Red Feather Lakes : Colorado


What It Is Like to Retire in Red Feather Lakes

Red Feather Lakes is a very small town in north central Colorado, about 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins.  There are 14 lakes and 6 of them are open to the public for fishing and boating. The community of just under 600 people is surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest and near the Poudre Valley. Some of its amazing outdoor activities include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, biking, off-road vehicle roads, and hunting.  In wintertime it attracts cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers and ice-fishing enthusiasts to the area.There is an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife: elk, antelope, moose, mule deer, bear, quail, grouse, mountain lions, bighorn sheep and wild turkey.

Where to Retire in Red Feather Lakes and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at top right).
Median home sale prices were all over the place during 2012 and 2013, with the median selling price at about $135,000 in the last quarter of 2013 (


What Is Special about Red Feather Lakes

Outstanding recreational opportunities abound.

What Is Not Special about Red Feather Lakes

Red Feather Lakes is quite remote. For any kind of shopping or medical you need to drive down to Fort Collins.

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Climate and Physical Environment

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a library in Red Feather Lakes


Crime in Red Feather Lakes is very low.

Medical Facilities

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Valuable Links

Red Feather Lakes on Wikipedia

What people are saying about Red Feather Lakes

Red Feather Lakes is a beautiful town about an hour northwest of Fort Collins. It offers Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, fly fishing and has some nice atv trails too. We don't currently live there year round, but from mid spring to early fall it could not be more beautiful. The spring is still wet with good chances of late snow storms leading out into some rain towards the end of May. The Aspen trees really start to blosom around this time too. They are plentiful in Red Feather and it make for a scenic summer and a golden fall when the leaves change The housing market is growing but there are still some decent land and home prices depending on what type or size lot and home you are looking for. Both summer and year round homes exist up there. There are 2 main communities around Red Feather - Glacier view (which typically has more year round homes) and Crystal Lakes where there is a mix of housing. Crystal lakes is where we own property. They even have an airport (well landing strip) for the more adventurous, but I have seen it used frequently each summer. Crystal Lakes is a well run community and even though they have association dues you can actually see them at work since they operate a good size fire department for the area and maintain the roads throughout the year. In addition a portion of lots or homes offer seasonal water and sewer systems already. The summer is fantastic - at least 10-20 degrees cooler than the weather in Fort Collins. There are the occaisonal hot days but it generally remains much cooler than Fort Collins or the front range. The downside could be the altitude for some residents, though the topography is such that there are homes in all types of alltitudes. It tends to be dry, but a humidifier takes care of that pretty quickly. But the positives list is massive. True outdoors with a lot of activities. Local restaurants and gas station. The area is camper friendly and people still wave when you drive past them. It offers every type of housing from budget (free or low cost camping) or buying just a lot to executive living in Fox Acres with a championship golf course.
Posted by Legacist on May 27, 2009

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