We have stayed at Tiny Town for over 30 years. For most of that time it was owned by a family. Due to a death in the family, the cottages were bought by Trout Haven Ranch which is located adjacent to Tiny Town.
This trip was the first time we stayed at Tiny Town since the change of ownership. It was such a disappointment. The cabins were never fancy or elegant. But they were always very neat and clean and well maintained.
This time, the fridge was not clean. The shelves had something stuck on them and there were a couple of bags left in the freezer. I have no idea what was in the bags and didn't care to find out! The drawer with the knives and forks was not clean either. This made us so leery of everything that we never used a plate or bowl without washing it first.
The carpet and couches were the same ones that had been there for over 25 years. I had never felt so distrustful of the carpet before, but this trip I was hesitant to walk around barefoot. There was no table next to the bed at all. So, I picked up a small table in the living room to move to the bedside. When I picked up the table, the entire top came off in my hands.
The tops of the tables seem to have been dusted. But the shelves and lower part of all the tables were covered with enough dust and dirt to write your name in. I put something on a window sill and found it to be also just terribly dusty and dirty. The mantle of the fireplace was also very dirty.
On past trips, I have cooked large meals for the family in the kitchen of these cottages. This time, we were reluctant to even use the plates or glasses. There is no way I would have wanted to use any kind of pot or pan. We had one really cold night during our stay. It got down into the 20's overnight. This cabin had only one wall type space heater in the living room. The rest of the cabin - the bedroom, kitchen and especially the bathroom were just freezing in the morning. We couldn't take a shower until the sun rose and warmed the place up a little bit.
We talked to some of the previous owners of these cabins during our stay. They say that the new owners basically are just going through the motions of trying to keep these older cabins open until the economy improves then they intend to tear them down and build more modern structures. The location along the river very near to the park entrance is good. There is a lot of acreage around these cabins. If they do tear them down, I am sure they will build many more than they now have and I guess it will be more profitable.
There was only one small roll of toilet paper in the cabin. They said if any more was needed (duh-we were staying three days!) we could come to the check in building to get some more. In the past years, each cabin had a trash can right next to the porch. There would be daily pick up for each cabin. Now, there is one large dumpster located to the side of the property. There was no soap in the bathroom. A quick trip to the corner store was needed before we could settle in.
We have so many wonderful family memories from our stays at Tiny Town. It is a shame that the new owners are not even trying to do a decent job of upkeep until they rebuild. It was so sad to have to tell our friends and relatives that the place had changed so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Trout Haven Ranch Lodge is your Estes Park venue for weddings, family reunions, and retreats. The Lodge, itself, sleeps up to 30 and has two kitchens and a series of covered decks that overlook the Trout Haven Fishing Pond. Three 2-bedroom completely remodeled cabins provide additional housing and are adjacent to the main Lodge. Also on property is the 800 Moraine Ave Event Center, a meeting and banquet facility for groups up to 150 people. Lodge and cabin guests receive 10% off fishing at Trout Haven Fishing Pond. Guests can also walk to mini golf and one of the most popular restaurants in Estes Park – Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ. All these facilities are just five minutes to the main entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. ... more less