Huddled in the Rocky Mountains and the Roosevelt National Forest, the town of Red Feather Lakes is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. 14 sapphire lakes are strewn throughout lush forests and expansive meadows, offering plenty of fishing and boating opportunities. An ever-popular place for photographers, this pristine wilderness is home to several charming B&Bs, hunting areas, hiking trails, and the rustic elegance of Fox Acres Mountain Resort Community.
Boasting trees as far as the eye can see, this charming area of Colorado is about 45 minutes northwest of Fort Collins, and is a playground of outdoor adventures including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, biking, and canoeing. In the winter, when the landscape is blanketed in pillowy white snow, the town is a popular spot for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. During most of the year, the valleys, forests and pastures are teeming with wildlife such as elk, moose, foxes, wild turkeys, bighorn sheep, bears, and quail, and are hot spots during the hunting season.
For a quiet mountain getaway, both the Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch and the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch offer cozy cabins, cottages and condos with sweeping mountain views, with on-site horse stables, organized fishing and hiking trips, and even a full “Dude Ranch” experience each summer. If you’re looking for a more private and exclusive stay, Lone Pine Realty offers a wide variety of vacation rentals, chalets and cabins nestled in the trees, perched on hilltops or overlooking a lake for a true back-to-nature experience.
By far the most impressive scene in Red Feather Lakes is that at Fox Acres, a 460-acre community of stately homes surrounding several pristine lakes and expansive groves of aspen and pine. The resort site was originally the Red Feather Silver Fox Farm, and after the fox pens were broken down, construction began on one of the first homes, as well as a putting green. The plans for the community started out at a modest 9-hole course, but after a large land acquisition, the developers began to dream big and planned for a 6,350 yard, 71- par, 18-hole course. Much of the beautiful landscape was preserved during construction, protecting as many trees as possible, and simply rearranging the majestic boulders to compliment the 15 on-site lakes teeming with trout.
At the heart of this fun-loving neighborhood is the immaculate Championship 18-hole golf course, stretched out over rolling hills, which is one of the top private golf courses in Colorado. Amidst the quiet and crisp mountain air, festivities, events, and parties abound, the luxurious clubhouse offering a formal dining room, a lounge perfect for cocktails, and a grille for upscale casual grub. This multi-purpose building is often a spot for wedding receptions and reunions, and includes a pro shop, golf-cart parking, and two sweeping decks looking out on the sparkling Lake Arapahoe. Other amenities at this resort community include a fitness center, a family recreation and conference facility, the historic Fox House Spa, tennis courts, and a driving range.
The quiet town of Red Feather Lakes is a truly breathtaking destination, whether you’re here for a weekend snowshoe adventure or visiting the magnificent Fox Acres. This is a truly friendly place to come get away from it all and enjoy the northern Colorado outdoors.
For information regarding Fox Acres membership and real estate, call 970-498-0833.