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Gondola Village

· Red Cliff, Eagle, Colorado
3 acres hosted by Holy Cross R.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Gondola Village Holy Cross (fka Holy Cross Refugio), is a little sanctuary in the mountains. There is little nearby except for wilderness, with a lifetime worth of trails, lakes, and peaks to explore only two hours from Denver. We have access that few dream of to Colorado's water wilderness, and some of the best backcountry skiing, hiking, scrambling, and fly fishing in the Summit Vail Eagle Aspen area. Holy Cross City once housed hundreds, but that was over a century ago. The boom came and went, leaving behind just stories. Now you can add your own story to this beautiful place in one of the cutest cabins you’ve ever seen. Gondola Village Holy Cross is at 11.5k elevation (believed to be the highest altitude Hipcamp in the world). The property has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Reclaimed and the site of many product shoots. The managers of this property work in the ADU and cabin industry and have brought together some of the best Scandinavian and modern design with a mining town aesthetic. The trip up can be challenging (only off-road equipped vehicles dare try the 759 road), but the views and shelter are well worth the trek. Snow free season tends to be June 15 an October 30 annually outside this please be prepared for up to 11 miles of over-snow travel with no cars allowed (a bit less depending on snow coverage in the shoulder seasons from May 21 - early June and late October - November 20)
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River, stream, or creek
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Red Cliff, Eagle, Colorado, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Holy Cross R.Joined in August 2015
141 ratings · 99 reviews
Josie P.recommends
July 24, 2023
Little Blue Gondola Cabin
We had a wonderful time at cabin 2! The host was super helpful with directions to the cabin, answering any of our questions, and even gifted us a welcome drink when we got to the cabin. We especially loved the view from the campfire spot and Cleveland Lake nearby! We will definitely be staying at this cabin again!!
Christin R.recommends
July 18, 2023
Little Blue Gondola Cabin
This was the most charming little cabin/setting! We stayed in the newer cabin (first guests!) and it was modern, gorgeous views, and thoughtfully decorated. Ben was there working on the property and was the most gracious host. The hike up was fairly easy and stream crossing refreshing and fun. Note that most of the hike up is on a jeep road which is kind of a bummer, but not a huge deal. We are excited to go back without our baby so we can really explore the area!
Lisa C.recommends
July 12, 2023
Little Blue Gondola Cabin
This was the best Hipcamp adventure I have been on yet! We had recently gotten off of a cruise and this was a very welcome change with NO PEOPLE! The hike up took us about 3 hours and we were pushing dark and a wet from crossing the stream. So we were happy to get in the cabin and start a fire. There are instructions for the stove in the HCR notebook. The cabin has a lot of helpful items, utensils, spices and a one burner propane stove which we used to cook. Don’t forget your wag bags and there is a portable potty that you can have an amazing view from! It was our first experience with them and was very easy to use. Be prepared to carry in all your food and out all your trash! The only thing I wish was different about the cabin was the construction litter that was just haphazardly strewn behind the cabin. Other than that, our stay amazing. Getting there, we got a little turned around at the Holy Cross City following another review and the camp directions. When you get to the sign for the city you will not go toward the structures. Keep going straight. The yellow webbing indicated it hard to see after dark. I’m attaching a picture to help hopefully! The next day I hiked over to view Hunky Dory and Cleveland lake from above. I did not even have the energy to try to find my way down to them. I had downloaded maps from all trails to help navigate. On our hike out we saw a moose! That was an exciting. I would love to go back in the Fall!
Molly H.recommends
July 6, 2023
Little Blue Gondola Cabin
Fun and rustic mountain adventure
Absolutely beautiful, rewarding hike and adorable little cabin overlooking the mountains. Lots of supplies so no issues there. There was lots of construction trash around the cabin due to construction at the other site which was a bit of a bummer, and the wood burning stove was not functioning (chimney pipe needs to be cleaned as smoke would fill the room making it impossible to have a fire). Even so, I would still 100% recommend staying here, you won’t regret it. Thanks!
Lucy T.recommends
July 4, 2023
Little Blue Gondola Cabin
The hike in wasn’t easy but it was full of amazing views that made it absolutely worth it! The cabin had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Wish we could’ve stayed longer, but we’ll definitely be back!
Jonathan J.recommends
June 22, 2023
Little Blue Gondola Cabin
My partner and I stayed here for two nights in late June. We parked a 2WD vehicle at the parking area/intersection of 727/759 and walked about 2.75 miles to the cabin. The river crossing was a bit of a challenge and it was a relatively snowy hike but doable. We were very impressed with all the gear and amenities present at the cabin - water filtration, lighting, cookware, an axe/saw for firewood, and a comfortable bed. We brought our own food, water, and bedding as well and I would recommend future visitors do that as well. The site host was very helpful and responsive via text. The site faces east so we got great sunrises, and the nights were chock full of stars. There is a fire pit and somewhat-flat spot in front of the cabin for stargazing. Wildlife around the cabin included a Pika near the rubble pile and a snowshoe hare that enjoyed nibbling on cardboard. The site does have construction material spread about while the second cabin is being built, as well as three ski-gondolas nearby that, according to an ideas book at the cabin, will be a really cool hanging lounge area. My other complaint/concern is the wood-stove, which we were unable to utilize because it got quite smoky. These did take a little magic away from the area but I would not hesitate to recommend this site to a friend. It's a beautiful spot with the right mix of glamping amenities, challenging terrain, isolation, and natural beauty.
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