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40 Acre Retreat in the Escalante Canyon

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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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Beverly Howland
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Beverly Howland

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

Why Beverly Howland 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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40 Acre Retreat in the Escalante Canyon
average rating of 5.0 based on 127 reviews

Met all of our expectations and more! Beautiful!!!

  • 5 of 5

I didn't want to post a review, as I wanted to keep this house a secret. But it looks like the secret is out! Three of us spent 5 nights here as our base for exploring one of our favorite areas in Utah. After a day of adventure we were excited to get back to the house and cook a gourmet dinner and enjoy the gorgeous views of the canyon. And the dark skies made it ideal for night time star photography. Everything about the house was beautiful and we really appreciated the design elements. We didn't discover the 2nd loft for 3 days! If you are squeamish about crossing a shallow river in your car (especially during monsoon season) - this may not be the house for you. (The crossing actually has a concrete base to drive on.) But as long as Beverly and Doug continue to share this beautiful home with others, we will return again and again.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

The property and home was beautiful. The canyon was so quiet too. There was a full moon during our visit, and it was really nice how it lit the whole canyon area. I was hoping for some more star gazing opportunities. They would be amazing depending on the weather.

We had a truck and had no problems getting across the creek, but we did hike the path from the main road just in case there was rain in the area. While staying there, we visited Capital Reef, Bryce, and Grand Staircase parks. Great hiking in all of them.

My one suggestion is on directions. After the neighbors house and their barn, there is one more house, and then go to the end of the road for the next one. Thanks Doug & Beverly :)

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington UT USA

Tranquil getaway

  • 5 of 5

Two couples overnighted at the house, and it was definitely a hit with all. One of the guests is a builder and continually marveled at the beautiful construction and design of the house. As we drove down the secluded lane to the house our excitement grew as we entered the lush greenery of the canyon. It was like taking a deep relaxing breath after a stressful day. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen well appointed and the home clean and well cared for. Can we say enough about the view? Dinner on the deck was delightful as twilight descended on the canyon. We woke to sun bathing the red rock and cool, fragrant morning air. The owners were more than accommodating as we communicated about payment etc. Only wish we'd had more time to talk to Doug about the house he built. Want to get away and relax? This is the perfect place to wind down, or put your feet up before you take off on an adventure. Loved every minute!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best home we have rented so far - Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting homes on VRBO for several years. This home was definitely the best. We loved this calm and remote place in the midst of the nature. We have met Doug who is the builder and owner of the house and learned about all the efforts they have made to turn this piece of land into a vacation home. The house has an exceptional architecture with many nice details and design features. You find everything you need.

Beverly and Doug are both very nice and did their best to make our stay a positive experience.

We can definitely recommend this home.

Thank you very much

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved watching the stars while laying on the comfy bed in a cold cold winter night, we loved the morning chill while waking up in the early sunshine, we loved crossing the calf creek while watching stream passing the tires. Thank you Beverly and Doug!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home--amazing country

  • 5 of 5

The other laudatory reviews are right on. This home is truly an exceptional place to stay if you are visiting the Southern Utah canyon lands around Escalante--which are, in my opinion, one of the wonders of the world. If you want complete solitude, away from the tourists and the road, truly off the beaten track, you couldn't do better. One of the best hikes I took was out the front door, up a long abandoned "road" for wagons that delivered milk from Boulder (higher altitude) down to Escalante. Walk it and you will find yourself in an enchanted place. You might also just want to hang out. My friend and I did both, including long hours in front of a warm fire. The house is gorgeous, well-stocked, the beds super-comfy and the view from the deck is southwest serene. Bev and Doug are generous and friendly hosts. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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Ranch Entry
Nearest Point of Interest
Kiva Coffee House
Nearest Point of Interest
Wilderness Area Boundary
Nearest Point of Interest
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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.


Rates & Availability

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.

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Boulder House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 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
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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
This property is the last private in holding in the Escalante Canyons.

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