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Convenient to the Grand Canyon, AZ Snowbowl and much more! Stunning views.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Mountain Getaway with spectacular views

*** All Nationalities Welcome! ***

The Mountain Star is located in the heart of the Coconino National Forest along the San Francisco Peaks scenic corridor between the mountain town of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. This spectacular and convenient location sets The Mountain Star apart from Williams and other rural locations. It can be rented for as little as 2 days, but is ideal for longer stays. See my personal site for lots of handy information at:

The Mountain Star is less than one hour’s drive from the Grand Canyon’s main entrance, and if you don’t want to drive yourself, a local tour company van will pick you up directly from this property. So enjoy the Grand Canyon and then leave the heat and crowds behind to enjoy your very own mountain retreat!

The Mountain Star, located at an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) on 5 beautiful acres and backed by National Forest land, offers breath-taking natural beauty, expansive views, direct and easy access to nature, boundless outdoor activities (nature walks and hikes, biking, climbing, etc.) and a spectacular night sky. It is a sanctuary for inspiration, relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation, as well as being perfectly situated for outdoor fun and adventure. Its spacious, 2nd-story wrap-around deck with picnic table, chairs and chiminea (outdoor fireplace) provides for unparalleled enjoyment of the mountain air and scenery.

Experience seeing the sun breach the horizon every morning and evening, moon rises and moon-sets too. When is the last time you let a mountain breeze, the expansive play of earth light and shadow, nature’s panorama and the rich senses of the moment guide your day of thoughts and activity? The Mountain Star offers this to you and your loved ones on a daily basis.

The Mountain Star is completely wind and sun powered (with an automatic propane generator backup system). During the warmer months, the home is 'air conditioned' with refreshing mountain air using the operable windows that are in every room of the house, ceiling fans throughout and the operable window blinds throughout...and nights are always refreshingly cool in the warmest of summertime. During the colder months, the Mountain Star stays warm with 3 radiant heaters, a gas 'fire place' and a very efficient, living room pellet stove.

All outdoor photographs on this site were taken directly from the living room or leisure deck of The Mountain Star.

In addition to all the usual, full home amenities, this resort home offers:

• Spacious, 2nd-story wrap-around deck with picnic table, chairs and chiminea (outdoor fireplace) as well as a fire pan (an alternate form of an outdoor fireplace). Cut and split wood provided.

• Over one acre of fenced “backyard”

• Pet friendly (See rental agreement)

• Children welcome

• Large outdoor campfire pit stocked with wood

• Cellular internet present for most major carriers

• Music and exercise fun loft equipped with a full drum set, congas and an acoustic guitar! Also: an elliptical trainer and dumbbells.

• Spectacular star and moon viewing

• Living room pellet stove

• Outdoor Horseshoes game

• Whole house audio system including the outside deck

• Easy hookup of your smart phone or ipod to the home’s central sound system

• Satellite Radio

• Well-stocked DVD library

• Craft and hobby room

• Remote controlled living room skylight

• Large flat screen tv with Kinect Xbox 360. •

• A book library including Spiritual, Self-help, Poetry and Daily Inspirational readings, as well as fiction, local hiking and wildlife guides.

• A remote-controlled “Mountain Master” bedroom fireplace

• A large soaking tub with National Forest view

• Board games and inspirational card decks

• Yoga Mats

• Mountain drinking water

• Incense

• Coffee, Teas, cooking oils, spices.

• Well-equipped kitchen and pantry

• Several hiking day packs

• Several sets of hiking poles

• Propane barbecue

• Mountain days and nights!

Some local attractions (approximate drive times)

• Grand Canyon - 1 Hour

• Flagstaff – 25 minutes

• Arizona Snowbowl - 20 Minutes (scenic sky rides and access to high mountain trails)

• Bearizona - 45 Minutes

• Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course - 30 Minutes

• Lake Mary - 45 Minutes

• Lava River Cave - 15 minutes

• Walnut Canyon National Monument - 45 Minutes

• Oak Creek Canyon - 45 Minutes

• Wupatki National Monument - 45 Minutes

• Sedona - 1 Hour

• Meteor Crater - 1 Hour

• Sunset Crater National Monument - 1 Hour

• Monument Valley - 3 Hours

• Vertical Relief Rock Climbing - 25 minutes

• Lake Powell – 2.5 hours

• Red Mountain – 10 minutes

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have, including such things as packing tips, activity ideas, planning help, etc. I will share my phone number via email. I am happy to provide you website links that describe the attractions listed above. Also, I can provide you with recommended website links for the following:

• Grand Canyon tours and hiking excursions

• Mountain bike rental and guided tours (very nearby)

• Wedding and honeymoon planning

• Local Yoga lessons/classes

• Hiking in Northern Arizona

• Scenic Drives in Northern Arizona

I have lived in the Flagstaff area for over 25 years and know the area well. I warmheartedly invite you to experience the joy, convenience and inspiration of The Mountain Star Resort!

*** Responsible and loving adults only…with or without their children :) ***

More Details

Rob Dutton
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, un poco de Espanol
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Rob Dutton

Hi, my name is 'Flagstaff' Rob Dutton. I am a photographer and musician formerly masquerading as a computer system's analyst. I enjoy meeting people from around the world and have always been an internationalist by nature and upbringing. I am enthusiastic about life and wholeheartedly believe that nature and natural beauty nurture the soul and aid creative and spiritual growth. My enthusiasm for life is directly fueled by my vision and creation of “The Mountain Star”. I designed her and completed construction in 2009. I enlisted a true craftsman to help me build. 'Inspired living' was my guiding principle for the location and design. She was built with lots of love and perseverance, and it excites me to share with others what “The Mountain Star” has to offer.

Why Rob Dutton chose Arizona

The Mountain Star sits in a rare and amazing location. It has the beauty and openness of a remote mountain location yet is only 20 miles from the key regional center and resort town of Flagstaff. It is easily accessed via a well-maintained and beautiful, undivided 2-lane highway (AZ 180) that exists almost exclusively to provide thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. The Mountain Star’s five acres are part of an area known as Kendrick Park, a 180-acre private land “island” in the middle of the Coconino National Forest (the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in North America). The home itself is directly backed by the national forest.

What makes this house unique

I believe this home offers the most beautiful and panoramic views available in Northern Arizona. The home’s extensive windowing was designed specifically for the views. The home directly faces the beautiful San Francisco Peaks to the south, Kendrick Mountain to the west, Saddle Mountain to the east and forested hills to the north. Though easily accessed, it is completely ”off-the-grid” and is powered by the sun and the wind. At 2,438 meters (8,000 feet) of elevation, the night sky is glorious.


Flagstaff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Sunset Master - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet
    Mountain Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large tub, Italian tile surround, with forest viewing window
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Sunset Master - 1 queen , Separate entry door and deck. Full, attached bathroom.
    The Mountain Master - 1 king , large soaking tub, remote controlled gas fireplace
    The Peak Room - 2 double , Third-floor cozy. Accessed via a loft ladder.
  • All bedrooms include ceiling fans. The Mountain Master and Sunset Master are connected to the home's central music sound system and have independent volume controls.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
Although the house does not offer WIFI, cellular internet signal is within range for most carriers (especially Verizon and AT&T), so those with smart phones or cellular hotspots will have internet capability. Please see property overview for a richer list of amenities and other area attractions and provisions. More than 6 guests will be considered on a case by case basis and if accepted does require extra fee payment.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(97 traveler reviews)

Convenient to the Grand Canyon, AZ Snowbowl and much more! Stunning views.
average rating of 4.9793816 based on 97 reviews

The pictures don't do it justice

  • 5 of 5

Rob runs a beautiful and amazingly well equipped cabin. While just staying at the cabin would make for a great vacation, the Grand Canyon and Arizona Snow Bowl are also nearby, providing plenty of options for a perfect getaway.

Finally, Rob really puts in effort to stay in communication, which I appreciated. I hope to get a chance to visit the Mountain Star again soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The place is beautiful. The beds were so comfortable. The fire places are perfect. The bathtub with the view is unreal. Lots of local hiking that was amazing. Grand Canyon about 45 minutes away. Red Mountain was a great hike with surreal views from inside the canyon.

All of Robs suggestions were right on.

Stop in flagstaff before you get to home. Get Beverages and some food. Makes little easier. Round trip to Grocery store about hour and a half.

Hope to stay there again was a perfect 10. Thanks Rob Aloha Joe

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Breathtaking getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spent 3 nights here with our family as a jumping off point for local adventures. We explored the Grand Canyon as well as Antelope Canyon and neither were a bad drive. The house has a very warm welcoming vibe with amazing views on all sides. Mornings were spent with open windows enjoying the sunrise over the mountains. Evening were campfires with s'mores and starry skies. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 days at the Mountain Star and it was the perfect getaway!

Rob sent us a great summary of the area beforehand so we knew exactly what to expect going from Houston to Flagstaff. He met with us on arrival to go over the property and recommended local areas to explore.

We spent our nights staring up at millions of stars up above. The view of the mountain is like nothing I've ever seen before! Pictures really don't do it justice, it's really awe-inspiring to see in person.

For the house, there is a full kitchen with everything we needed for our meals. The beds were comfortable and we really enjoyed the whole-home speaker system. The temperature dropped down below freezing but the heaters worked well to keep the rooms nice and toasty. We were a little nervous with the pilot light but Rob walked us through it when we arrived so we didn't have any issues!

The balcony wraps around the house and has multiple ways to access it. I was downstairs and woke up early to watch the sun rise, and I was able to go out the bedroom door and up to the balcony without disturbing anyone sleeping upstairs.

The Grand Canyon is less than an hour away as stated on the website. While we really enjoyed seeing it and the Painted Desert, I think next time we will spend a lot more time close to the Mountain Star because it's worth the trip just to be there.

Before I stayed here I would have told you my favorite place in the world was Fredericksburg TX. After this vacation, I might actually move to Flagstaff myself some day. Rob is very knowledgeable about the area and friendly as anyone I've ever met. The Mountain Star resort holds a very special place in my heart and I will definitely return for a week in the near future.

Thank you for opening your home to us, we loved it and could not have asked for a better place to stay for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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exceeded my expectations

  • 5 of 5

It was the first time I ever did something like this and will definitely be seeing Rob again in the future. His place is amazing with beautiful views and easy access to everything we want to do. He was very informative about how everything works and taking that extra time to make everything perfect. Thanks again and can't wait till next time.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Great Home, Views and Location!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mountain Star. Rob is very detailed oriented as well as very responsive! He ensured we knew at check in everything there is to know about the home and also helped us plan out our activities for our family. We had a tour company pick up right up at the house to give us a tour of the GC, we also took in Sedona (Pink Jeep Tours), and had a day on the slopes at the Arizona Snow bowl.... Great Stay!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Flagstaff Train Station
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Arizona Snowbowl
Car: recommended

Beautiful ponderosa pine and aspen forest easily accessible (unless closed for snow) by well-maintained forest service roads. Beauty all around!


Rates & Availability

Flagstaff House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend 2017
May 26 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Independence Day 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Years 2017/18
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

I have a 2-night minimum. My rate drops for 7 or more nights ($1795/week). There is a $35 charge per person per day for over 6 guests provided that the larger party size has been approved. There is a $15 charge/day for approved pets(s) (see rental agreement).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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