We rented a cabins for a week (this is unusual - most guests only stay a day or so) and used it as a base to see the area. Wonderful place to stay - Scott, the genial owner/manager does a good job of keeping it all going. Bonus in summer is that the place is swarming with hummingbirds - feeders are everywhere and they're not shy!
The property itself is an old stagecoach stop for the travelers going over Independence Pass, which is now closed during winter. The closed pass has made the area almost impervious to the seething entitlement and exclusion just over the mountain in Aspen and it's a wonderful place to relax, hike and sightsee without being chased out of someone's private estate or worrying that your Lear Jet isn't the latest model.
These are housekeeping cabins - we got groceries in Denver before coming up, but Leadville has a Safeway and there are stores in Buena Vista etc. The only restaurant is an inn in Twin Lakes and the general store doesn't keep a big stock of supplies so be prepared.
I took one star off because I think our cabin, one of the older ones, could use a trip to a big-box store for a better supply of cookware, towels and the like but it's not a deal-breaker. Everything was clean and in good repair. I'd go back anytime!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We began as a base camp for miners back in the heyday of Colorado's mining boom and today we are a quiet get-away nestled in National Forest at the base of Colorado's highest peak. Step out of today's hectic world into a quieter time at Mt. Elbert Lodge. We have no TVs, radios or phones in our comfortable housekeeping cabins; we do have a front row seat to the Colorado Rockies. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mount Elbert Hotel Twin Lakes