Local firm has remote rentals
Business name: Wild Skies Cabin Rentals and Property Management.
Location: We have two locations — one near Craig, near Sand Wash Basin, where the wild horses can be viewed; and another surrounded on three sides by the Routt National Forest in the middle of the Flat Tops Scenic Byway between two mountain passes, Ripple Creek and Dunckley Passes, two miles from the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Date opened: Jan. 3, 2008.
Owner: Wild Skies.
Contact information: Call 970-926-0216 or please visit http://www.wildskies.com.
What goods or services do you provide? We offer year-round cabin rentals to the general public and property management services to other homeowners looking to have their second homes or rental properties managed by an expert in the vacation rental market in Colorado.
What’s new or exciting at your place? Petersen’s Bowhunting Magazine editor Christian Berg is coming out for an elk hunt this archery season and in 2017, we look forward to hosting In-Fisherman Magazine.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Luxury living off the grid. Our Flat Tops property is 100 percent off grid; however, it is luxury off-grid living. We provide the level of fit and finish you would expect of any property at a world-class resort such as Vail or Beaver Creek. Our customers cannot tell we are off-grid living due to the systems we have put in place. Unlike resort communities, you cannot see any neighbors from our property.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? Loving the outdoors shouldn’t mean schlepping everything you need to survive with you, only to potentially wake up, cold, damp and hungry after a horrible night’s sleep on the ground.
What can your customers expect from you? A friendly and secluded experience in comfortable and clean accommodations in one of the most breathtaking areas of all of the state with fantastic mountain views in all directions.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: We have been running Wild Skies Cabin Rentals and Property Management for almost 10 years. It was our love for the outdoors, including everything from big game hunting, hiking, backcountry horseback-riding, fly-fishing, snowshoeing to mushroom hunting that led us to develop a high end rental property with right-out-the-front-door access to all sorts of outdoor activities. Often some family members or families with young children want to explore the great outdoors, but find the logistics of camping or a run-down cabin without running water are too large a hurdle to overcome in an enjoyable format. Wild Skies Cabin Rentals takes the fear and trepidation of exploring the outdoors away from those who don’t want to sleep in a tent outdoors but would rather have a comfortable bed, and a hot shower with running water.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? After renovating the original 1950 log cabin structure on the property, in April of 2011, lightning struck it. Due to 2,000 gallons of propane being connected to the structure, the complete structure, including the wood-burning stove, melted into the 18 inches of crawl space. Although not humorous, we were amazed that the entire structure was completely destroyed and not a single part of it was still standing. No one was around to see the blaze, but when we arrived a few days later, we were perplexed when we looked through the trees and saw nothing of our building.
It was as if the tornado in the Wizard of Oz had picked it up and carried it off to another location. Not a single tree around the property was burned down so it was as if the building was literally lifted away. Although we were devastated at the time, we were relieved to know no one was hurt, the fire hadn’t damaged the idyllic surroundings and it gave us a new start on a structure, which we positioned even closer to our private river frontage which is loaded with Colorado River cutthroat trout. The views from the multi-level deck take in hundreds of yards of the river banks and you can hear the river from almost every room in the house.