Wild Skies Cabin Rentals in the Flat Tops of NW Colorado is a 3,500 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths mountain retreat in the Flat Tops near Trapper's Lake. It comes complete with radiant in floor heat, is located on the Flat Tops National Scenic Byway on County Road 8 and is surrounded on three sides by Routt National Forest which borders the Flat Top Wilderness area and the White River National Forest in Northwest Colorado. Decks overlook 1/2 mile of private river front frontage.
OUR HOME LOOKS LIKE A MAGICAL SNOW GLOBE IN THE WINTER WITH THE SNOW SOFTLY FALLING. YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT.
In the winter, the only road access takes you from the Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Airport to our place and you park 2.5 miles from the cabin and we take you in on a Snowcat or Jeep with Mattracks the last 2.5 miles. Although you can get to Mt. Werner in Steamboat Springs from our place for Alpine skiing, it would take you a 45 minute walk back to your car if you don't have a snowmobile (3 minutes on a snowmobile), and although the walk is beautiful, you then have an hours drive to Steamboat and then you have to navigate downtown Steamboat traffic to the other side of town and up the mountain to the ski resort. So we are not the right fit if you plan on skiing everyday. However, if you just want to go for a day it is totally doable and fun from our place.
We do not get pizza delivery. There are no bars or restaurants or grocery stores. We are a secluded high end ski resort type of property but NOT at the RESORT. We are for folks wanting privacy and who don't want to see other people or buildings/condos. We are great for Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, snowshoeing and playing in the snow.
Wild Skies' cabin located in the Flat Tops is the perfect mountainside retreat. With over 1/2 mile of river frontage at 8500 feet elevation and nestled in a grove of aspen and pine trees, the cabin exudes an atmosphere of rustic elegance. Most anyone that has stayed at Wild Skies' cabin, has just been awe struck by the vastness and sheer beauty of the cabin area. The vistas/the views they get to see are breathtaking. From the wildlife, the mountains, rivers and streams to the charming features of the cabin. In the summertime the wildflowers are spectacular. In the wintertime, it is peaceful and serene and an undiscovered gem for snowmobiling. Often you are the only one there snowmobiling and have access to fresh powder even days after the last snowfall.
Wild Skies' offers amazing four season recreational opportunities, comfortable accommodations, and an excellent location in the Flat Tops (1 hour from Steamboat Springs) and cabins in Craig, Colorado too!
There is 1/2 mile of private river frontage onsite for great Colorado River Cutthroat trout fishing in addition to over 500,00 acres of fly fishing paradise within a 20-40 mile radius of our cabin. Much of the wilderness area is high, gently undulating plateau. Once you're atop this plateau, a short, steep climb of about 1500 feet from most trailheads to get to great fly fishing spots. Most of the fishing lakes lie between 10,600 and 11,200 feet in elevation and have wide-open shorelines, where you can double-haul to your hearts content, often in complete solitude. Trails run to or near most lakes, but cross-country travel options are unlimited for the fly fisherman wiling to hike and explore the area.
Back Country Horseback Riding:
For those looking for a place to bring your horses or mules or rent them, look no further. Horseback riders that have assess to areas around Aspen, Vail and Steamboat say those areas cannot hold a candle to our location. From corrals onsite to several horse trails within 200 yards to 1/2 mile from our front door, the views and access to the first designated wilderness in the US and the nature beauty preserved therein are at your fingertips. Enjoy rides that only take a couple hours to ones that require 8+ hours for the dedicated back country horseback rider.
It is an ideal winter retreat for secluded snowmobiling, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing. in 2013-2014 we had over 430' of snowfall and five years ago we had over 530' of snowfall.
The cabin location is extremely snowmobile friendly and offers riding opportunities right from our front door with a covered carport at the front entrance for your snowmobiling comfort and convenience. Within a few moments, sledders can be floating through awesome powder conditions or weaving through cozy forest settings in over 230,000+ acres of terrain filled with bowls of untouched powder. It is a boondocker's paradise. One board memeber of the MN Snowmobile Association said the following: "We have snowmobiled all over the western United States and have been to numerous well known snowmobile destinations and our trip to Wild Skies Cabin in 2015 was our best trip yet. Loads of powder fresh snow, endless terrain and no one else in sight. We had the entire place to ourselves."
Our snowmobile guests, even professional snowmobilers from those over the top extreme snowmobiling dvds that live just over an hour or two away, say they had no idea our part of Colorado even existed for snowmobiling. Views of Steamboat Springs, Ski Resort can be seen just a few miles from our cabin and snowmobilers love snowmobiling the powder meadows/bowls and finding those great steeps. We are just far enough away that locals usually don't bother coming our way. However, we are easy enough to find and worth the extra 1 hour drive to avoid the crowds and find the fresh powder and immerse yourself in the views of untouched wilderness while being able to snowmobile hundreds of thousands of acres of national forests without snowmobile restrictions. Snowmobile rentals are available from local companies.
Local mountains rise to 12,500 feet, providing exceptional photo opportunities and first class powder conditions in an alpine setting for all types of snowmobiles and snowmobiling. Adjacent hills offer great bowls and with average snowfalls of 20-25 feet or more, snowmobilers are roaming area mountaintops well into May. If you like having thousand of acres to yourself-this is your cabin.
Located in the heart of the largest elk herd in the world at 42,000+ elk with a cow to bull ratio of 4:1 which is exception for an area that offers over the counter elk licenses and often has leftover bull and cow licenses for almost all the rifle seasons.
The mule deer are great and an early rifle season is also offered in our Game Management Unit 12 (GMU 12).
We are also just a few miles from GMU 231 where unlimited over the counter archery elk licenses can be purchased.
We are the only secluded cabin rental for a 20-50 mile radius depending on which direction and we are the only cabin rental for a 15-45 mile radius depending on which direction you travel. This is especially important during rifle season 4 (Nov 13-18 or so) as temperatures as night can reach to zero and a wall tent or pop-up camper isn't going to provide the heat you need. As a result our area is mostly abandoned for hunting during rifle 4 as very few folks endure those nightly temperatures. This virtually assures you a nice area to hunt without the added hunting pressure seen in other areas and other seasons.
BedroomsBedroom 1 Main Floor Master
queen · bunk bed
Master suite/full bath-individual thermostat control
Second level with balcony/deck overlooking river & Mtn Pass
queen · twin/ single
Balcony/deck overlooking river and Mountain Pass
All bedrooms have individual thermostat controls for radiant in floor heat settings. All are fully furnished with linens. The living room has a queen sleeper sofa.
toilet, combination tub/shower
toilet, powder room off main level entranceway
Only Hand soap and linens are provided. Please bring your own personal hygiene items.
stainless steel freezer on bottom-no ice maker.,
6 burner with oven,
second oven in island,
Some basic may be on hand such as salt and pepper and a roll of paper towels, but you should come prepared with extras or other items like ziplock bags and extra towels/napkins, specialty spices etc.,
Dishes & Utensils
all pots/pans/dishes/utensils, coffee makers, toasters etc. supplied.,
High end soft close cabinets and granite countertops, island with breakfast counter. Views of mountains and under cabinet countertop lighting.
Open windows-no central air; however, our mountain location cools nicely.,
Radiant in floor heat throughout with 7 zones (each bedroom has its own zone) for maximum comfort.,
Please DO NOT bring your own we provide top quality-brand new from towels to sheets to bedspreads and pillows.,
We do not provide any soap/fabric softener.,
Ample for horse trailers or large trucks to be able to turn-around onsite.,
Porte Cochere (covered roof at front entrance to protect from rain and snow-unless coming in sideways).,
Satellite Internet-no streaming videos,
Yes-more than you will ever need-extra large bath sized towels.,
One main level with fireplace and one lower level with rec room
Other Amenities Internet,
Washer & Dryer,
Satellite or Cable,
Satellite / Cable
Extensive collection on each level from outdoor topics to New York Best Seller fiction novels.,
Air Hockey Table, Foosball Table,
Foosball, air hockey, poker set, large game table and puzzles, chess, backgamon, dominos and board games for all ages.,
Plenty for ages 6 and under, including baby swing, booster seat and playpen.,
Mostly children Disney movies with a snowmobile video and few PG/R adult movies.
Two bedrooms have balconies overlooking the river.,
Kayak / Canoe
Rentals are available at Trappers Lake,
We do not supply mountain bikes, but our area is a great area for mountain biking.,
Deck / Patio
3 levels of deck and an outdoor patio area.,
Ski & Snowboard
Great onsite sledding-need to bring your own. Just 1 hour from Steamboat Springs or stay in our area and snowshoeing and Nordic/cross country skiing but you must rent or bring your own-not supplied.
NotesRide-in-ride-out snowmobiling, back country horseback riding with corrals onsite and either bring your own horses or rent them from a nearby ranch. Guided horse back trips available at a location just 1/2 mile away. Fly Fishing lessons, horse rental and private chef also available for an additional fees.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable damage deposit
Rates are for groups 7 people or less, for more than 8 people call for rates. Non-holiday & non hunting season rates for 6 days or more are $500 a night plus tax (for groups 7 people or less). Weekend (Fri-Sun) nightly rate is $550 plus tax for <7 people. Hunting Season is $2000 per person plus tax. Cleaning fees may apply. May consider stays of 2 nights-call us to see if we can arrange it.