2170 Windcliff Drive
Estes Park CO 80517
40.3378805, -105.5625216


Ascent at Windcliff: Inspiring Architecture, Views, Wildlife, Nature

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Features of this Property

  • View (Continental Divide)
  • Fireplace (Gas)
  • Bedding 1 (King)
  • Bedding 2 (King)
  • Bedding 3 (King)
  • Bedding 4 (2 Twin)
  • Laundry (yes)
  • Dishwasher (yes)
  • Stories (3)
  • Deck (2 Decks)
  • Grill/BBQ (yes)
  • TV (HDTV)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Den (Den)
  • Children OK (Children)
  • Living Room Size (Medium Living Room)
  • Free Long Distance (Yes)
  • cinemas (Yes)
  • coin laundry (Yes)
  • festivals (Yes)
  • health/beauty spa (Yes)
  • library (Yes)
  • marina (Yes)
  • museums (Yes)
  • playground (Yes)
  • pond (Yes)
  • restaurants (Yes)
  • necessary (Yes)
  • Guests provide their own meals (Yes)
  • Dining Area (Yes)
  • Books (Yes)
  • DVD Player (Yes)
  • Ping Pong Table (Yes)
  • Satellite / Cable (Yes)
  • Stereo (Yes)
  • Television (Yes)
  • Clothes Dryer (Yes)
  • Fireplace (Yes)
  • Garage (Yes)
  • Hair Dryer (Yes)
  • Heating (Yes)
  • Internet (Yes)
  • Iron & Board (Yes)
  • Linens Provided (Yes)
  • Living Room (Yes)
  • Parking (Yes)
  • Telephone (Yes)
  • Towels Provided (Yes)
  • Washing Machine (Yes)
  • Coffee Maker (Yes)
  • Dishes & Utensils (Yes)
  • Dishwasher (Yes)
  • Kitchen (Yes)
  • Microwave (Yes)
  • Oven (Yes)
  • Refrigerator (Yes)
  • Stove (Yes)
  • Toaster (Yes)
  • bird watching (Yes)
  • boating (Yes)
  • horseback riding (Yes)
  • miniature golf (Yes)
  • photography (Yes)
  • scenic drives (Yes)
  • shopping (Yes)
  • sight seeing (Yes)
  • sledding (Yes)
  • walking (Yes)
  • wildlife viewing (Yes)
  • ATM/bank (Yes)
  • fitness center (Yes)
  • groceries (Yes)
  • hospital (Yes)
  • laundromat (Yes)
  • massage therapist (Yes)
  • medical services (Yes)
  • Mountain View (Yes)
  • Rural (Yes)
  • Staff (Yes)
  • Deck / Patio (Yes)
  • Outdoor Grill (Yes)
  • cross country skiing (Yes)
  • cycling (Yes)
  • equestrian events (Yes)
  • fishing (Yes)
  • fly fishing (Yes)
  • freshwater fishing (Yes)
  • golf (Yes)
  • hiking (Yes)
  • mountain biking (Yes)
  • mountain climbing (Yes)
  • mountaineering (Yes)
  • swimming (Yes)
  • tennis (Yes)
  • children welcome (Yes)
  • non smoking only (Yes)
  • pets not allowed (Yes)
  • wheelchair inaccessible (Yes)
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters (Yes)
  • Away From It All (Yes)
  • Family (Yes)
  • Romantic (Yes)
  • Tourist Attractions (Yes)

Property Description

A towering Ponderosa Pine stands sentinel watch over the newest home in prestigious Windcliff estates. One of Colorado’s premier architects and the Chiappe family have collaborated to create a modern masterpiece complimenting the mountains before which “Ascent” so reverently stands. Ascending roof lines greet the sky and lead every eye to that magic line on the horizon where the Western Continental Divide caresses the deep azure blue of the Colorado sky. The Divide is the backbone of Rocky Mountain National Park which adjoins Windcliff as a cherished neighbor. The exterior of “Ascent” is washed with muted earth tones. Corten architectural steel is taking on an intentional patina and luster of rust to compliment the rich wall of mahogany wood gracing a secluded outdoor patio “Deck” only begins to describe the sprawling veranda that spans the entire western facade of “Ascent.” A rugby match could be staged out here. The gas barbeque is prepped and primed. Surely a toast is in order! Spread before you in a 180-degree panorama is the grandeur of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Count the peaks and learn their names, for now they are friends for life.

“Ascent” boasts a welcoming, open “great” room featuring a 55-inch HDTV. If cooler breezes blow, a remotely-controlled gas fireplace sports yellow flames dancing on crushed glass enhanced by LED lighting. Modern charging islands for phones and laptops abound. Ceilings far out of reach are supported by the wall of windows on the western facade of “Ascent” displaying the mountains in all their grandeur. The kitchen is brand-spanking fresh and bright. Both it and the breakfast/refreshment bar cozying up to it boast an unobstructed view of mountain peaks beckoning in the near distance. The dining area has front-row seats for the natural spectacle at hand in every direction. A “break out” room downstairs is the perfect staging area for a trail hike or an indoor game. And, the compliment of four bedrooms can handily host up to eight guests in this modern mountain retreat.

A staircase of unconventional sturdiness fit for service aboard Noah’s Ark ascends to the upper level of “Ascent.” But, no “two-by-two” is envisioned here. These stairs are intended for “two only” as vista-view windows lead to the private master suite tucked away upstairs. This fine suite could make rooms in a five-star hotel blush. Niches harbor object d’art. The view from the king-sized bed is, indeed, fit for a king. The air massage tub has its own picture window and what a picture it presents! A colossal shower stands at the ready. The closets and dressing room offer every amenity. Awake and arise! A new day is at hand. The coffee is on in the suite’s own compact kitchen. Step out onto the private corner-wrap balcony. You can actually hear the wind over the wing of a soaring eagle, taste the sky, or touch a rainbow from here. A new day is at hand. And, God is very close by and smiling.

Long’s Peak presides over Rocky Mountain National Park as its highest summit just south of Windcliff Estates and Chiappes’ “Ascent.” It first felt the gentle pressure of human feet when pre-Columbian Indigenous Peoples scaled its heights in search of eagle feathers. Surveyors with the John Wesley Powell Expedition were the first European-Americans to stand at its summit and marvel in 1868. There is plenty of “marveling” left to go around, and Long’s Peak extends its invitation to one and all.

But, whether you opt to tackle the challenging ascent routes of Long’s Peak (14,259’) during the course of your stay --- or not --- your visit to the Rocky Mountains can include a forever-memorable “Ascent” --- thanks to the Chiappe family and their beautiful Windcliff dream home.

Although Estes Park [Rocky Mountain National Park’s gateway community] is only 15 minutes distant by car, you will always feel securely tucked away at “Ascent” --- separated from the “hustle and bustle” of people and their traffic. The Windcliff enclave embracing the “Ascent” residence is a private residential community comprising 260 acres on the sunny western slopes of Ram’s Horn Mountain. It is served by a single entrance to private roads with no through streets or heavy traffic. It is truly a world apart!

Detached Home
Maximum Occupancy: 8
2+ 4 bedroom 3 bath
Bedding - 1 King, 1 King, 1 King, 2 Twins
Wi-Fi Internet, Satellite TV service, Flatscreen TVs, DVD player
Maximum Occupancy: 8

Maximum Number of Cars: 3

Base Rates:
Prime Season . . . $725/nt. plus $25/person after two
Fall Season . . . . . $545/nt. plus $25/person after two
Special Season . . .$435/nt. plus $25/person after two
Value Season . . . .$375/nt. plus $25/person after two

Note: Base rate above covers only the first two people. Add $25 for each additional person over age 3 per night up to the maximum occupancy for the home.; this rate varies by season date ranges. Season dates are listed at

Additional Taxes: 3.56% State sales tax plus 2% Local Marketing District tax
Taxes and fees are computed in addition to the base rate. Fees include $69 non-refundable damage protection fee on all reservations and $175 cleaning fee on all reservations. Must be 25 or older to make a reservation.

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Property Reviews

Dream views

Z3250QIchristinet stayed 3 nights on 5/31/2016

My family had the best time at the Ascent house. The first night the house was surrounded by elk, so neat for our kids (and us) to see! We were about 5 minutes from the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park making it perfect for daily hikes with littles. The wrap around porch and back patio were amazing to sit and enjoy some down time. We hope one day we can go again!


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970-586-2181 | | | 2220 Windcliff Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517