In March 2017, the 42-acre Cascade Cottages property was acquired by Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). For many decades Kansas school-teachers L.V. and Hazel Davis operated a privately-owned lodging business that was open seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Honoring the wishes of the family patriarch, the family approached RMNP in 2009 offering to sell the property to the park. With assistance from the Trust for Public Land, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, and many donors, including the Estes Valley Land Trust, Larimer County, and the Town of Estes Park, RMNP was able to acquire the property. RMNP is now in the process of determining how the property should be used and/or preserved.
The Cascade Cottages property is located approximately 1 mile inside the Fall River Entrance to RMNP. It is bordered on the south by Fall River and bisected by Fall River Road (U.S. Highway 34). The habitat is montane ponderosa pine woodland. The cabins and associated infrastructure lie very lightly on the land. There is no well or permanent water system. Water was hauled to the site and stored in above ground tanks, and propane was delivered to the site. The only externally provided utilities are power and telephone. The north half remains in its natural state.
While no decision has yet been made on the future use of the Cascade Cottages Property, some preliminary options have been developed to initiate discussion. To learn more about some of the preliminary options and submit a written comment, please visit: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/romo
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