Come experience the Old West as it was and still is as you meander along the road through working ranches that were homesteaded back in the early 1900’s…their weathered log cabins still standing and often still occupied…others are close enough for a great “back in time” photo opportunity. As Colorado’s open range law permits ranchers to graze their cattle without borders, you will often find them on the roadways or you may even get caught up in a cattle drive as the ranchers move their cattle from one pasture or paddock to another. Springtime brings all the calves and branding time! Observing the rancher, his horse, and dog working together is a genuine treat. Look along the roadside for sage grouse, in the open fields for pronghorn, down in the willows and streams for the bull moose, in the trees for the mule deer, and on top of the ridge lines for the elk. There are also bald eagle and osprey nests, alpacas, horses, sheep, and goats. All this just on the ride into Williams Fork Lodging!
Our residence sits above this scenic panorama at the end of the road and adjacent to public lands tucked beneath Copper Peak on the Williams Fork Range. The elevation is roughly 8,500 feet and the 180-degree view is breathtaking…encompassing three mountain ranges, many peaks, pastures/meadows, forest, and ponds.
Soak in everything from the glorious sunrises to enchanting full moons to brilliant stars that truly seem closer than they are…the view of the Milky Way is unobstructed by light pollution for outstanding celestial shows…and meteor showers are spectacular from the hot tub!
We live on the same property as the Lodge and are self-sustainable: hunting, fishing, gardening, gathering wild berries, and raising our own poultry meat.
The lodge is constructed of concrete and rock as well as high-efficiency windows and takes full advantage of passive solar heat; backup heat and the hot water are provided by wood via an outside boiler maintained by us. Upon check-in, you are greeted with farm fresh eggs from our chickens. And if interested, Dale offers freshly baked caramel rolls and other enticing bread.
shared hot tub and sauna!
Our lodge is divided into three private apartment style rooms, all three rooms include full kitchens…refrigerator, stove, microwaves, coffee makers, and all utensils.
The Byers Peak has a queen bedroom an on-demand gas fireplace, dishwasher, washer/dryer, balcony including a gas grill and picnic table. additional single beds can be added to this room.
The Williams Peak has a queen bedroom and a 4’ “crawl space” sleeping loft that features a double bed and a single bed. The deck is also equipped with a gas grill and table. This room features a dog door that leads to an outdoor kennel run.
The Copper Peak is a studio room, a queen bed as well as an adult bunk bed with a single on top and double futon on the bottom that acts as a futon couch when not being used as a bed.
Each unit is filled with all the luxury and everyday amenities you need for a complete stay including robes and slippers!
Our exclusive off grid Cabin is called “ Bills Cabin” this 12×12 eco-friendly cabin has a queen bed and has a turn of the century cowboy theme. available for the summer and fall beginning Memorial Day weekend or earlier as weather permits.
This unique lodging experience is an opportunity to enjoy a near-zero footprint vacation with a loved one or a friend with all the modern conveniences. Enjoy the solar power, solar lights and instant hot water alfresco shower! your very own outhouse and a deck complete with a gas grill, kitchen stove and fire pit.
NOTE: working bathroom is available for your exclusive use at the office.
Water is provided for washing dishes and hands, drinking water should be brought by the guest along with food.
Water refills are included with your room rental and available at the lodge.
Although there is plenty of outdoor lighting you may want to bring flashlights.
Bed linens are provided as well as towels, blankets sheets, and pillows, robes and slippers, spa towel, dishes and coffee pot.
The common area Washer/dryer, Wifi a hot tub and wet/dry infrared sauna are also available, along with bumper pool, smart TV with Netflix’s, Hulu and Pandora. Yoga mats and an elliptical machine as well as various crafts, games, corn hole and puzzles.
Due to the rustic road, access by car from the lodge to the glamping campers and cabin may be seasonal. Parking is available at the lodge for another mode of travel to the Bigfoot. You are welcome to bring your bicycle and enjoy the trails on our property as well as a convenient travel source. Or arrange a shuttle with Dale.
Experience camping in a forested environment with numerous foot and bike trails right out your door! The total darkness provides a spectacular night time sky full of stars and constellations perfect for viewing from the deck. Expect to see wild life and follow the standard rules of living with wildlife during your visit. Glamping Williams Fork Style!
Just a few miles down the road bask in the Hot Sulphur Hot Springs!
Every season has its own special beauty: Spring brings abundant wildflowers, contrasting greens of pine, aspen, and sage. Newborn livestock and wildlife. Thunderstorms and brilliant double rainbows. Birds singing, chickens crowing and warm, quiet evenings are welcomed in summer. Our view of the fall colors are hard to match ~ the changing yellow, gold and reds quaking in the valley are quite beautiful. Winter brings diamond-sparkling white snow untouched by humans and cobalt blue skies…picture-perfect postcard and right out your window.
You may get the feeling you’ll be snowed in for months but not to worry as Greg is most likely already out plowing for your safety and convenience.
Dark nights and a vast sky allows a perfect view of celestial events and the Milky Way. The full moon rises right in front of you with a stunning backdrop of the Peaks.
Wild life viewing – photo opportunities right out your window
80 acres of trails to ride your bike, hike, snowshoe, cross country ski,
Access public land just a few feet away.
Spectacular spring wild flowers and Autumn colors!
Fish “gold medal” waters or go for huge lake trout just 4 miles away in the WilliamsFork Reservoir; or hike into the national forest to fish brook trout, ask Dale for a map and some recommendations!
Snowmobiling – Grand County is the snowmobiling capital of Colorado which includes trails of all skill levels.
Ask about recommendations to rent ATV’s, horse back rides, cattle drives, balloon rides, dog sled rides, zip line, excellent hunting area 28.
Lots to do with us!
Eric and I want to express our gratitude again for such an enjoyable stay at your place over the weekend! I returned back to work today with a better outlook and a little more refreshed after being up in the mountains. Everything was perfect. We really enjoyed cooking outside using the wood stove, seeing the moose and using the grill. It was also great getting to know you, you are definitely a bad ass and my kind of people 🙂 I can’t wait to come back! 🙂 till next time! Charlotte and Eric 🙂
Thanks, Dale and Greg, for all of the fabulous suggestions for excursions. The Colorado River rafting was fun, The Hot Sulphur Springs relaxing.
We also enjoyed hiking the Baker Gulch trail (starting at RMNP) and the Columbine trail (from meadow creek reservoir) with Carson. The Canine Colorado book provided those excellent suggestions. Just hiking & biking around your property & the Williams Fork Valley was a pleasure. Thanks so much for sharing your piece of Grand County with us."