One of our guests had an interesting experience with a young bear. You can see the bear partially hidden behind the tree. The guest had his fishing gear on the picnic table and was seated looking at the river. The curious bear came up behind him, maybe smelling fish scent from the equipment. Our guest was apparently sitting very still and the bear actually came up and touched the guests shoulder with its nose and the side of its face. The man turned around, he said he did not know who was the most surprised him or the bear. The little bear turned and scampered off. Bears have a great sense of smell but their eyesight is apparently not so acute. Our guest has quite a story to tell. It happened so quickly that at the lady taking the pictures didn’t capture a picture of the bear actually touching him or of the bear running away. Below is a better picture of the bear captured just moments before the encounter.

Cross over Fall River on our Covered Bridge to the peaceful mountain vacation that awaits you. First, nestle into your cozy cabin, suite or room. Then take a walk or fish along the river, hike up our mountainside that leads into Rocky Mountain National Park, sit out on the deck or patio to spot the Elk, Deer, Wild Turkeys, chipmunks, Red Fox or feathered friends who visit us regularly. Lastly, relax in a hot tub, read by a crackling fire and then retire to the rippling waters of Fall River. Your magical experience begins now with a warm “Castle” welcome!


Did you ever wonder how a lodge like Castle Mountain Lodge came into being? You may be surprised to learn not only the original owners and developers, Igor and Irene Polevitzky, but subsequent owners Jim and Gerry Wenger, and current owner Warren (and his late wife Ruth) all started out by vacationing in Estes Park. Sound familiar? In 1947 Igor and Irene Polevitzky came to Estes Park for a vacation. They stayed at Voelkel’s Glacier Lodge, now known as Glacier Lodge. They fell in love with the Estes Park area, begin looking for land to buy, and the rest, as they say, is history