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NOKHU HUT AND AGNES CREEK CABIN STATE FOR­EST STATE PARK, COLORADO

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Colorado se­cret: You need only drive two-plus hours from Den­ver to find the sort of scenery and wildlife wor­thy of a real-es­tate brochure—but with­out open-house crowds. Up Poudre Canyon, just west of Cameron Pass, sum­mer blooms cling to 12,000-foot peaks, dense conifers hide un­named lakes, and the moose out­num­ber peo­ple (se­ri­ously, they have their own vis­i­tor cen­ter). It’s a straight­for­ward, 1.5-mile ap­proach on a nar­row For­est Ser­vice road to this pair of small, wooden cab­ins (in sum­mer, you can drive even closer). Each sleeps six and boasts a well-stocked kitch­enette and wood-burn­ing stove, but the best part may be the easy ac­cess to Lake Agnes, an alpine pool nes­tled in a cirque. It’s just a mile from the front door to the bowl, where moose hang at dusk. Trail­head Lake Agnes Sea­son Year-round (snow­shoe or ski in win­ter) Ameni­ties Bunks with mat­tresses; wood-burn­ing stove; two-burner stove (propane pro­vided); cook­ware Reser­va­tion $85/night; re­serve on­line Con­tact nev­er­sum­mer­nordic.com

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