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Breathtaking views near Grand Canyon and much more. Peaceful. Helpful Owner!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 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 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 an outdoor fireplace. Cut and split wood provided.

• Over one acre of fenced “backyard”

• Dog friendly (See rental agreement)

• Children welcome

• Large outdoor campfire pit stocked with wood


• Music and exercise fun loft equipped with a full drum set 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

• 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

• 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 - 30 Minutes (scenic sky rides and access to high mountain trails)

• Bearizona - 1 Hour

• Lake Mary - 45 Minutes

• Lava River Cave - 15 minutes

• Walnut Canyon National Monument - 1 hour

• Oak Creek Canyon - 45 Minutes

• Wupatki National Monument - 1 hour

• Sedona - 1 Hour

• Meteor Crater - 1+ Hour

• Sunset Crater National Monument - 1 Hour

• Monument Valley - 3+ Hours

• Vertical Relief Rock Climbing - 30 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 30 years and know the area well. I warm heartedly 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:
February 14, 2018

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 Flagstaff

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:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • 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 ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • 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
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 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
More than 6 guests will be considered on a case by case basis and if accepted does require extra fee payment.


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Breathtaking views near Grand Canyon and much more. Peaceful. Helpful Owner!
average rating of 4.981132 based on 106 reviews

Great location, views and many amenities. Property owner extremely helpful. Night sky awesome.

  • 5 of 5

If you enjoy hiking the wilderness this property offers you a perfect midpoint to a great many very scenic trails. We did not mind the commute to town for groceries and eats. Owners insights were on the mark. Our family, with our young adult kids had a great stay at mountain star. Would return again.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain Star Memories

  • 5 of 5

What a special place! We stayed at the Mountain Star in December 2017. I corresponded many times with Rob, the owner, asking questions, and getting his input. He was always quick to reply, friendly, and helpful. He proved to be an exceptional host from the start, by meeting us at the house. He gave us an informative tour, and provided instructions on how to use the pellet stove, etc.

There are so many pros re this house ( I call it a home, because it felt like home right from the start). But, here are the major pros:

-books and DVDs

-drum set for the musically inclined

-kitchen extremely well stocked ( spices, butter, s'more makings, etc)

-views are awesome. One really feels secluded.

-misc items provided: backpacks, flashlights, first aid kits, hats, coats, cooler,binoculars, craft room, and more

-owners photography throughout

We have stayed at many vrbo/homeaway cabins and houses throughout the years, and I have to say that this visit proved to be one of the best experiences we have ever had!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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The Mountain Star was a most delightful home. we just loved it from top to bottom.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed all the preparation and details for making this home a perfect vacation place. Rob had all aspects of the visiting, hiking, touristing, nature watching and enjoying wrapped up in a delightfully environmentally sound package. We liked all the personal touches and conveniences that he offered. We will recommend the Mountain Star to others. Being "Off the Grid" really appealed to us. We loved our stay!!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Mountain Star: Wonderful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

The mountain Star is a pleasant , spacious home. It is well appointed with all that is necessary for comfortable living and more.

The owner is a photographer and his work is displayed throughout the house to effect.

The Mountain Star is conveniently located about an hour's drive south of the grand canyon and 30 minutes north of Sedona. The closest town at which to shop, Flagstaff, is about 20 minutes drive away.

There are lots of walking trails in the area and the owner of the Mountain Star provides helpful guides to the trails.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Better than 5 stars.

  • 5 of 5

Rob's home is an expression of respect for nature and beauty. There's a vibe of hominess that makes you feel like you're staying at a friend's place not a rental. It's a place of solitude, peacefulness and zen and the view is spectacular beyond words. It is clean, comfortable, well crafted and well cared for. We booked the Mountain Star for our family of 5- parents and daughters aged 15, 18 and 21. The space was perfect for us and the house was stocked with every amenity we needed. The loft ladder is steep and something to consider if the people you'd put up there are afraid of heights but my girls found it fun and exciting. The house was a great base not only for the Grand Canyon but for Sedona and Page as well. Rob has an amazing array of recommendations for local excursions and he really takes the time to make sure you're acclimated to the house. His attention to detail is top notch and he's very easy to reach with questions. I recommend the Mountain Star with heartfelt enthusiasm and hope it's in our stars to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Surrounded by natural beauty

  • 5 of 5

After reading previous reviews, my expectations for the Mountain Star were very high coming in, and even then were greatly exceeded. Rob is a such a welcoming host, and provided a wealth of information regarding things to do in the area. We took his advice, and were rewarded at Shoshone Point, Red Mountain, and the Lava River Cave.

There were only 3 of us - 2 adults and my 9 year old son, yet the stay was well worth it. The views are breathtaking and it really feels as though you are staying at the home of a relative - so many nice touches. Rob has truly thought of everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Flagstaff Visitor Center
Lowell Observatory
Oak Creek Canyon
Red Rock State Park
Coconino National Forest
"I provide personal hiking and activity guides to my favorite Coconino Forest locations with ..."
Walnut Canyon
Sunset Crater Volcano
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Lava River Cave
"I provide information in my personal guide "
Wupatki National Monument
"in my personal activities guide"
Pink Jeep Tours
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $300

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 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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