Sundance Bear Lodge is in three buildings, each very different in style, size, age and accessibility. Over the years, we have been able to make some modifications, primarily to facilitate wheelchair access.
Please read the information below and, if you have handicap requirements, please contact us ahead of your visit to discuss. If we know the specific needs, we will let you know our capabilities.
The main lodge public areas are ½ floor above grade. The access is via steps in three locations and a relatively steep ramp at the front (south) side of the building. (Our old dog especially appreciates the ramp these days!) The hot tub, available to all guests, is ½ way up the ramp. Therefore the great room is accessible for retreat groups.
If we know that a wheelchair or walker is expected, we have a wooden, removable ramp to compensate for the front door step. Inside the lodge we have large ½ bath where the toilet has grab bars. The sleeping rooms in the lodge date from the late 1980s and are NOT accessible due to space limitations.
Sorry, the log cabin is not handicap accessible. The only access is via stairs, and internal space is very limited.
Forest Edge is a one story house with 3 bedrooms 2 ½ bath. Access from the gravel driveway includes a concrete ramp to the deck. All the doors are 3 ft wide. The bath in Unit 1 is extra large and has a large shower with a seat; it is not a roll in shower, but the step in minimal. The shower head is on a hose so that it can be handheld. The toilet has grab bars.
The bath in Pinion is a standard tub/shower with a shower curtain. It can be equipped with a chair, which we store in the basement of the house. The shower head is also on a hose. A suction cup mountable grab bar is available to be installed as needed to assist entry/exit from the tub. The toilet has grab bars.
Our beds are tall (Santa Fe style) – but we can modify the king in Aspen by removing the box springs and we have single step foot stools to assist in each room.
All the door handles and faucets are lever style.
Guest dogs are welcome in Forest Edge with advance notice to us. The lodge is not open to your pet dog.
Service dogs fit a special category and would be welcome everywhere of course, (we would still need advance notice to accommodate). To make the distinction, a service dog is one that has been specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. (Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.) Service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered and, while not likely, the owner would be responsible for the cost of repair should any damage occur. FAQs about service animals
No specific improvements have been made in any of the buildings for the hearing or sight impaired.