We stayed June 15th-21st. The house had everything we could possibly need & then some! The beds were very comfortable! The house was located in a quiet neighborhood, with neighbors on both sides & in front of the house, with trees surrounding both sides & the back of the property being open all the way to the creek, it felt fairly secluded. We saw a bull moose at least 5x just up the road from the house. The walk to the creek was wet, but easy (bring rubber boots) the creek was flowing like crazy - you could hear it from the house, it was beautiful.
We explored the Idaho Springs area quite a bit.
*Mt. Evans right outside of town - it was BEAUTIFUL, you could drive all the way up to the summit, $15/vehicle good for 3 days, cold & lots of snow when we were there but we loved it & saw a lot of wildlife, the lake was breathtaking
*St. Mary's Glacier was BEAUTIFUL! The parking lot is about 8 min from the house - $10 to park. It's a very rocky hike, but pretty easy. It took us about 45 min to complete the hike with 2-3 rest breaks. My 4 yr old completed the hike w/o difficulty
*Loch Lomond - we attempted this trail our last night as a last minute decision (not smart on our part) We drove as far as we could - the gate is locked until mid July due to weather, we attempted to hike the remaining 1.8 miles to the lake but were unsuccessful due to the amount of snow - we made it about 1.2 miles :( , it was up to my waist in a few areas, just wasn't doable with a 4 yr old. The pictures of it look amazing, so I recommend it if you have the proper attire or if you are there later
*Georgetown - 10 min from Idaho Springs - we rode the Loop Train, kind of $$ - $26/adult $20/child the ride lasts about 75 min - 4 yr old loved it, adults weren't sure if it was worth the cost or not. There is an awesome park in Georgetown. We also went up the Guanella Pass and to Clear Lake - another BEAUTIFUL spot with trails
*Beau Jo's - their mountain pie pizzas were AMAZING! Tommy Knockers was pretty good as well!
*Pikes Peak - took us about 2 hours to get there, it wasn't my favorite, we went on a Sunday and it was packed. It was also the most expensive at $15 per adult
*Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park - about 1.5 hours away, but so worth it! We saw a bear and 2 cubs, 10+ moose, 100+ elk; very beautiful place
We had an amazing time, the house was a cozy place to come home to after our adventures!