The area was first settled by loggers and ranchers around 1900, and some deserted homesteads are still strewn throughout the mountain landscape. A guest ranch, trading post and nearby restaurants provide visitors with all of the comforts of a fine vacation, a romantic getaway or a full week for the entire family. Guests will find a number of additional lodging options, including B&Bs, rental cabins, RV parks and campgrounds. A gallery and antique store are also tucked in the shadows of this scenic mountain community.
One unique attraction near Red Feather Lakes is the Shambhala Mountain Center, a Buddhist retreat that hosts meditation sessions, educational programs and contemplative conferences. The center is also home to North America's largest stupa. Open to sightseers of any religion, the dramatic 108-foot temple-like structure represents the aspiration for peace, harmony and equanimity for all beings.