NOTE: March 2020: The sites are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. To be clear, this is glamping and not high on the luxury scale. There are wild animals and mice that we cannot control, including a very active bear or two. The cabin is cleaned after every guest, and we do a walk-through before the next guest within 24-48 hours of arrival. If you find evidence
NOTE: March 2020: The sites are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. To be clear, this is glamping and not high on the luxury scale. There are wild animals and mice that we cannot control, including a very active bear or two. The cabin is cleaned after every guest, and we do a walk-through before the next guest within 24-48 hours of arrival. If you find evidence that a mouse has been there since our walk-through, call and we will address the problem if you want. If you see trash, let us know immediately to prevent bears from getting to it.
Some things are out of our control. We want you to be happy and part of that entails clear expectations;-)
This studio overlooking Pike National Forest is glass on all sides and surrounded by glorious mountains and skies that go on forever - perfect for Glamping!
The small cabin is suitable for 2 adults. One queen air bed is provided and a queen size futon. NOTE: If you have back problems, this may not be a comfortable bed for you.
There is an outdoor kitchen with gas grill and cooktop. A cooler is available on site. There is currently a small refrigerator in the cabin hooked up to electric, but the breaker trips when there is a storm. Bring ice in case that happens are we are not here.
Two 5-gallon bottles of water are provided with access to a hose for more as needed.
All bedding, dishes, condiments, etc. are provided.
A portable camping toilet may be used indoors or outdoors - your preference. The solar shower is outdoor only and connected to the hose.
Well-behaved and safe pets are welcome with a non-refundable pet deposit for extra cleaning time - cats are welcome! Please message me about your pet to get details about submitting the $25 cleaning fee - it is not included in Hipcamp price.
There are no steps or handrail. The walk is only 100 feet but steep and rocky.
NOTE: We usually need 24 hours between reservations, but you can ask and we will accommodate if possible.
No Friday checkout or Saturday check-ins as it does not allow guests to enjoy the full weekend. YOU MUST ARRIVE BEFORE DARK IN THE WINTER TO GET TO THE CABIN SAFELY
Quiet hours 10 PM - 8 AM
Check-in - after 4 PM Check- out - 11 AM
Pet Deposit - Due before arrival
Reservations may be cancelled without penalty due to inclement weather. We will notify you if conditions are dangerous or forecasted to become dangerous before you date of arrival.
There are a lot of outdoor activities in the area: parks, Wellington Lake, Pike National Forest, Guanalla Pass, Hoosier Pass, Evergreen, Mt. Evans and Echo Lake, trails, hiking, biking, climbing - you name it.
There are trailheads and backcountry skiing within 30-45 minutes. Geneva Basin and Wolf Creek are two you might check out.
The South Platte runs just below the cabin. You can't see the water, but the sound is mesmerizing. Skilled hikers can hike down from the cabin to the river and follow it in either direction. The forest is across the river, but there is not bridge.
Sanctuary in the Sky (SIS) is a project sponsored by Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary to generate income for the nonprofit cat sanctuary that is on site.
Guests may visit the cat sanctuary during your stay. If you are interested, let us know and we will plan a visit. There are only 10 cats on site and all have special needs.
FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH MOUNTAIN LIFE
The sun here is really hot - use sunscreen and appropriate clothing. Sunglasses are also helpful, even in the winter. It gets cold at night, so layering your clothes is recommended.
The cabin is all light, all the time. It gets hot really quickly in the morning. Keep windows cracked only an inch or so at night to allow some airflow but prevent problems with wildlife.
During the day, you can keep windows open while you are there, but close except an inch or so when away.
The wind can become very strong at times. Be careful not to leave things on the deck or outside.
Deer are all around and often near or on the road, especially early morning and late afternoon. Drive carefully and be prepared to stop and wait if necessary. People often flash their headlights to signal deer ahead.
Don’t feed or pet them, please. If you find a fawn, just leave it there - mom is usually nearby looking for food.
Also, we often have afternoon thunderstorms, sometimes with hail. They are usually pretty brief, but can be extreme and wash out dirt and gravel roads or hillsides.
Be very careful when driving on the these roads after a storm in case of a landslide - same for walking the path to the cabin.
The higher elevation may cause symptoms of altitude sickness. These include headache, extreme fatigue/sleepiness, nausea and dizziness.
You can buy small canisters of oxygen at convenience stores to use as needed. Drinking Gatorade and water helps prevent or relieve symptoms.
You will see evidence of a fire and clean-up as you arrive at the cabin. Please avoid those areas and excuse our mess. We will be rebuilding in summer 2019, hopefully.
HOUSE RULES AND INFORMATION
The cabin was just remodeled and we would like your help to keep it in good condition. Please take precautions and leave it as you find it.
WILDLIFE AND TRASH
PLEASE DO NOT leave food or trash outside or in your car - bears will tear the door off your car to get to food. They will come on the deck looking for food, including bird seed - take all precautions.
No trash outside the cabin - ever. Tie up the bag inside the cabin if necessary to keep flies away.
PLEASE DO NOT put any trash in our large sanitation company trash bins. Trash pick up is Tuesday and trash cannot be left out until that time. Bears and raccoons will drag the trash all over the mountainside.
Wildlife and predators are all around, and particularly risky at dawn and dusk. All pets should be leashed and in your sight at all times. Go out in pairs, and take a flashlight with your after dark.
BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT
All trash and laundry should be left in the bags labeled accordingly. Please tie the bags up and leave inside.
Dirty dishes should be left in the large basin marked for dishes. PLEASE RINSE DISHES AFTER YOU USE THEM.
USING THE PORTAPOTTY (IMPORTANT)
PUT TOILET PAPER AND OTHER TRASH IN THE PAIL, NOT THE PORTAPOTTY. Tie up the trash bag from the pail tightly when you leave and leave it inside the cabin with other trash.
PUMP ONCE TO FLUSH after using the toilet.
**DO NOT POUR ANYTHING IN THE PORTAPOTTY**
Solar shower bags are ready for use. You may refill them using the water from the hose. Soap and hand sanitizer are near the porta-potty.
Towels and washcloths are in sight - please leave them in the laundry bag with dirty sheets and dish towels.
Games and books are on the bottom shelf under the water dispenser. Extra batteries and trash bags are also on that shelf.
KIDS AND PETS
SIS in not suitable for young children.
Pets are allowed with $25 non-refundable pet deposit for extra cleaning time. Please pick up any dog waste and dispose of it properly.
There are plastic grocery bags in the plastic bin under the water dispenser for this purpose. Dispose of that tightly secured bag in the pail by the toilet.
The beds in the cabin are an air mattress and futon. Please keep pets off the beds to prevent punctures to the mattress.
FIRE AND HUNTING
NO FIRES DURING FIRE BANS. This includes smoking, charcoal grills, candles and campfires. We have a chimenea that may be used when it is safe to do so. We reserve the right to impose a fire ban if conditions are dangerous even if the county does not have a fire ban.
NO WEAPONS OR FIREWORKS.
NO HUNTING ALLOWED.
This is strictly enforced and you will be escorted off the property if any of these are violated.
No parties or events, please.
In Colorado marijuana is legal. Using marijuana and drinking are acceptable, but NO SMOKING INCLUDING VAPING INSIDE.
Please use responsibly and do not drive while intoxicated.
The cabin is on a mountain outcropping - please be careful on the deck and entering/exiting the property.
The trek up and down is challenging, especially when hauling things.
TRAFFIC ON WEEKENDS
Between late May and early December, traffic coming up the mountain on Friday after 3 PM is very difficult, especially on holidays. The same is true going down the mountain on Sunday. Try to plan your trip to be out of Denver by 2PM when arriving on a Friday, if possible.
OUR HOME AND PETS
Pet(s) live on the property. We have a friendly Great Dane named Lincoln and several cats that live in the RV which is a temporary cat sanctuary. The cats should not be out except with supervision in the catio and Lincoln is not allowed in the camping area.
We do not have wifi or cable here. Cell coverage is not usually available.
We lost our home in a fire, so you may see evidence of that around the property. The cabin was untouched, thankfully. We currently live off site two doors down, only ⅛ mile away should you need us.
The cat sanctuary is temporarily in the RV on site - please do not open the gate there.
The dome for our new home has been built but construction inside continues. During active construction outdoors, the cabin will not be available.
Please avoid this area as there may be equipment, tools and trash on site.
WINTER SEASON: In the winter the only heat is a space heater that will keep the cabin at about 60 degrees. The bottles of water need to stay inside to prevent freezing, as well as the portable toilet.
If there is snow or ice, a 4-wheel drive will be required to get to the site and the walk down to the cabin will be very difficult - wear appropriate shoes and cleats!
Enjoy your stay!
LuAnn and Chris
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 80%
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Our stay at Sanctuary in the sky was an experience to remember . The view was absolutely breathtaking. We spent a week in CO, but really wanted a full mountain experience for part of the vacation so my bf and I spent 3 nights in the cabin on Bailey mountain and we sure got the experience we wanted. The cabin was larger than pictured and the hosts provided all the essentials for a comfortable stay. They responded quickly if we had any questions and were very accommodating.
Best view in colorado!
The best view in Colorado! The stars at night are the highlight of the stay. The cabin is basic but has everything you need. The water bags for showers was a very appreciated addition. Also a hose for rinsing things off. Good facilities for grilling. There is a fridge. There is a portable toilet. The cabin is clean and has plenty of dishes, blankets and towels. It is very quiet and peaceful at night (except for some bear and mountain lion noises!). The hosts are friendly and helpful. We would stay here again! I dont think you could find anything better this close to Denver.
We absolutely loved our stay at Sanctuary in the Sky. The cabin is beautiful and the view is gorgeous! We came for the weekend with our dog and we all had a great time. The cabin is the perfect place to relax! The cooking and outdoor shower set up was awesome. I would 100% recommend visiting!
Serenity and peace. You'll appreciate the area. Very close drive to multiple landmarks and trails. I felt very safe and was traveling as a single woman. This sanctuary is just that, a sanctuary in the sky. Stunning, breathtaking. I'll definitely suggest this stay to anyone. I'll be back!!
Truly, the best afternoon nap ever
This whole experience was remarkable! From start to finish, Christian and LuAnn made us feel completely at home. They made sure we were warm enough and Christian was kind enough to spend part of his evening explaining the dome house and other property details to us. If you get a chance, as him to show it off! The future is here, and it's on this property. And the views are PHENOMENAL! We're definitely coming back. If you're around in the afternoon, a nap in the sunshine coming in through all the windows is absolute heaven.