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Highest Home in Colorado

by McCannster » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:36 pm

Off topic, maybe? But...

Something I've been thinking about for while is trying to find the highest elevation home in Colorado, which would undoubtedly make it the highest home in the USA.

After hours spent on Google Earth, I propose that this house is the highest in the state. The elevation here is 11,690 feet (quite close to treeline, as one can see in the satellite view).

https://goo.gl/maps/bFC4FfTHMxm

Now, I do have some parameters I've been working with. This supposed "highest home" needs to be a house that is accessible by vehicle year-round. I'm not counting huts, cabins, fire lookouts, basically anything where access becomes increasingly difficult in the winter. It must be a home where somebody could theoretically live year-round and be able to live a "regular" life (ie, no mountain man, survivor, live off the land lifestyle).

I was in the area a few weeks ago and decided to pay a visit to the home. Here is what it looks like. It is most definitely a vacation home, not lived in year-round, as were most homes in this subdivision. Finding the highest full time, year round residence in CO would take a little more effort, and would involve physically driving around the area, trying to figure out which homes are lived in full time and which ones are vacation rentals. Seems like more trouble than it's worth.

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I am aware of this house that sits high on a ridge at Telluride Ski Resort at 12k feet, but given its status as more of an event center than a regular home, I do not count it as the highest home in CO: https://goo.gl/maps/HH9Bg1AAtUJ2. Plus, it's not accessible by regular access roads.

So, SPers, elevation nerds, can YOU prove me wrong and find a higher house than the one I propose?

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by R478n6z45 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:22 am

I created an account just to reply to this post. I have been researching this topic for years now. This house you located on Prunes Way (Rialto Rd) is the highest verified permanently accessible residence in the United States, however, at the end of Fourmile Creek Rd, Park County Rd 18, there is a small subdivision called Silver Horseshoe Acres. In this subdivision, there are a few small cabins between the elevations of 11,300ft and 11,827ft. 393 Silver Horseshoe Rd is the highest residence in the country, however I'm not sure how accessible this area is in the winter.

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by McCannster » Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:08 pm

Neat!

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by Sunny Buns » Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:50 am

You might want to specify what TYPE of vehicle is allowed in your definition. :mrgreen:

Also, the owners of these homes may not appreciate the posting of their address and house pictures on the internet. :wink:

Also, the definition of "regular" lifestyle could be debated vigorously. :shock:

Here's a high one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climax,_Colorado

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by Scott » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:06 pm



Climax used to be the highest town in the US, but no one lives there anymore.

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by nartreb » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:24 pm

I followed up a hint from the Wikipedia page for Climax (formerly the second-highest post office in the US), and found that the highest town (incorporated municipality) in the US is Alma, CO: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma,_Colorado (with some caveats explained on the wikipedia page)

At the end of the first full paragraph, there is a reference to Mountain View Drive - this is exactly the neighborhood mentioned by McCannster.

This area is a good candidate. Unless some Dr No type has built a private road up a mountaintop, any home meeting McCannster's criteria would have to be near a town.

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by Scott » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:47 pm

nartreb wrote:This area is a good candidate. Unless some Dr No type has built a private road up a mountaintop, any home meeting McCannster's criteria would have to be near a town.


There are actually several permanently inhabited homes around 11,400 feet near Hoosier Pass between Breckenridge and Alma. Someone whom I was working with all summer lives there year round (houses in Breck are extremely expensive, but it's a little cheaper neare the pass, thus some people live there and commute to Breck for work).

The home McCannister points out in in the same general area.

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by Denver » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:27 am

I just built a tiny home that technically has access, fully insulated, solar powered with water at 11'805 feet on top of Holy Cross Jeep trail on privately owned land.

This makes it the highest habitable residence in the U.S.

Any structure at that kind of altitude will have limited access in winter.

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by Scott » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:13 am

Denver wrote:I just built a tiny home that technically has access, fully insulated, solar powered with water at 11'805 feet on top of Holy Cross Jeep trail on privately owned land.


Sounds like an invite. :D

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Re: Highest Home in Colorado

by Bryan W » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:38 pm

Holy smokes, why? I can't even sleep when I'm in Aspen, let alone camped on the side of a 14er. I can't imagine owning a home up that high and always being tired. Yeah, yeah, I know everybody is different and acclimatizing helps, but after a week of no sleep in Aspen, it was time to go. My threshold apparently sits somewhere between 7,800' and 6,000'. All I know is I sleep just fine in Glenwood Springs, but not Aspen.


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