About Windcliff | Basecamp to Rocky Mountain National Park™
Windcliff is a community of private residents and vacation rentals on the sunny side of Rams Horn Mountain, on the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest, just minutes from Estes Park, Colorado.
- At the center of a 180 degree panorama of dramatic peaks
- Nestled away off the beaten path
- Exciting and magical mountain getaway
- Luxury resort amenities
- Decks, fireplaces, and kitchen in every home
- Mild Winters, cool summers
- Frequent wildlife sightings
- Convenient to Rocky Mountain National Park, horseback riding, hiking, shopping and dining
- Roads maintained and plowed year-round [4-wheel drive required in winter]
- Just minutes from multiple dining and entertainment choices in Estes Park
- Private Roads closed to through-traffic
- Open year-around for getaways in any season
History of Windcliff – Development, Vactation Rentals and Land/Home Sales
Windcliff Estates was formerly a homestead incorporated in 1905 in the name of Frank Webster. Frank and Cora built their homestead cabin in 1902 and it is still standing, owned by the Davis family from Austin Texas.
Windcliff developers Don and Wylene Buser purchased the homestead cabin and the acreage that eventually became Windcliff in the 1950s and 1960’s.
Wylene Buser began the vacation rental program in 1970 and their operations actually predate the covenants of the property owners’ association (WPOA) and the creation of the Estes Valley Development Plan. Wylene conferred responsibilty for vacation rentals, lot & home sales to Brad Dement in the 1980’s who later transferred ownership to George Leonard in the early new millennium.
Windcliff Homes, LLC is now owned and operated by Rich Chiappe, who with his wife Deborah has owned property at Windcliff for several years as well as having two different homes in the Windcliff rental program before ultimately becoming full-time residents of Windcliff.
Meet the Staff
The business staff includes Michelle LeClerc, General Manager; Nancy Thibodeaux, Rental Manager; Bob Longworth, Maintenance Manager; and Mary Liz Adair and Carrie Brown, Part Time Rental Coordinators. Housekeeping services are provided under an exclusive long-term contract with 3J Cleaning Services, LLC, owned by former Windcliff Housekeeping Manager, Gabby Enriquez.
Windcliff is a high touch, hands-on, on-site premium rental home management company. The office (“Gatehouse”) is at the entrance to Windcliff Estates allowing us to interact with guests personally providing them personal assistance and oversight. Ours is a 24x7x365 day business. Someone is always available in the event of a problem or emergency. Owners Rich & Deborah Chiappe’s home sits just 400 yards above the gatehouse.
No vacation home can be rented in Windcliff without a person-to-person conversation with a Windcliff employee. Since Windcliff’s business serves all property homeowners at Windcliff, great importance is placed in preserving the quiet and secluded nature of Windcliff Estates, located high on the sunny side of Ram’s Horn Mountain just outside the town of Estes Park. Windcliff is able to provide its services only at the suffrage of the property homeowners at Windcliff. We are unapologetic about excluding vacationers that might not be in harmony with our neighborhood values and culture.
A good perspective on Windcliff’s rental policies can be found in the Rental Agreement (guest contract) which is prominently displayed in the footer of every page of the Windcliff website.
About Estes Park
Nearby Estes Park is only 90 minutes from Denver. Nestled at the east entrance to the national park and surrounded by protected land, the mountain village of Estes Park offers travelers the best of outdoor recreation, real wildlife, and hometown hospitality. Family vacations include pristine wilderness and adventure, alongside signature sweets and fun activities. Getaways span from group hikes to local wine tasting & spa treatments. Romantic getaways start with off-road exploration & end next to roaring fireplaces with gourmet plates. Truly the best of both parks – Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
Find out all there is to see and do in Estes with a visit to our convenient and friendly Visitor Center. Located along the bike trails, just east of downtown, the Estes Park Visitor Center welcomes guests with a plethora of information and friendly, informative volunteers to assist you. Relax by the fireplace, go for a stroll along the river & get to know our mountain village.
About Rocky Mountain National Park
With majestic mountains, tundra wildflowers, abundant wildlife, Trail Ridge Road (the highest paved road in the US), and over 350 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular! From flat easy hikes around a mountain lake to challenging multiday backpack trips and climbs, Rocky Mountain National Park offers trails for hikers of every level – let us help you plan your adventure! Find the best ways to take in the majesty and serenity of the park. It’s YOUR Rocky – explore it!
For a Vacation… or a Lifetime — Vacation | Invest | Live.
Windcliff offers dozens of private homes as vacation rentals. And many renters eventually become property owners. Lots, land and houses are always available at Windcliff. In due time, for many, it becomes a life-long destination. Vacation | Invest | Live
Let us Help You
Windcliff can help you arrange the rental of a number of luxurious homes on the slopes of Rams Horn Mountain which are ideal for families seeking a destination stay, couples wanting a private anniversary setting, family vacations, and destination lodging.