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Why Rent a Room When You Can Rent a Canyon?

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps no more than 6)

Los Vados Canyon House is unique in the Moab area: an elegant, intimate creekside home in the desert; a remote place of solitude with many of the comforts of home. A place where you can - literally from the door - mountain bike, hike and explore petroglyphs. Or simply unwind by the pool.

Just 15 miles from the town of Moab, Utah, Los Vados Canyon House is next to a creek flowing year-round through a spectacular red rock canyon. Los Vados, 'the crossings,' refers to the three creek fords required to reach this end-of-the-road retreat.

Los Vados Canyon House is an intimate 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched red rock cliffs and mesas. Our seven acres sits at the end of a canyon that contains only one other home - a mile away. No road goes through the Los Vados property, though a small herd of cattle amble through twice a year on their way to and from grazing land. To reach Los Vados, you must pass through two locked ranch gates and cross Mill Creek, the only creek in the area running year-round. This (as well as the dirt road leading through the canyon) requires a 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle.

Designed by a San Francisco architect and designer and completed in 1998, Los Vados Canyon House is one of only two houses in Utah included in Weekend Houses (Chronicle Books, 2000), which features beautifully designed weekend homes throughout the U.S.

IMPORTANT TO READ PRIOR TO INQUIRY: Three night minimum even if calendar shows fewer days available. Check in is between 4 and 4:30 p.m.; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. No children under 10 years, and those over 10 must be able swimmers. A 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle is a must. No pets except service dogs. House accommodates 4 guests, tent cabin 2 additional guests (it has no heat). No smoking in the house. No discharging of firearms on property. No open fires. (House has two fireplaces and BBQ.) No off-roading in canyon. Home and canyon are off grid and do not have reliable cell service. Nearest reliable cell service is 10 minute drive. No discounts. Canyon is full of critters.

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Dave Valenti
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2017

About Dave Valenti

Susan grew up in Utah, Dave in Arizona. We love the desert and its solitude and also having a lot of outdoor activities to do ... or not to do!

Dave Valenti purchased this house in 2004

Why Dave Valenti chose Utah

We fell in love with this house and canyon because of its spectacular setting: in a red-rock canyon, on a creek lined with cottonwood trees. It is quiet and tranquil, yet just minutes away from Moab, with its restaurants and shops, and close to Arches National Park and Canyonlands.

What makes this house unique

Tranquility: a place to relax, read and enjoy the stars, red-rock and petroglyphs, or to mountain bike, jeep and explore. (Biking and jeep trails are close by, outside this private canyon, which contains only one other house besides ours, a mile away.)


Moab House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The master suite has a molded (not wood) Japanese soaking tub. The guest bath has a tiled shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The master bedroom has one queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom and the tent cabin each have a pair of twin-sized beds that can be used as twins or made up as a king (i.e., pushed together with a foam 'bridge' between them, as you often find in hotels in Europe).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
To city folk: Our home is off the grid. There are certain outdoor skills needed for a comfortable and safe stay. For example, you need to be able to drive on a dirt road, through creeks, and be able to find your way without signs and GPS. (The caretaker will show you into the property when you first arrive.) You need to know about not crossing high water in a car. You need to know about what to do if you encounter an animal or bugs. Although you will generally enjoy solitude, a maintenance or service person may have to make a call during your stay or a rancher or hiker may come through. We will try to notify you in advance of workers, but there is no reliable cell/email service in the canyon. You may have to conserve energy and understand instructions for a pellet stove, swamp cooler, and resetting the generator if needed. Rarely there is a flash flood and you have to wait it out inside or (this has happened twice in 10 years), wait it out on higher ground


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(5 traveler reviews)

Why Rent a Room When You Can Rent a Canyon?
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Best rental ever

  • 5 of 5

I had the extreme pleasure of renting the Los Vados house for three nights last week. Wow, that place is unbelievable! From the meeting and orientation with Tyler, to our last second there, we truly enjoyed and appreciated our stay. The house is EXACTLY what I was looking for. The seclusion and silence are the best I've ever personally experienced. The home is well appointed as well. The layout of the home, the appliances, the cookware, beds, outside seating, outdoor grill with charcoal, fireplaces, decks, views, small personal touches like flashlights by the bed , literally everything was thought of and is spectacular. If you want to experience nature and privacy at it's finest, this is THE place.

The drive in and the experience of just finding this place are a thrill. We WILL be back! :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like no other!

  • 5 of 5

I make it a point to find unique, remote properties for our family when we travel. I spend many hours searching for the right home and have found many wonderful homes through VRBO. That said, Los Vados exceeded our expectations (and those expectations were high!) We stayed at this amazing property in April 2015. Driving out of and into the canyon was an adventure in itself. My younger son was our official gate keeper, opening and closing the gates like a pro as we traveled to and from Los Vados. We stayed for 4 nights - I could've stayed for 4 weeks! It is a piece of heaven. The design of the home and the way it is decorated is so pleasing. The home had a calming effect on us all. Our favorite part was searching for the ancient petroglyphs as we hiked around the property. My husband would like to return and do a study of the petroglyphs - where they are located, what they mean - especially when looked at as a whole of the canyon. From my understanding, we only have seen the tip of the iceberg and would literally need to spend weeks in the canyon to find them all! Having two boys (ages 11 and 14), we also ventured out from the canyon each day to find some mountain biking spots. As a family, we enjoyed both Dead Horse Point and Klondike Bluffs. We also made our first ever journey into Arches National Park...a trip that has been on our bucket list for quite awhile. This trip was a fabulous adventure made even better by our ability to stay in Dave and Susan's well designed home in the canyon! THANK YOU, THANK YOU DAVE AND SUSAN!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lynchburg, TN

Unique Canyon Experience

  • 5 of 5

We are on our way home from a great week in Moab and this special canyon house added so much to the week. It is an adventure just getting to it, so you need to be prepared for a beautiful but bumpy, twisting, turning, up, down 20 minute ride to the house. The house is so unique. I loved all of the outdoor area. The furniture was very comfortable to lounge and read with the sandstone cliffs surrounding you. As you lounge around the pool, there is even a petroglyph that can be seen on a distant sandstone cliff. How cool is that? We hiked in Arches and Canyonlands. We hiked Fisher Towers and went to Corona Arch. All the hikes were different and breathtaking and the "icing on the cake" was to be able to come back and relax in our very own canyon house with all the comforts of home. The week was filled with a great balance of easy hikes, strenuous hikes and relaxing moments on a chaise lounge. Bugs spray is needed, but other than that the house will add to your Moab experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY, USA

Best vacation home EVER

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Los Vados in summer 2009, so this review is long overdue. Everything, from the beginning of our stay to the very last day was wonderful. we did not want to leave. we loved the furniture, and spent hours doing almost nothing, reading books, enjoying the pool, hearing the water stream in the background, exploring the canyon and hunting for petrogliphs.

Los Vados truly feels like home. it is tastefully designed and furnished and the kitchen is perfectly equipped. the outside porch and fireplace are great. being out of the grid was an awesome feeling. we recommend it to everyone in search of a break from every day life. getting to the house is part of the fun- a river need to be crossed three times and two gates need to be passed-it is like a ritual to enter in your own private world. the photos do not do justice to the magic and beauty of the place. we'll definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christiansburg Va.

OUT of the way !!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at BOTH of the only two homes in this canyon Sept, 09 We stayed at the other property first. { The Wilderness House } The view from that home CANNOT be beat. That being said, EVERYTHING about this home was better. I say " Home " and not " Property " because that is how you feel when you walk into the house. Where the other house was very sparton and cold. This house was warm and inviting. The decor, the amenities, were top notch. Dave and Susan answered all my questions promptly. Gayle the caretaker was the best.

This is NOT the rental you want if your the kind of person that wants to, on a whim, run out and get a pizza or a DVD. It is OFF the grid. No cell service. No phone at all. You WILL need 4WD to get there. Now don't let me scare you. It has, hot water, electricity, fridge, stove, etc.

This home is the perfect home base for people who are planing to see Arches, raft the Colorado, want to see Dead Horse or Canyonlands, Jeep, or moutain bike. But don't want to stay in a motel or a Condo rental. People who don't mind a little adventure just getting home. Trust me. It will be worth it.

Last of all, it was nearly half the price of the Wilderness House.

P.S. The outdoor dinning, den, sundeck, fire place, read a book while I fall asleep area, will knock your socks off. { and your shoes }

  • Submitted: May 9, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

It's just a short drive to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as State Parks and the National Forest.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tent Cabin Nightly $40
Tax Rate 10.45%

Please note that 2016 rates will be $325 per night plus a cleaning fee.
Tent cabin rental is $40 (plus tax) per night for total number of nights you rent the house. The tent cabin is NOT rented out separately from the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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