About Modern Alpine Cabin-Aspen/Vail
Stay in comfort in the middle of Holy Cross Wilderness. Scandinavian design meets Colorado nature. El Refugio is a one room cabin with full bed for two and extra mattresses for a couple others. Accommodates 4 inside (with sleeping bags for 4). Perfect alternative to 10th mountain huts with a huge variety of excellent skiing, hiking, and climbing just out the door. Leave No Trace style property blends the best of conservation and comfort; your LNT practices help us keep hosting awesome people.
Please remember food, water, and sleeping bag liners if you want to use our bags, wag bags (for use with the gray folding NRS toilet, located under the table), firewood/ starter (see notes below), and either your own small stove or jetboil/MSR/snowpeak fuel for the small 1-burner stove (preferable; in the kitchen bin). Pots and pans and utensils and such are available for your use. A solar shower is also available.
There is a small, very efficient wood burning stove inside the cabin for emergency and winter use (please bring 6" length logs if you'd like to use this) and there is a fire pit/ring outside (please bring 8-16" length logs if you'd like to use this) on the ledge overlooking Holy Cross City and the mountains. Check local fire bans (Eagle County and White River National Forest) before burning!
Expect to have no cell service along the way so if you're using Google Maps, we would suggest downloading the area map to your phone before taking off. A printed topo map is an excellent item for your pack as well.
There are several different routes you can take when getting to the cabin, which you will pass in this order as you go along the 703/ Homestake road and you'll see outlined in detail further below:
1. Hike in from the start of Holy Cross City Road (road 759) (3.7 miles, 39.403140, -106.443517)
2. Hike in from Fancy Pass Trailhead (~4.4 miles, 39.390546, -106.470555)
3. EASIEST ROUTE: Hike in from intersection of 727 and 759 (2.5 miles, 39.409698, -106.455588)
Note: jeep access is possible on Holy Cross City Road (road 759) with high clearance, lift and winch equipment. Winter access is via snowmobile, skis, snowshoes and is approximately 10 miles +/- from closed gate on Homestead Reservoir Road (road 703) and winter USFS trailhead. For winter the route is 703 road to 759 road and then up to Holy Cross City
1. Off highway 24, take Homestead Reservoir Road (road 703).
2. Drive about 7.8 miles and take a right onto Missouri Creek Road (road 704). Note: before Missouri Creek Road, your GPS may try to take you to the right up Holy Cross City Road (road 759). Unless you have a high clearance, off-road vehicle, we would not turn here. However, you can hike in from this point. Please check signs regarding current parking restrictions if you choose this option.
3. Drive 2.2 miles and take a right on Fancy Creek Road (road 727). Note: you'll pass Fancy Pass Trailhead which is another hiking route you can take to the cabin.
4. Drive 1.8 miles and you'll reach an opening where you can park your vehicle.
5. Head up the 759 jeep road to the cabin. Further directions and GPS coordinates provided at booking.
Winter (Nov 20 - May 20, approx, check USFS website for exact): Plan on the road being unplowed about 1/4 mile off of HWY 24, so plan on 7-7.5 miles flat (depending on where you can park) on the 703 road and then 3.5-4 miles up (depending on what quick shortcuts you are familiar with) on the Road 759 (right turn off of 703) over snow by snowmobile, snowshoes, touring skis, etc. We do our best to keep a skin/ snowshoe track up maintained but not always possible after new snow. Parking is often available at start of 703 road a little before bridge, or off of 24.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Accommodation provided: Cabin
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Weeknight discount: 40% off
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
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Wow - what an adventure! Absolutely loved our stay at the cabin. My friend and I (and two dogs) backpacked in about 2.5 miles to get to the cabin. You would need a serious off-roading rig to get the entire way. The Holy Cross Wilderness contains some absolutely beautiful back country and the entire journey is worth every step. The cabin is cozy and situated just above Holy Cross City with gorgeous mountain views as far as the eye can see. The fire pit on the ledge just outside the cabin was a perfect place to relax and wind down for the day. Endless exploration in this area! Will definitely be back.
My significant other and I had been wanting to do the Fancy Pass, Missouri Lakes Loop for some time - and we thought staying at this backcountry cabin would be the perfect mid-point for our backpacking adventure. While we ran into some misfortune on the first day of our trip, Ben's cabin not only provided us with a cozy, serene resting place, but with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and Holy Cross City. I would highly recommend this cabin to anyone wanting to explore this area and we can't wait to go back!