*Please note that the minimum night stay of 3 nights and terms I have added are not negotiable*
I have two cabins (one is a cabin and one is a tree house. Both cabins have electricity. Electric water pot, microwave, and space heater.
"The overall vibe" is peaceful and accommodating. The National Forest "trail head" is a half a mile away
This property is spectacular in many ways. The main reason I think so and say this is because it is nestled squarely between Raspberry Mountain and Harrison Mountain in the Alpine meadow at the bottom of the "box canyon" that the two mountains create together. If you look at the "Google Map" provided, you will see what I am trying to describe verbally.
There is a spring on the upper part of the property that is part of the pure "water shed" from Harrison Mountain. It runs 24-7 even on a dry year. Purest water I ever drank. What a special gift to enjoy and share.
I also love my meadow land that is "almost" rock-free and deep loamy soil that I farm and grow awesome vegetables during the summer months.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 3
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Fort Bayly's Cabin Retreat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Fort Bayly is truly a hidden gem. If I didn't have the photos, I might believe it was a dream. Dave's property is nestled within an incredible aspen grove and contains an adorable treehouse, a micro-cabin, tent sites and RV sites w/ hookups. Some highlights included: stunning views of Raspberry Mountain, beautiful bird song, and the most delicious mountain air.
The treehouse itself has a comfy Cali king bed and some thoughtful touches like a water boiler, outlets, a wood stove and firewood (though you don't need it on warm summer nights), and a reading loft. The treehouse deck was my favorite place to hang out, sip coffee, and listen to the aspen leaves quiver in the breeze.
Dave's love for his home, his adorable pups, and the structures he takes care to build is readily apparent. I'm excited to see the guest outhouse and sauna he's working on building.
While it is a decent drive from Denver, once you arrive you feel right at home; it's secluded but not isolated. The drive in from Walsenburg is beautiful and we even saw a giant brown bear on a ridge over looking the highway! Amazing.
Please be sure to clearly communicate about your arrival time with Dave since he will need to meet you at the lake near his place in order to guide you the last few minutes of the way. Thanks Dave and best of luck! :)
Fort Bayly is heaven on earth and David is one of the most gracious hosts I've encountered in all of my travels.
My girlfriend and our Great Dane, Blue, stayed 4 days / nights in the treehouse and it was absolutely phenomenal and as she classified it, "glamping". All of the amenities of home and a wonderfully comfortable bed set in a beautiful and homey treehouse up in the trees at Fort Bayly, in which David has created an alpine outdoor resort of sorts complete with a zip line!
We visited the Great Sand Dunes and Zapata Falls which were breathtaking at sunset and were only an hour's drive but most of our best time was spent exploring the forest around Fort Bayly and going for long walks. One of the most relaxing settings I've encountered and just what one needs to reset and put the important things in life into perspective.
David has pulled out all of the stops and is so thoughtful in his design, layout and all of the amenities he offers. The treehouse is absolutely incredible, the cabin is as well and the bathroom is it's own little oasis. In one of the most beautiful and hidden gem settings in Colorado, all of this was so amazing but it was David who really topped off our experience with his kindness, hospitality and friendship. He's one of a kind and we feel so lucky to call David our friend now and treasure his perspective and the experience he provides.
Fort Bayly exceeded any expectations and we will be going back to visit again soon! It's an absolute must if you're a lover of the mountains and the outdoors! 12 out of 10!!!
Fort Bayly is the idyllic getaway! It was everything I was looking for! I stayed in the treehouse cabin and it was so perfect. I loved all the small details like stain glass windows and lights to the selection of books to the twinkling lights by the spring. It was so cute and cozy inside with more room than I expected. The "outhouse" is such a nice bathroom equipped with heating and a view for spying on the deer in the mornings! But that patio! The patio/balcony was the coolest thing ever! We spent so much time sitting outside just enjoying nature. You can hike around the cabin and Great Sand Dunes National Park is relatively close by. David, as well as his friends/neighbors, are just really cool, chill guys with really interesting stories. The place is about 13 miles off of the main road so make sure you do bring in everything you need unless you plan on driving 45 min or so to town. Fort Bayly is the perfect glamping spot! I do hope to return again!