Beautiful Colorado mountain cabin with ham radio access at the foot of Mt. Princeton

Rental Info
The Cabin
The Radios
Renter's Feedback
Things to do


  • How do we get there?

Buena Vista is a 3.5- hour drive from the Denver airport (DIA) or 2 hours from the Colorado Springs airport (COS).  We recommend fIying into Colorado Springs, and renting a car at the airport.  The Colorado Springs airport is an excellent facility, and is much less crowded and congested than the Denver airport.

From Denver, follow U.S. Highway 285.  From Colorado Springs, take U.S. Highway 24.  Both routes are easy and pleasant drives.

  • Do we need 4 wheel drive to get to the cabin?

No, except sometimes during the winter months.  If you would like to explore the numerous jeep trails, bring an SUV with 4-wheel drive, or rent a jeep in Buena Vista (jeep rentals are a tad expensive, however).

  • What do we need to bring?

Basically nothing!  This is the Eigsti family cabin, and everything is there for you to use.  We ask only that you replace items used from the pantry (food, spices, etc.).

  • How many can the cabin accommodate?

There are 4 bedrooms with a total of 5 double beds plus 2 single beds in the loft.  It gets pretty crowded with more than 10 people.  Also, the septic system is not designed for long periods of heavy use.  We don't charge extra for large families or groups.

  • How far will we be from "civilization"?

You will be 7 miles from Buena Vista, which has an excellent grocery store and several good restaurants.  The county seat of Salida is 25 miles south, with fine restaurants, plus a full-array of the familiar fast-food restaurants and stores.

  • What about medical facilities?

Buena Vista has a medical clinic with 4 doctors.  Salida has a modern, 52-bed hospital, with CT scan, ultrasound, and a number of specialists on staff.  EMTs and ambulance crews are on-call via 911.

  • Will we be safe?

I lived full-time at the cabin for 12 years, and seldom locked the door.  In 30 years, the closest thing to a break-in occurred recently, when a black bear tried to enter the cabin through a screen door.  Normally, you will never see a bear.

  • What if we are not ham radio enthusiasts?

About 90% of the renters at Lost Creek come for a family vacation.  Outdoor activities are the main attraction.   The Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort (4 miles away) is open year-round, and offers several hot mineral pools.  A larger (cooler) pool is open in the summer months.  St. Elmo is a neat, old ghost town, which is accessible by standard auto.  There are miles of fishing in mountain lakes and rivers.  Spring and summer offer the best white-water rafting in the United States.  There are no water parks or amusement parks - you need to stay in the big city for that.  See the "Things to Do" page for links to other activities.

  • How close are the ski areas?

The I-70 corridor (Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, etc.) is 60 to 90 minutes by car.  Monarch and Ski Cooper (a great family/beginner area) are only 45 minutes from the cabin.

  • Any other questions?

I'm happy to answer your specific questions.  Please call or email:

Ken Eigsti, WLSD
(719) 539-5758