Welcome to the Mount Evans Basecamp – a large stunning solar house in the center of everything! This beautiful modern home is situated on the top of a mountainside with views of the Continental Divide and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a wrap-around deck with breathtaking panoramic views outside and three large bedrooms with an open floor plan inside.
The first floor features a modern kitchen and an open dinning room and living room area with a wood-burning stove. There’s more than enough seating in this space for you and your guests to enjoy the views from the wall of large south and westward facing windows. There is a large storage closet for outdoor gear, ski equipment and coats. The master suite is located on this floor, as well as a half bathroom with a washer/dryer unit.
The second floor features two large, tastefully decorated bedrooms. Between the two rooms, you’ll find a comfortable pullout couch and a television with a DVD and Xbox player. There’s a full bathroom located on this level, as well.
The master suite is located on the first floor. It features a large bathroom with a two person tiled shower, two large windows facing south and east and a king sized bed and a large dresser for clothing storage. There’s also a flat screen television with a built in DVD player. Please note, the closet is locked in this bedroom, but there is plenty of room for clothing storage in the large dresser.
The second bedroom features a plush double bed, a large east-facing window with woodland and mountain views, a table for writing, a privacy screen for luggage and hanged clothing and a built in dresser for clothing storage. Please note, the closet is locked in this bedroom, but there is plenty of space for clothing storage within the room. This bedroom has a large vaulted ceiling.
The third bedroom features a comfortable queen sized bed with plush bedding, a large closet for clothing storage, a large west-facing window with mountain views is featured here, as well. Enjoy a large selection of novels and books about world travel collected by the owners. This bedroom has a large vaulted ceiling.
1 half bathroom on the first floor
1 full bathroom with large granite tile shower in the master suite, 1 full bathroom with shower/tub on the second floor.
Bathrooms are equipped with towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, and facial tissue.
About solar living: We rely on the energy of the sun to heat and power the home. While it’s different than on-the-grid living, it’s surprisingly simple to maintain and enjoy. There are a few things to be aware of, but it won’t greatly impact your stay. In the winter months, guests may want to light a fire in the wood stove at night, but during the day you’ll stay toasty warm thanks to great insulation and radiant floor heating. The dishwasher and washer/dryer should only run during daylight hours in order to maximize energy. Please note that the use of hairdryers, space heaters, microwaves, toaster and high wattage appliances cannot be used. Laptop computers and the like, are a-okay, but you won’t want to use these once you see this view. That's about it. If the house does not have enough solar power, a back-up generator will automatically turn on to help power the home. Pretty easy!
The water, stove and radiant floor heating runs on propane. You will have more than enough hot water for showers each day thanks to the tankless system.
Everything is within reach here at the Basecamp. That's why we call it the Mount Evans Basecamp, after all. Here are a few ideas of what to do while you're here. You'll find a guest book with more options upon your arrival.
•Denver is a beautiful 40 minutes drive down I-70.
•Skiing and snow adventuring: Vail Resort is one hour ten minutes away, Breckenridge is one hour away, Loveland (Fantastic and affordable! Where the locals ski) is a short 25-30 minute drive, and Winter Park is just 30 minutes away.
•Echo Lake on Mount Evans is a beautiful 25 minute drive where you and your group can hike and take-in the beautiful mountain setting in the summer or ice skate and sled in the winter.
•Take a river or lake fishing trip just a few minutes from the house.
•Enjoy mountain bike trail riding or running from your front door.
•Try-out a white water rafting trip down clear creek in the town of Idaho Springs – a quick ten minute drive from the home or a 20 minute mountain bike ride from the house.
•The home is located between Idaho Springs and Georgetown - two interesting towns with roots in the mining industry with many attractions and things to explore.
•Need a rest from all of that adventuring? Spend a day at Indian Hot Springs or one of the many hot springs nearby.
•Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is 30 minutes away.
Ski and outdoor adventuring gear can be rented in the town of Idaho Springs - just a short 10 minute drive away. Cheap lift tickets are also available.
Last but not least, we highly recommend renting an all-wheel drive or four wheel drive vehicle. It's part of mountain living. The road leading to the home is unpaved and up a bit of a grade. The final ascent to the house is also a bit steep - even in the summer months, so please consider this when planning your trip.
SKIERS - If you're bringing your own skis make sure your rental vehicle has a luggage rack. We can arrange to let you borrow our ski rack if we have some advance notice. Our rack will hold up to 3 pairs of skis. We also have ratchet straps if you'd like to strapping your ski bag to the top of your rental vehicle. We're a big fan of skiing and want to make sure to help you out with this endeavor. :)
Please feel free to contact us regarding any other questions. We try to respond within 24 hours of receiving inquiries.