A true Colorado experience. Welcome to Ponder Acres!
This campsite for two is located in a tiny mountain community bordering thousands of acres of the Roosevelt National Forest. This magical place is the perfect mountain getaway for two friends to unplug from our fast-moving world, or for a couple who want to enjoy a romantic trip to a special place in the Rockies. Jus
A true Colorado experience. Welcome to Ponder Acres!
This campsite for two is located in a tiny mountain community bordering thousands of acres of the Roosevelt National Forest. This magical place is the perfect mountain getaway for two friends to unplug from our fast-moving world, or for a couple who want to enjoy a romantic trip to a special place in the Rockies. Just you and the inspiration of nature! The site is just a 15-20 minute drive to Estes Park and 25 minutes from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Camping at it's best. The site is nestled in the shade of ponderosa pines overlooking a seasonal mountain stream. This mountainous area once was the sacred land of a number of Native American tribes. The area is rich with wildlife. Wild turkey, black bear, mountain lion, deer, hawk, owl & bald eagles inhabit this space. You can spend days exploring the trails nearby in the adjoining Roosevelt National Forest, or make your campsite a base camp to explore one of our nation's most beautiful national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park.
Set up your tent a short walk below a charming cabin with your own dedicated use of a cozy garden level space with the essential amenities of home. In the morning the sun rises over the stream below reflecting its rays into the forest. Hummingbirds and songbirds fill the trees with their music. Start your day with a hike along the National Forest trails just steps away from your tent, or a cup of hot coffee from a perch overlooking the river valley below. Stop at the river's edge to cool off in the fresh mountain waters of the Rockies, or take a dip in the swimming hole located at the edge of the property inside the National Forest. After a long day of exploring the local sights of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, relax in the two person hammock to lazily read a book or steal a nap in the middle of the day. You'll be lulled to sleep by the sounds of a rushing stream. You'll enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Notes & Restrictions:
***HIGH FIRE DANGER - No fires or smoking (indoors or outdoors) of any kind permitted. No liquid fuel. Only camping stoves using fuel canisters are allowed.
*Strictly limited to 2 campers - both must be over the age of 21*
*No trailers or vehicles longer than 21 feet permitted*
*No pets - this is to protect the natural setting, wild animals and to keep your pet safe from wildlife*
Property bordered by ~1,000 feet of river backing to the National Forest.
Over 20 miles of easily accessed hiking trails.
Shallow swimming hole (seasonal - April through July) at the end of the property.
A campsite with a view of a pond and located 100 feet from a seasonal stream. The pond is private and off limits.
Enjoy the deck with views of the river valley any time of the day.
Read a book, steal a nap or listen to the sounds of nature from the two-person hammock set up next to the tent site.
The option to get out of the weather to enjoy indoor seating or recline on the chaise lounge for a lovely view of the outdoors.
Phone - land line for local and interstate calls.
High speed Wifi connection/internet service.
Hiking - Access some of the most open and least crowded trails in the state.
Fishing - At Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Wildlife photography - At the campsite and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Star gazing - At the campsite or inside Rocky Mountain National Park.
SUP, kayak or rent a boat at Lake Estes.
Visit America's #4 most visited national park, Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
The private trail from the property gives you access to miles of trails suitable for hiking and mountain biking.
A short 20 minute drive to Lake Estes provides you the opportunity to rent a kayak, canoe or pontoon boat from which to enjoy h...Read more
20 minutes away you'll find great fishing spots at Lake Estes.
There are places for kayaks to put in about 6 miles southeast of the property toward the town of Lyons.
Less than a 1/4 of a mile walk from the property, there are rock walls of decomposing granite located in the National Forest. C...Read more
Rocky Mountain National Park provides spectacular opportunities for back-country skiing and snowshoeing and winter camping.
There is a seasonal swimming/soaking hole located about 1/4 mile east of the host's home, just inside of Roosevelt National Par...Read more
The land hosts a variety of wildlife. Bear, deer, turkeys, eagles, hawks and a wide range of other birds are commonly spotted i...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Rocky Mountain Paradise! in Colorado.
The property at Ponder Acres ranges from 6,200 to approxiamately 6,700 feet of elevation above sea level. The mountains of the ...Read more
The altitude ranges from 6,200 feet above sea level to about 8,200 feet. Make sure to bring your sunscreen and always hike with...Read more
River, stream, or creek
The campsite is located near the edge of the Little Thomson river. Please note that in late summer and fall the Colorado stream...Read more
A short walk from the home there is a swimming hole with waterfalls above and below. Perfect for a dip after a long hike in the...Read more
During the spring into the month of July fall asleep to the gentle sounds of a mountain stream. Throughout the day it's always ...Read more
An off-street parking spot is reserved for your use.
Places to see near Paradise at Ponder Acres
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Incredible campsite & lovely host!
Viktor (and his adorable dog, Scooby) we’re incredible hosts - they welcomed us as soon as we arrived and showed us around the property. Viktor offered us coffee each morning and provided us with a list of recommendations, from hikes to restaurants to bars, etc. The campsite was perfect - clean, accessible, and right on a stream that you could fall asleep to and wake up to. Viktor also gave us access to his downstairs bathroom and refrigerator, which was clean and easy to access from the campsite. 10/10 host and experience!
Gorgeous and fun
This is a stunning space! Victor is a very friendly host who greeted us each day and was more than ready to offer suggestions about the area. I’ll dogsit for you any time Viktor!!
Great experience, highly recommend!
My partner and I stayed at Viktor’s while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. The camping area was clean, quiet and peaceful. Nice view of the mountains as well! We had access to a bathroom and shower, which was great after a long day of hikes. Viktor is a great host. He’s friendly, responds quickly, gave us helpful recommendations and made sure we were settled okay.
This HipCamp site is wonderful! Gorgeous view of the mountains! There’s a spot where you can set up a tent in the yard, and there’s also an area downstairs inside (below the house) where you can lounge, rest, hang…and it has a full bathroom with toilet, sink and shower (a luxury for my friend and me, who had been on a 2 week road trip)! Victor was kind and accommodating, he even waited up for us the night we got it to make sure we made it in safely. Friendly host, great living/camping spaces, beautiful scenery, and great amenities.
Beautiful, peaceful, and a great ho
This is a fabulous location and Viktor was wonderful. The trails nearby are easy and really beautiful. I went with a friend who isn't as enthusiastic about camping as I am and it was perfect. She really enjoyed having an indoor space and a nice bathroom and I really enjoyed the opportunity to be one with nature. Highly recommend the location and the host.
Beautiful pine retreat!
The camping site is ridiculously beautiful and perfectly set up. There’s a private trail on Viktor’s property (which is massive and serene) so you can go on a hike and be completely alone, which is lovely. The fridge and bathroom are sooo nice to have while camping and Viktor is an amazing host! Our air mattress sprung a leak so he lent us two cots to use, and even lent us a sleeping bag when ours wasn’t warm enough. Oh and his dog is really cute too. Viktor was so friendly and helpful. I can’t say enough good things about camping here! I hope to come back soon.