Cross Creek Ranch (the property) is part of a 160 acre private in holding in the heart of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, seated halfway between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. Located where Scenic Highway 12 ('The Golden Loop') crosses the Escalante River, it is the hiking trail head to the renowned Escalante Canyons. The main home and guest house (see vrbo.com/652481) are the only structures on the last 40 acres downriver before 75 miles of wilderness area that runs all the way to Lake Powell.
This getaway is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath river front home tucked in between large cottonwood shade trees with views on all sides of the Escalante Canyon, meadows, cliffs, and river. The 1300 sq. ft. house sits in a lush riparian oasis surrounded by 600 ft. sandstone cliffs. Hike from the front door to first class scenic wonders.
The 16x28 ft. great room has 15 ft. cathedral ceilings with a massive stone fireplace and a 4x16 ft. built-in window seat. Magnificent views can be seen from the fully equipped kitchen with concrete counter tops, cherry wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom with a king bed has a glass wall view of a 200 ft. slick rock pour off, and a glass mosaic tile shower. Beautiful canyon and meadow views can be seen from the second bedroom (queen bed) as well as the spacious 8x30 ft. deck. The home has excellent wi-fi and no TV. A high clearance vehicle is preferable for the concreted low-water river crossing (generally 1 ft. deep).
The $275 per night rate is based on 2 persons.
Doug and Bev Howland- Doug is a 35 year designer/builder who built the house. Bev has started and run a health food store, a charter elementary school, and a motel, and manages the property. They built the house over a 7 year period commuting 7 hours each way. Doug and Bev have two daughters on the West Coast. They also like to hike, horseback ride, ski, practice yoga, white water raft, and travel.
Beverly Howland purchased this house in 1993
Doug and Bev came across this property in the early '90s. They fell in love with it not only for its beauty, but also because it is both accessible and secluded with the Escalante River flowing through it.
There are many amazing natural wonders right out the front door and within an hour's drive (see above). Look for deer and wild turkey in the meadow in the mornings and evenings and watch the cloud shadows change over the canyon walls. Head up or down the canyon into rugged wilderness, and return home to comfort.
What a joy it was to stay in your fabulous home in the middle of a glorious spot away, literally, from it all.
Richard and our non-children (James 28 and Chris 30) enjoyed days of hiking, while I enjoyed days in glorious solitude reading and working on music. Everything was perfect!
My family just returned from 5 nights at this house and thoroughly enjoyed it. A lovely setting next to the Escalante River with cliffs on both sides. The house is well appointed and we enjoyed grilling out one night. Beverly, the owner, was very easy to arrange the rental with and we will definitely be returning!
My husband and I enjoyed 6 nights in this wonderful home, which sits 100 yards or so from the Escalante River. As former residents of the nearby town of Boulder, we know the area well and wanted this return visit to be meaningful. We chose this home because its location is central for accessing some of our favorite hiking destinations in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument -- literally from the front door. The home is as lovely and clean as it appears in the photos, warmed with radiant heated floors, and bright with floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen was well equipped and was a delightful place to cook and appreciate the views. We enjoyed the deck every evening, watching the last light on the glowing cottonwoods. And after dark, the moon was even viewable from the large skylight above the master bed. This home has two bedrooms, but offers two sleeping lofts (ideal for teenagers) and in the living room, the long and deep "window seat" is really two additional twin beds, foot to foot! The bathrooms are pleasant enough, but the guest bathroom is the larger of the two. Overall, it was a great stay, and a place we hope to return to for a family reunion with our adult children.
amazing location, fun to get to, private, fun to stay at. My kids absolutely loved the lofts and the river crossing to get to the house. Owners were welcoming and helpful. beats any other options in the area hands down
We have stayed in scores of VRBOs, and this one is the best by far for our interests. The surrounding area (for hundreds of miles) is spectacular and this was enhanced significantly by the house itself. it is beautiful from every angle, inside and out, and is nicely furnished and equipped. The view of the deck is pretty and peaceful. We happened to be there on a full moon, and will never forget the vision of the moonlit red sandstone walls behind the house visible through the wall of windows and large skylight in the master bedroom.
The description of the house is accurate, and the photos give only a sense of what it is like being there. The owners, who were staying nearby, were extremely nice and helpful, and the house is filled with useful information about the region. We thoroughly enjoyed the Lower Calf Creek hike (more of a walk; 6.2 miles RT to a beautiful waterfall), the Harris Wash hike (off of the Hole-in-the-Rock road) and both the upper and lower trails in The Box off of the Hell's Backbone road. The small towns of Boulder and Escalante are interesting, and the latter has a decent grocery store and a small liquor store (closed on Sundays). We heard from several people that some of the local restaurants are quite good, but we cooked in every night.
This house is the perfect intersection of location and accommodation.
This is a truly unique property, nestled between the picturesque Escalante River and dramatic red rock cliffs. The spacious and sun-dappled deck looks out over a meadow of wildflowers. The last house before a 70-mile riverine wilderness leading down to Lake Powell, it is an architectural gem featuring walls of glass and two enchanting lofts. We found it spotless, with comfy furniture and a well-stocked kitchen. The Internet connection, awfully slow at first, worked well (if not particularly fast) once we reset the wifi router. The owners, who occupy a nearby house, are very congenial, available if needed but very respectful of renters' privacy. From your front door you can walk for miles both upstream and down, including to one natural bridge, one sandstone arch, and one major gallery of Anasazi petroglyphs and pictographs. Beautiful Lower Calf Creek Falls are nearby. This is one of the most privileged residential locations in the entire U.S. -- and the house fully meets the challenge of occupying such a dramatic site. Bravo!
Beautiful home on an amazing property nestled in the cliffs of the gorgeous Escalante Canyon. We had high expectations after seeing the pictures and reading the reviews and this property and location lives up to its billing - and then some! We loved looking through the shelves and shelves of books to help us plan our hiking days in Escalante, enjoyed sitting on the porch each night as the sun set, and the Cream Cellar Road Trail right out the front door was a delight. It seems the owners have thought of everything! From all of the details and supplies in the house itself to the directions and odds/ends that helped us quickly settle in, the visit was fantastic. This is a place I'd definitely visit again!
From The Front Door: Premier Southwest riparian/slickrock hiking and riding, Lower Calfcreek Falls, Upper Calfcreek Falls, Escalante Arch, Bowington Arch, Phipps Arch, Petroglyphs/Pictographs, trout fishing, 1000 year old Indian ruins, Kiva Koffee House.
Within One Hour From The Front Door: Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Slot Canyons (Peek a Boo, Brimstone, and Spooky), Hole in the Rock/Colorado River, Devil’s Garden, Hell's Backbone scenic loop, Burr Trail scenic road, Anasazi State Park & Museum, Kodachrome State Park, Hell’s Backbone Grill,
Available Activities: guided expeditions, horseback riding, fly fishing/fishing, hunting.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning Fee||$120 + Tax|
50% due upon confirmation; balance due 60 days prior to check-in
50% required at time of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to check in.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.