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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:
June 26, 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

Escalante House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • 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

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

40 Acre Retreat in the Escalante Canyon
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 134 reviews
5

Surrounded by Beauty

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed every moment of our trip to this beautiful home in a peaceful valley right on the Escalante River. The views from the big picture windows were amazing along with the great deck to enjoy perfect weather. I'll definitely be back to explore all the canyons we didn't have time to get to.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Stunning retreat in Escalante wilderness

  • 4 of 5

I celebrated my 40th birthday here with my friends and family...and enjoyed the solitude, beauty and location very much. We came prepared with supplied and groceries to spend our down time relaxing. The kitchen is supplied with everything we needed to do so.

The hike to Phipp's Arch is about 6 miles round trip from the front door, there are interesting petroglyphs across the road above the Escalante trailhead, and Lower Calf Creek falls trail is just up the road. This was great access for not spending a lot of time in the car every day.

Our other adventures took us to Bryce cabin and down Hole in the Rock Road to Peekaboo and Spooky.

The beds were comfy, although we had a daddy long legger issue that kept most of us awake at night. The views out every window are fantastic al day and especially by moonlight. Wireless service was reliable and the house phone came in super handy. Great spot to really enjoy Utah wilderness!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello April, I am happy to hear you enjoyed the house and location for your birthday. Though I am so sorry about the the intrusion of daddy long legs. Right after seeing your comments we got the exterminators out to the house and handled the issue. We have never had this issue before, and will make sure to keep an eye out so it will not happen again. I regret that this in any way effected your stay and hope you will stay with us again.
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Keaau, Hawai'i
5

Nature TV, from the lanai...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 5 nights at this lovely estate, and found ourselves landing in bliss the moment we arrived. The house is perfectly accommodating, for the guests as well as the cottonwoods that the deck (and roofline) are built around. If you are a hiker, you'll quickly find no better spot to start your trek from, with the main Escalante trail directly across the valley, and as many slot canyons as you can possibly imagine, in both directions. Arriving 'home' after your hike is simply the best; it's as if you've never left the trail, but now you have a comfortable chair and a glass of wine. We also really enjoyed the literature available, as it helped us bone up on our history and geography of the area. Beverly is a most wonderful host and helpful with any questions we had. We feel honored, truly, to have landed in this sacred nature space, and are incredibly grateful to her and her family for sharing it. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, CO
5

Perfect Escalante Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We hiked in this area previously and thought we saw houses in this canyon- they looked so perfect. We were delighted to find them on VRBO. Our week here was so wonderful. So peaceful and quiet. The home is very comfortable. Beds extremely comfortable. The kitchen equipped to make pretty much anything you want. Watching the sun come over the cliff tops in the morning, sitting on the fantastic window seat with an up close view of a red rock wall, sitting on the deck and looking towards the river- so easy to while away the day. Close to hiking trails. Just plain awesome. Owners are great. Can't wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very comfortable house to come home to!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to come home to at the end of the day - especially if you've spent time in Sedona hiking, sightseeing, etc. A nice place to bring an easel, paint brushes, oil paints and a blank canvas and spend the day painting outside.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, UT
5

The last homely house

  • 5 of 5

This is really an amazing house; I've rented many places in southern utah, and this is definitely the place I'd return to first. The most exceptional thing is the location; the very last home before 40 miles of wilderness canyon along the Escalante river leading to the colorado river. We walked from the house to Phipps Arch which (apart from a river ford) was an easy and incredibly beautiful hike. Watching the sun rise on the canyon walls in the morning is something I won't forget. The house itself is very well appointed -- my 5 yo daughter loved the hidden bedrooms, and the kitchen is a pleasure to cook in (although there is no microwave, and our fruit did get a few mouse nibbles overnight). Hope to get a chance to return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home and thank you for sending copies of the amazing night time photos you took, they are beautiful. You are extremely talented. It was unfortunate you need not contact us about the microwave. We do have one at the house, it is located in the pantry to the left of the refrigerator. Thank you for letting us know about the mouse, we caught him the night you left : )
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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

Escalante House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$275
$1,925
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

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

50% required at time of booking. 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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