About the property
- House1300 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
2 Bedrooms + Lofts (Sleeps 4), 2 Bath House on 40 Acres in Escalante Canyon
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 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.
Katie Howland 2
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Katie Howland 2
About the owners Doug, Miranda, and Katie Howland: Doug is a 35-year designer/builder who built this beautiful home. His youngest daughter Katie lives in Portland with her older sister Miranda. After a career in the arts, Katie now manages the family’s properties. They built the house over a 7-year period in the late 90’s, commuting 7 hours each way from their home in Arizona. Doug now migrate between their properties in Arizona, Utah, and Hawaii. They like to hike, horseback ride, ski, practice yoga, whitewater raft, dance, and travel in their free time. They also have vacation rentals in the town of Sedona in Northern Arizona and on the North Shore of Kauai.
Katie Howland 2 purchased this House in 1993
Why Katie Howland 2 chose Boulder
Doug came across this property in the early '90s. He 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.
What makes this House unique
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.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fantastic House Perfectly Located for Hiking in Grand Staircase Escalante
We stayed for five days in May 2018 and were thrilled with everything about the accommodations. We drove in from Phoenix and stopped in Flagstaff to grocery shop. Therefore, we were able to cook all dinners at the house which had everything needed. We also packed lunches for hiking. Our first hike was just down the road on Route 12 from the house, Escalante River Trail where we hiked to a natural bridge and an arch. Much fun crossing the river about 6 times. Bring water shoes! We enjoyed the Anasazi Museum in Bolder and then hiked to the Lower Falls to a spectacular waterfall at Calfs Creek. Then we started doing slot canyons. First we did Zebra and then Peek a Boo and Spooky. These were very difficult and we hiked some 9 to 10 miles each day and navigating the narrow slots was vigorous, but amazingly fun! Returning to the beautiful house each day to shower, cook, and relax was just heaven! My only regret is we ran out of time to do more!!!
Perfect seclusion, incredible views!
My only regret with booking this house was that we didn't stay a little bit longer. Views everywhere. From the kitchen, the reading nook, bedrooms, and best of all... the deck. Warm, cozy interiors make it perfect for relaxation. The kitchen is well equipped, and conducive for those who like to cook. The use of space in this house blew us away, and gave us ideas for our own. Loved it, and will return one day.
Private canyon with gorgeous views in all directions
Wonderful home in a gorgeous private canyon. Loved the window seat, all the windows, and the lofts. Hiked out the front door. Had an espresso at Kiva Koffee up the road. Dinner in Boulder at Hells Backbone Grill.
Amazing house and property in the heart of the canyons
We have been making plans to visit this property for five years. We stayed in the owner’s Kauai cottage on our honeymoon 15 years ago and when we discovered their Escalante property we knew we had to visit someday with our kids.
This quiet and private escape was the perfect break for our family while we traveled to complete the Grand Circle of National Parks and many other adventures. It’s a gorgeous home with views in every direction. We hiked to Maverick and Phipps Arch from our front door.
Katie was super responsive and very helpful.
We hope to come back again someday.
Wish we were still there...
This was our third spring break in the Escalante area in 3 years - and by far the best house we've stayed at. We will be back! The house is nestled in a canyon with a grove of cottonwood trees. We'd driven past it before and thought it was lovely, never guessing we'd be so lucky as to stay there some day. Many visitors stop to photograph this spot from above. The location is perfect for accessing Escalante, Hole in the Rock Road, Boulder and Cannonville. The national parks are within reach, but why bother with crowds when you have the national monument? There is so much to do in the area that even after a week we could have stayed longer. Even better, the house's location is so charming that we wanted to get back after hiking to sit on the deck and enjoy the view. We were a family with 3 kids - ages 8, 11, and 14. The older kids loved staying in the lofts - they felt like they had their own space despite the relatively compact house. Thanks so much for a fantastic trip!
What a cool house! And what an amazing place. It was so relaxing and beautiful.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$293.50 standard and $283 winter rate is for 2 person occupancy. Each addition person will be charged $35 per person per night. If you pay via eCheck instead of credit card we will offer you a 3% discount on our nightly rate ($285 standard and $275 winter rate). We can also split payment into multiple installments if need be.