace in family room
-Fresh linens & towels provided
-Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel provided
-Small coffee station provided (standard coffee pot)
-Free parking on premises
-Denver Airport, Via I-76W: 62 miles
-Historic Downtown Idaho Springs: 4 mins
-Blackstone Rivers Ranch: 5 mins
-Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel: 6 mins
-Indian Hot Springs: 7 mins
-Tommyknocker Brewery: 4 mins
-Westbound & Down Brewery: 5 mins
-Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza: 5 mins (hearty mountain pies with homemade crust; PRO TIP: dip your extra crust in local honey - Mmmmm!)
-AVA Rafting & Zipline: 2 mins
-Clear Creek Rafting Co: 9 mins
-Georgetown & Loop Railroad: 18 mins
-Guenella Pass (Georgetown side): 18 mins
-St. Mary’s Glacier: 26 mins
-Blackhawk Casinos: 24 mins
-Boettcher Mansion & Buffalo Bill’s Grave: 27 mins
-Dinosaur Ridge: 25 mins
-Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre: 26 mins
-Bandimere Speedway: 30 mins
-Coors Brewery Tour: 35 mins
-Loveland Ski Area: 28 mins
-Arapahoe Basin: 39 mins
-Winter Park: 48 mins
-Breckenridge: 57 mins
-Vail: 1 hr, 7 mins
HIKING TRAILS NEARBY:
-Charlie Taylor Water Wheel & Bridal Veil Falls (Stagecoach Trailhead): 4 mins
-Doghead Rail Bridge: 10 mins
-Genesee Park (buffalo & elk herds): 19 mins
-Saddleback Mountain: 19 mins
-Chief Mountain Trail: 33 mins
-Mt. Evans (a 14’er!) & Summit Lake Park: 57 mins (and well worth the drive)
While the property is on a School Bus Route / County-maintained and plowed roadway, during the winter months it may be advisable to have a 4WD vehicle.
Maximum occupancy: 8 - children must be counted in the max. occupancy unless they are under two (2) & are sleeping in a portable crib* (not provided). Our permit allows for a max of 4 cars to park in the driveway. Tenant stated on Agreement/Booking must be at least twenty-five (25) years-old and acknowledges that they will occupy the Property during the entire tenancy.
No smoking in the home. / No pets. / No parties or events without prior written approval.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
* Traveling with young children? Ask us about BabyStay Rentals, our partner who can set up the home with the basics you may need like a crib, high chair, stroller, and even toys! Need a car seat? BabyStay can meet you at the airport. Use coupon code "ITRIP10" to receive 10% off when you reserve with BabyStay.
In the event that you must cancel your reservation, please be aware that cancellations must occur at least 30 days prior to arrival date. If cancellation occurs 30 days or more prior to arrival date all monies will be refunded with the exception of a $100 administrative fee. GUESTS THAT DO NOT CANCEL WITHIN THE 30-DAY TIME FRAME WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL AMOUNT. Travel Insurance is recommended, especially when traveling in the winter in CO.
Hi Dan, thanks for staying at Mountain Mama's House. We are thrilled you enjoyed the space. We agree - the wrap around deck is pretty awesome. We'd love to host you again sometime. Take care.
Hi Molly, thanks for your great review! We are thrilled you enjoyed the home. Come back soon! The view out the windows is beautiful in all seasons. ; )
Hi Diane, thanks for your kind review. We are thrilled you enjoyed Mountain Mama's House for your family, gathering by the fireplace during 2019's first snowfall. We'd love to host you again in the future. : )
Hi Patti and Kevin, thanks for your lovely review. We hope you had the most amazing time celebrating your anniversary! We would be honored to host you again in the future.
Hi Beth, thanks for your review! We are thrilled you enjoyed Mountain Mama's House. We agree that the huge kitchen and wrap around deck are wonderful to have, especially for larger groups. We hope you will consider staying with us again. Until next time!
Hi Bobby, thanks for staying at Mountain Mama's House. We appreciate you treating the home with respect and for reaching out when you needed us. We hope you will consider staying with us again when you have friends flying in from other parts of the country. We hope you have many fond memories from your visit.
Hi Michael, thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear that this was your experience as we strive to provide 5-star accommodations and hospitality to all our guests. Upon review of our guest correspondence log, we do not see any replies from you after we reached out accommodating your request for early checkin and subsequent follow-up to see if you had any questions or needed anything related to your stay. We are glad you found the guestbook with house rules, area recommendations and our contact info, which is always right inside the door on the kitchen counter upon arrival. As stated in the listing, the home does not have A/C. Most mountain homes do not, especially since you are at an elevation of 7500+ above sea level in that area. The advantage of the two bedrooms that are located below ground level is that they are inherently cooler than the bedrooms on the third floor. There are also ceiling fans in those rooms. Many of our guests enjoy the mountain breezes that can be felt when opening the windows throughout the home. You are correct - the home is in a wonderful location for accessing all the area has to offer including the mountains (Mt Evans & St. Mary's Glacier), downtown Idaho Springs, and many other charming mountain towns located along I-70.
Hi David, thanks for your review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed Mountain Mama's House. We agree - the location is awesome, and the wrap around deck creates an outdoor living space that is super relaxing. We would love to host you again in the future.
Thanks for your review. We are glad this home met the needs of your families, including the spacious floor plan and the respite of its location. The chalk art in the driveway spoke to the memories we hope were plentiful while staying at Mountain Mama's House. Thanks for being respectful of the home - you left it in great shape. We'd love to host you again in the future.
Hi Jaime, thanks for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Mountain Mama's House. Agreed - it is such a great location for launching off for all kinds of outdoor activities like white water rafting. We hope it was amazing!
We are so glad that you loved Mountain Mama's House. We spent a lot of time making sure the home is set up for families to relax and reconnect. You're feedback is so valuable - thank you! We hope we'll have the pleasure of hosting your family again in the future.