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40 Acre Retreat in the Escalante Canyon

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Katie Howland 2
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Katie Howland 2

About the owners Doug, Bev, Miranda, and Katie Howland: Doug is a 35-year designer/builder who built this beautiful home. Bev, a jack-of-all-trades, has owned a health food store, opened a charter elementary school, run a motel, and managed their various properties over the years. Their youngest daughter Katie lives in Portland with her older sister Miranda. After a career in the arts, she 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 and Beverly 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 Utah

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.

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Sep 2014
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Amenities

Boulder House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft 1 - 1 twin/ single , Loft with (1) twin bed
    Loft 2 - 2 twin/ single , Loft with (2) twin beds
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
Notes:
This property is the last private in holding in the Escalante Canyons.

Reviews

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40 Acre Retreat in the Escalante Canyon
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 142 reviews
5

Gorgeous and secluded!

  • 5 of 5

Retreat in Escalante was a retreat! Great space, privacy, comfortable furniture and bed. Awesome bed linens. Clean. Minimal clutter. Fully equipped kitchen. All soaps ( kitchen, bath and laundry). Great fireplace with wood. Washer and dryer.

Kiva coffee has divine espresso.

Probably better to have initial arrival in daylight hours due to the remoteness of the house, river crossing. Attention getting st 10:00pm but doable.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house is located in the Escalante River valley midway between the towns of Escalante and Boulder. It's a remote area but the Kiva Koffeehouse is very close. One should note you do drive through the river on a concrete pad to get to the house. The water was only 3-4 inches deep while we were there but you should pay attention to the weather and park your car on the other side of the river if necessary. The property is gorgeous and one of the owners lives next door. He was a really nice guy. His daughter manages the property from another location and was a pleasure to deal with. The Master Bedroom is great. There is an additional ground floor bedroom as well. The loft beds require climbing a ladder. The deck has a great view and it's possible to do a variety of hikes right from the house. This house doesn't come cheap but if you've got the bucks you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer spot to rent anywhere along Hwy.12 or the wider area. Find the trail that leads to the top of the cliff behind the house for beautiful lighting of the rocks and trees as the sun sets.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nothing but MAGIC

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible experience it was staying at Doug and Beverly's place. The quiet canyon this house is placed in provided me with such an incredible peace and calmness. Waking up to those Red Rock views or just cooking dinner in the kitchen overlooking the area is simply magical. We can't wait to return one day to have more time to relax and experience this beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at your place. The house is beautiful, clean, well-equipped, and in a quiet location. We took daily hikes on 3 separate days that were all less than 20 minutes away. We could not have asked for anything more and highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking for a peaceful and comfortable get away. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home and excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a quiet, peaceful, relaxing location to enjoy a weekend away from home and work to celebrate our anniversary and also a business milestone. The home was comfortable, and beautiful, and the location as absolutely perfect! We had a great time, and really hope we are able to come back and do it again. We even discussed making it an annual trip! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 6 nights here and can't wait to return. It was located in a beautiful area that you don't even need to leave the house. The house is the nicest one we have ever stayed in. The workmanship is fantastic. I loved the bench seat by the large cliffs and layed there for hours just looking out at stars. We were very fortunate to meet Doug while we were there. He left us in privacy but also when we wanted we had fun chatting with him about the area, the house and life. We feel like not only did we find a wonderful place to stay we found a friend. The house has so many little extras that you don't even think of when you pack or shop. Beds are very comfortable and I slept the best I have in ages. The internet connection was very good and I was able to share my photos online with my friends easily. It is a wonderful place for photography without leaving the house. The golden hours on the rocks, the milky way. Just amazing. Our dream was to stay in this house. Now our dream is to come back to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
311 Miles
Las Vegas/Salt Lake City
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Kiva Koffee House
Nearest Point of Interest
Home
Nearest Point of Interest
Ranch Entry
Nearest Point of Interest
Kiva Coffee House
Nearest Point of Interest
Wilderness Area Boundary
Nearest Point of Interest
pictographs
Nearest Point of Interest
indian ruins
Nearest Point of Interest
phipps wash
Nearest Point of Interest
calf creek falls
Car: necessary

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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.2%

50% due upon confirmation; balance due 60 days prior to check-in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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