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A Wildlife Haven On The N Fork of the Colorado River Bordering Rocky Mountain Na

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Loft - 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-10

Welcome to 'Hills Hideaway,' a 4,000 sq. ft. timeless hand hewn log home (built in 2000) which will give you ultimate mountain comfort and ambience for your 'grand scale' Grand Lake Vacation! Located in the 'heart of nature' on 2 acres stretching along the banks of the winding headwaters of the Colorado River and Rocky Mountain National Park. We designed our home to fully appreciate the splendor of mountain living by 'bringing the outdoors in' with lots of 8' tempered glass windows and doors for maximum viewing, A 21' vaulted ceiling, and numerous skylights throughout to give a light and open feeling.

Bedrooms : Each bedroom has its own private bath which makes this home ideal for up to 3 couples. The Master Bedroom (with King bed) and the 'Aspen Bedroom' (with queen bed) are located on the main floor. The 'Star Gazing Bedroom' (with queen bed) is located upstairs and has banks of skylights for optimal viewing of stars and galaxies. This room has a private deck. All bedrooms have incredible views of the river and RMNP, the meadows, or mountains. 'Bears Den' Loft (with 2 pullout full bed futons) sleeps 4 - ideal for younger children/teens. Has a great sitting/viewing deck.

Kitchen & dining: The Gourmet Kitchen on the main floor has slab granite countertops, Viking appliances throughout, including a gas 4 burner range with built-in griddle, ceramic Dacor cooktop and brass bar sink in the 8' granite center island, 2 ovens, dishwasher, microwave, SubZero refrigerator and is fully equipped for a most memorable culinary experience. Dining area, off kitchen, seats 8 at table + 4 bar stools at center island.

20' X 20' rear deck: Located off the great room overlooking the Colorado River into RMNP. The deck has tables and chairs to seat 8 with an umbrella along with multiple lounge chairs and glider. Gas Webber BBQ grill + Webber charcoal grill. Hammock off deck.

Outdoor activities: Horse Shoes provided, wildlife

viewing, campfire with log seats(be sure a burning ban is not in effect because of dry conditions). We have a great wood picnic table close to the campfire area. Help yourself to the wood. Evening time is a great time to enjoy a good campfire. Be sure to put the fire out with water when done!

If you are looking for a 'little slice of heaven,' a tastefully decorated, relaxing retreat, and ready to enjoy 'getting up close and personal' watching wildlife, you will enjoy our home. At anytime you may see a moose and baby strolling by our rear deck or elk or deer playing in the meadow or cooling off in the river. There is a well traveled game trail from RMNP crossing the river into our meadow. You can watch chipmunks, a variety of mountain birds including Mountain and Black Capped Chickadees, Crested Jays, Red Crossbills and lots of colorful hummingbirds daily. Our friendly Red Fox is a regular visitor and Osprey fly often up and down the river in search of trout. You may also see an occasional Bald Eagle, owl, or River Otter.

More Details

Kirk Hills
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Kirk Hills

As natives of Colorado we have been coming to Grand Lake since childhood - it's like a magnet! Having both retired from working in real estate out of the Denver Metro area for over 30 years, we have seen lots of areas and property. We searched long and hard for our perfect, peaceful location on the river backing to RMNP for our retirement dream home retreat. We so enjoy photographing the abundant wildlife, fishing and hiking in the splendid beauty and ruggedness of RMNP, yet within 10 minutes of the conveniences that Grand Lake Village has to offer. We have only shared our home previously for 2 weeks in 2010 and 2011 with vacation travelers. This summer we are offering more time and hope whoever vacations in 'Hills Hideaway' will care for and enjoy it as much as we, our family and our friends have and still do.

Kirk Hills purchased this house in 2000

Why Kirk Hills chose Rocky Mountain National Park

Why choose grand lake, 'hills hideaway', and this location: we are literally at the gateway to rocky mountain national park (RMNP)! Our home is located 5 minutes from Kawuneeche Visitors Center and the entrance to rmnp to go over trail ridge road (the highest continuous paved road in north america) elevation of 12,183 ft. - only 45 minutes to estes park. Horses for rent with scheduled trail rides are located at neighboring winding river campground. You can fish in the head waters of the Colorado river right from our property (fly/lures only - Colo.Fishing license required). Also, you can fish a private stocked lake ( a 5 minute walk) no license required - we must give you a guest badge for fishing. This is a catch and release lake, however, you can keep enough fish for your dinner. Boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boat rentals or a pontoon tour of grand lake are available at grand lake marina.

Historic grand lake village is only 10 minutes away with nostalgic board walks leading to quaint boutiques and art galleries, gift shops, ice cream and sweet shops, wonderful restaurants and top-notch live performances at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Public 18 hole Grand Lake Golf course is only 3 miles away and 3 other golf courses are within a 30 minute drive. Hot Sulphur Springs mineral baths are only 30 minutes away.

What makes this house unique

We cannot emphasize enough, the joy of getting up early each morning while having a cup of hot coffee and not knowing what animals or birds you may see. It is constant entertainment. One time we witnessed a whole herd of elk including babies and the bull running up and down the river, splashing and cooling off and playing in the river. These events will be engrained in memories of our stay at our cabin. These are the type of memories we want you to experience! Try sitting on the upper deck looking up the meadow (early morning or evening) and the wildlife does not even know of your presence - a good time to photograph!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our entire family thoroughly enjoyed "Hills Hideaway"! We have been coming to Grand Lake for over 30 years, and moose, elk, small animals and hummingbirds were more abundant around your cabin than we have ever seen anywhere else since coming out here. The grandkids really enjoyed that! It is also very relaxing having the river running along the backside - great for sleeping. We had a most memorable vacation. Thanks so much for letting us share your beautiful home for a short period of time.
Jul 2011
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Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , On main level 1 pedestal sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Main Floor Master- Marble vanity top w double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Floor - Pedestal sink + shelving for toiletries
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upstairs - vanity w 1 sink + 1 pedestal sink in shower room
  • Main Floor Master Bath w dbl doors leading from master bedroom into a posh mountain decor bathroom. A large 2 person jetted spa tub - separate glassed-in shower - large marble vanity w dbl sinks and full length mirror - lots of shelving for cosmetic cases, etc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main floor Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main Floor 'Aspen Bedroom'
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs 'Stargazing Bedroom'
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs 'Bears Den' sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms, each with own private bathrooms plus a loft area with 2 queen pull out futons (ideal for 4 children/young adults). Master Bedroom: On main level-King size bed with pillow top mattress - natural river rock floor to ceiling gas log fireplace - ceiling fan - walk-in closet - 16' X 24' room. Views of river & Rocky Mt. National Park. Aspen room: On main level - queen bed-tub/shower-pedistal sink-stool-tv-excellent wildlife viewing of meadow and mountains. Stargazing room: Upstairs - queen bed - large bank of skylights gives incredible star and galaxy views! -private sitting deck with views of mountains, river, wildlife and sunsets - ceiling fan. Bear's den: Upstairs - loft area - 2 queen pullout futons - ceiling fan - ideal for 4 children/young adults - private deck for viewing wildlife, meadow, river and sunsets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

A Wildlife Haven On The N Fork of the Colorado River Bordering Rocky Mountain Na
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 17 reviews

Perfect location

  • 4 of 5

Great house all the amenities -- lotsof wildlife-- beautiful views from all windows as well as the deck. The fishing was enjoyed by all with the 5 passes for the close pond.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Elegance!

  • 5 of 5

The house provided the perfect vacation for our family - us, our two sons, fiance and girlfriend. The home was an incredible base for us, as we loved being away from the hustle and bustle, but being only minutes away from ATVing, boat rental, town of Grand Lake, etc. . . It was very clean and well-organized. We cooked in every night utilizing the gourmet kitchen and grill. Being right on the river was so much fun, as we could fish any time we wanted even for just 15 minutes while cooking dinner. We saw moose, elk, hummingbirds, and chipmunks all right out the sliding door! The living space was very inviting and comfortable. The large table enabled us to host another four guests one night for dinner and playing cards. We truly enjoyed our time here and plan to come back again. Kirk and Melva were a pleasure to deal with. Rustic elegance is how I would describe it.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Shreveport, La

Great Family Vacation Retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful log cabin was absolutely wonderful! Warm & spacious with lots of amenities. So enjoyed watching the moose cross the river! Have never seen so many hummingbirds in one place! Very convenient to Rocky Mtn National Park....Got to go whitewater rafting & hiking. Kirk & Melva were friendly, gracious hosts. Our family had a great time. Would love to come back someday!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful property with incredible hosts and wildlife!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Kirk and Melva were incredible hosts meeting us and showing us the house. The house and property were absolutely beautiful, secluded, and very tasteful. We saw wildlife outside for hours daily, it was a joy. The hammock, deck, and river were relaxing favorites of my family. Everything imaginable in and around the house was supplied, and the thoughtfulness of all the amenities was surprising! We hope to return next summer and make this our new favorite place in Grand Lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Fabulous Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent our annual family vacation at "Hills Hideaway" in July 2015. Our family consisted of grandparents, parents and grandchildren and we all had an amazing time. The house is just as beautiful as all the previous reviewers have stated. The morning and evening visits of the moose are unforgettable. The 5 grandkids (from 1 to 15 years) favorite activity was playing and fishing in the river.

Our family has rented several VRBO vacation homes and this home by far exceedes all the others in terms of amenities and the quality of everyday necessities. We cooked all our meals for 5 days at the cabin. The cookware, dishes, knives, etc were top notch. A plethora of spices were provided along with cleaning supplies and paper products. The bed linens were heavenly!

We spent the majority of our time at the cabin and loved every minute of it!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tiawah, OK

Wonderful Home Fantastic Owners

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending a week at Hill's Hideaway with our 2 children, their spouses and 5 grandchildren. Kirk and Melva met us at the property and showed us around the home and property, recommended restaurants and filled us in on local sightseeing. We greatly appreciate their hospitality and them taking the time to make sure we were acquainted with their cabin and where to find anything we may need. The cabin is spectacular both well appointed inside and spectacular scenery outside. The grandchildren loved the daily visits from moose, elk, chipmunks and the occasional evening visit from a fox. We all enjoyed the top notch fishing in the local lake and the close proximity of the ATV trails. The town of Grand Lake is only minutes away and has a nice variety of shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this property to families looking to get away for a relaxing vacation, the cabin is fully stocked with everything needed to have a great time. Melva recommended we take the drive through Rocky Mountain National Park on Trail Ridge Road, the drive is phenomenal and well worth the $20 per car entrance fee. Thank you Melva it truly is one of the best drives in this country! This family vacation was enjoyed by all and far exceeded our expectations.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Grand Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 1
Jun 26 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Jul 11 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 2018 - May 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates subject to change depending if Holiday or special events. Confirm pricing with owner and minimum stay ( 5 day minimum stay) During Holidays, the rate increases to $650/night...4th of July...Memorial Day...Labor Day weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
140 Miles
Denver Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Village of Grand Lake
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Grand Lake
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
Highway 34
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Kilometres
Village of Grand Lake
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Winter Park
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Grand Lake marina area-picnic,sand,water,boats
Car: necessary

We are 5 minutes from Rocky Mt. Nat'l Park entry to go over Trail Ridge Rd., a must see area for spectacular mountain vistas, hiking,abundant wildlife including elk and moose and only 45 minutes to Estes Park. Horse back riding at Winding River Campground. Enjoy a good soak in the hot springs at Hot Sulfur Springs, 40 minutes away. Adams Fall is a must see water fall located at the north inlet of Grand Lake. The best spot for elk and moose viewing can be found right off our deck which backs onto a game trail entering our meadow-Keep your camera ready!


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