Large mountain lodge:-So much fun - be safe in our private, backyard park

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  •  Type: House
  •  Beds: 5
  •  Baths: 2.5
  •  Sleeps: 14


This spacious residence has easy, paved road access, yet it is secluded in the mountains where you bask in clean air and brilliant winter sun.
The backyard forms your own private park.  You can relax while your children are engrossed with the excitement of their own secluded space.  The large log playground provides swings for tiny tots to adults. Our log structure forms a balance bridge, fireman's pole, a sliding board, climbing tires.   Enjoy "King of the Log" on the balance beam.  You can play basketball on the concrete court or put up the adjustable net and grab the equipment for playing pickle ball, volleyball, or badminton.   The new tether ball replaces what a bear tried to eat.  The treehouse is a challenging climb - only for the adventurous (who have parental permission.)  National Forests border the property and provide hundreds of acres of hiking. A treasure map leads the adventurous through the mountains to an old gold mine and 'treasure.'  There are hammocks, , lawn chairs, , gas grill, a soothing waterfall feature.  We are located in the beauty of Ute Pass. 
Relaxation is enriched with our spacious spa / game room.   There you can soak in our hot tub.where you can cheer on your energetic friends as they compete in air hockey, foosball,  play ping pong, or billiards on our 8-foot slate pool table.
Since your vacation is a time for rest, we splurged on the bedding.  Memory-foam on the mattresses provides form-fitting support.  The beds are covered with fluffy down comforters.   Sleep in the unique, theme-decorated bedrooms - each is an imagination experience.  
'King’s Crown' room has a king-sized bed. 'Country Garden' has two queen size beds. 'Grandma’s Attic' has two twins, one of which is an adjustable bed that can be positioned for special sleeping needs.  'Wilderness Trail' has two twin beds.  'Mountain Adventure' has two twin beds inside a large tent.  Finally, one of the living rooms has a queen-size hide-a-bed.
The house is especially designed to be environmentally friendly.  Sun rays flood the house with toasty warmth during the winter, and in the summer the house is naturally cooled.  Laundered linens are dried on a line in the fresh mountain air.  Woodland Park, our nearby 'City Above the Clouds,' boasts an average of 300 sunny days per year, more than San Diego, CA or Miami Beach, FL.  
In the summer the 8500 foot elevation means pleasant days and cool nights. Another benefit of our high elevation, recent studies show that obese people can quickly lose weight and keep it off for weeks afterwards by spending time at higher altitudes.
Our expansive solar windows take advantage of the sun and clean mountain air.  Through them you look on to your private yard.  There is no central heating system, so on those occasional winter days when the sun is hidden, you set individual heaters in the rooms or better yet, your family will gather around your glowing fire in the wood stove.  'Roughing it' never felt so good.   
The home is well stocked with a convection-oven stove, coffee maker, large cooking pans, commercial steamer, crock pot, mixer, blender, toaster, microwave and MUCH MORE - equipment that surpasses most home kitchens.  Plus we have on hand some of your basic staple foods.  There is baby equipment:  two strollers - a double and single, high chair, porta-crib, backpack baby carrier, stair guards.
We, the owners/managers live nearby so are immediately available to provide for your every need.
Half Bath: 2
Keywords: Eco friendly, solar heat, on-site recreation, large house, borders National Forest

Owner info


  • Karen Magistrelli

About Karen Magistrelli

We, Bob and Karen Magistrelli, built Sun Mountain Retreat for our family home. God carried us through the unknowns of construction - working miracles all along the way. We designed the home for kids - where they could be safe and have fun. We raised our seven children and numerous foster children here Years later we moved nearby to a home where we now take in men coming out of prison. We help the men start life over after years of isolation from society. Our income from Sun Mountain helps to provide for the needs of these men.

Karen Magistrelli purchased this House in 1985

Why Karen Magistrelli chose Cascade

When our family home, now Sun Mountain Retreat, was no longer needed by the family, we could not bear to sell it, despite multiple buyer requests. We love this area and we love our family home. Our children are grown and settling in the immediate area. Making Sun Mountain a vacation home has involved all our children. Running it has been a great joy to us as we see our guests enjoying our home as much as we did.

What makes this House unique

Our most unique offering is the wide range of fun family activities right at our home - from a private backyard park to a large indoor recreation room and hot tub. Our home is central to a wide range of activities. Guests can enjoy the city offerings of beautiful Colorado Springs and can also be challenged with the outdoor activities of the mountains that surround us. Our home was designed to conserve our limited natural resources - as a 'green' home our guests can know they are part of needful conservation.

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy:
100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
No refund if you cancel less than 60 days before check-in.

Additional Rate details

House Rules:
Check in after: 4:00 PM
Check out before: 10:00 AM
Cleaning Fee: $300
Pet Fee: $100



Guest Reviews

The Perfect Place

This was the best vacation our family has ever experienced and the house was so accommodating! When it rained, we had plenty of activities and space for our large family. The water fountain was our gathering place to relax and let the stress of life fall off of us. The grandchildren absolutely loved the playground and spent hours swinging and playing with watch other. The basketball court was used to play some competitive basketball, which was so much fun to see experience trump youth. There are great trails near the house, wildlife all around to see and still close to stores for shopping. The house was well stocked and very clean. I would highly recommend anyone with a large family to stay here. We definitely plan on being a repeat customer!

Beautiful property/beautiful area

Peaceful. Fun home. Great hiking.

Wonderful house

We had a really lovely time during out stay. First, the house had everything to make it an enjoyable stay. The kitchen and bathrooms were well stocked. It is great for kids with lots of activities: a game room (table tennis, pool, etc), board games, outdoor play area, basketball, sledding. And the kids\' rooms were made for their imagination, especially the tent room. The location was very good too. We were right next to the national forest and saw lots of deer and birds. We hiked a wonderful trail with great views of Pike\'s Peak that starts right behind the house! Karen was very kind and responded quickly to questions. Highly recommended!

First family vacation

it was a perfect stay for our first big family vacation. My kids loved everything about the house.

Great place!

Homeowners are lovely and the house is amazing. Right near a Walmart and gas station so groceries and gas are no biggie. Excellent location in the mountains for a nature getaway!