UPDATE; Due to a light snow season, we expect the road to be free of snow and passable for four wheel drive vehicles by June first this year. Book your trip now!
The Retreat is a modern log cabin (built in 1999) situated on ten forested acres located on Long & Derry Hill overlooking Empire Gulch in Leadville, Colorado. The cabin sleeps four comfortably plus 2 couch surfers. By back country standards, the cabin is very luxurious.
During summer months access is via ATV and 4 wheel drive vehicles along 2 mile county road. Guests (athletes and vacationers) enjoy access to many trails as well as over 100 miles of groomed trails in the winter season. The area is filled with old growth forest and a few scars on the land, the only remaining evidence of the once popular mining economy. Our southern exposure gives us sunny afternoons and a beautiful view of Mt. Hope. The area is very quiet and secluded. The few sounds you may hear are passing ATV’s and snowmobiles or dog sled teams.
The cabin features a full bathroom and kitchen including cooking utensils, modern plumbing and electricity via a cistern and a solar array and generator.
We have satellite tv and limited internet service. The cabin is heated by wood stove. Firewood will be provided for your stay. We do run a generator on the property about eight hours a day to charge the solar batteries and to do general chores.
The Retreat is located seven miles south of Leadville, on ten acres within the Paddock State Wildlife Area which is about 1300 acres. There are several 14,000+ ft peaks nearby. Mt. Sherman is the closest. There are many miles of mining, forestry and county roads both for the extreme athlete (bikers and runners) and the snowmobile or ATV enthusiast. No matter what time of year, this is a beautiful place. Fall is especially beautiful when the aspens change color!
The elevation is near 11,000 feet above sea level. Altitude sickness is not uncommon for persons from lower elevations. Due to geographic location, please be aware: “ALPINE CONDITIONS EXIST ALL YEAR LONG”! During snow season, hazards always exist under the snow. Snow can happen any day of the year. Slippery, uneven surfaces are the norm. Please come prepared with proper foot wear and trail gear.
Book your unforgettable back country adventure today!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 4
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at The Retreat at Empire Gulch
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This place was absolutely incredible to stay at. Highly recommend for anybody who loves an adventure but also enjoys the comfort of a cabin.
The camp host Lee was a huge help. Welcomed us with fresh made cookies! What a treat.
He gave us easy to follow directions and made sure there was blue marked signs on our way up. The trail was a county road and provided a wide path to follow. Aspen trees lined our way. The cabin was easy to find and a joy to be in. He greeted us upon arrival and told us the ins and outs of the cabin.
Upon arrival the cabin was in tip top shape. Very clean and cozy. They had a fire started for us and blankets out to warm up in. The cabin was stocked full of any kitchen item you may need. Extra blankets, chairs outside and inside, tiki torches on the porch, and cozy beds. The bathroom had plenty of toilet paper and towels. They brought up potable water and had cold tap water for dishes.
The property was connected to a bunch of trails and endless areas to explore. We adventured to see the beautiful sunset by a old ghost mining cabin.
Again this cabin was amazing to stay in and we will definitely be back.