Details & Rates

Welcome Railroad Fans!

Thank you for visiting our web site. We hope that you'll consider spending a few days in the Rockies at "Cabin By The Tracks" in Pinecliffe, Colorado.

This is a railfan dream location, only 100 feet from the Union Pacific (ex D&RGW) mainline from Denver to Salt Lake City. Twelve to fifteen trains a day pass through Pinecliffe on a 2% grade to and from the nearby Moffat Tunnel under the Continental Divide (including Amtrak, manifest freights, intermodal, and coal loads with mid- and end-of-train helpers). You can sit on the porch and watch them go by, wander adjacent to the tracks for a mile or so in the neighborhood, or chase for over a hundred miles with the help of a map. Trains often take the siding in Pinecliffe, and I'll wander over and talk to the crews for a few minutes. There is a grade crossing signal in Pinecliffe which will let you know when a train is idling downgrade from the west, and you'll quickly learn to perceive the rumble as they approach up the canyon from the east.

Through this canyon, and through the cabin's backyard, runs South Boulder Creek, a tumultuous mountain stream. Fish for trout in the immediate area, or travel to hundreds of great spots in this part of Colorado, east and west of the Continental Divide. At night, the sky in the mountains is a carpet of stars. It's cool in the mountain air, and the whistles echo in the canyon.

This is a cabin that we bought for ourselves, specifically for the location. We decided to share the fun by renting "Tracks" to other railfans on vacation. We feel that this is a railroad enthusiast's dream location, not only for its proximity to the Moffat Mainline (Rio Grande's "Mainline through the Rockies") but also for its proximity to other important railfaning hotspots. The East Portal of the Moffat Tunnel and Big Ten Curve are an hour away. The Colorado Railroad Museum and the Georgetown Loop Railroad are 45 minutes from the cabin. Day trips can easily be made to the West Portal, Gore Canyon, Glenwood Canyon, the "Joint-Line" from Denver to Trinidad, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Also close by are significant non-railroad sites such as Rocky Mountain National Park, and a plethora of other attractions throughout the mountains along the spine of the Rockies, and all along Colorado's Front Range, from Fort Collins to Boulder, Denver, and on down to Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Trinidad.

Although Pinecliffe itself offers the seclusion of no services other than a post office, pay phone, and other cabins, all other services (including markets, hardware stores, restaurants, and everything else) are close via mountain highway, in towns such as Nederland (6 miles) and Rollinsville (7 miles). Boulder and Golden are 20 miles away. Central City and Blackhawk (with small stakes gambling casinos and lots of shopping) are 22 miles from the cabin. Denver, its suburbs and amenities are an hour away, and Denver International Airport is 1 hour and 20 minutes away. Hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities are everywhere in the area along the Front Range. In the winter, several major ski areas are within 90 minutes, including Eldora Ski Area which is only a 20-minute drive from the cabin.

Why settle for the monotony of a motel room, when Cabin By The Tracks provides 3 bedrooms (1 double bed, 2 singles, and 1 single), a kitchen, a 3/4 bath, and a living room. The cabin was built in 1922, and has been significantly modernized over the years. It still retains its rustic atmosphere with the comforts of home.

Our rates are based on the length of stay and number of bedrooms used:

Length of Stay 1 Bedroom Used 2-3 Bedrooms Used
2 - 3 days * $80 a day $110 a day
4 - 6 days $75 a day $100 a day
7 days or more $65 a day $90 a day

* There is a Two (2) Night Minimum Stay

Again, thank you for considering a Cabin By The Tracks railroad fan vacation. This is a wonderful place up in the mountains, out-of-the-way, but close to everything, and right on top of all the great Colorado railroad action. Please give us a call at (303) 233-9655, or drop us an email ( We look forward to your stay at the "Tracks."

Tom Abbott       


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