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Borders R M N P & Arapaho Forest & Sun Valley Lake, 5 min walk to Colorado River

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

For experiencing those peaceful times in nature

This welcoming custom-built mountain cabin nestled between that majestic Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest, is only a 5 min walk to the head waters of the Colorado River and a block off Sun Valley Lake for 'catch and release'. This makes it a perfect spot for wildlife to frequent the property while enjoying the cozy, yet spacious open floor plan. Your family and friends will enjoy the feeling of getting away from the hustle of home life while vacationing here. A fully supplied kitchen, large living/dining room and special loft area for the kids to getaway creates the perfect setting for family fun.

There is plenty of space for trailer parking for all your toys and with access from the driveway to over 100+ miles of ATV trails and 150+ miles of groomed snowmobile trails through Arapaho National Forest, the possibilities are endless. Winding River Resort campground and Colorado River is walking distance down the road for horseback riding, hay wagon rides, petting zoo, fishing, ATV and snowmobile rentals and more.

Whether you're looking for activities galore, or need a quiet, comfortable, spacious retreat, this inviting mountain cabin, on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect getaway.

More Details

Michelle and Pat O'Brien
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Michelle and Pat O'Brien

My husband and I custom built this mountain home in 2001. We general contracted every step of the way with much attention to detail and structural integrity. My husband is a commercial banker and I work in the schools, so I have the summers off to help maintain and run our VRBO cabin. Our daughters are grown now and work full time, so as a family, we just don't have the chance to use our second home as much as we'd like; so instead of selling, we decided to help cover our carrying costs by signing onto VRBO. It has been a lot of fun meeting so many wonderful families from all over our country and sharing this special part of God's majestic world with them.

Michelle and Pat O'Brien purchased this house in 2001

Why Michelle and Pat O'Brien chose Northwest

We chose Grand Lake and this particular area because it reminded us of Michigan where we grew up. The Sun Valley Lake area is in the Kawuneeche Valley, so the roads back to our cabin are flat, with miles of open space land covered in pines and willows. The water gently flowing down the Colorado River and the numerous lakes/ponds in the area also reminded us of northern Michigan. The main difference is the water is much much colder for jumping in!

What makes this house unique

The main benefits of staying in our cabin is the location, if you are into quietly observing or photographing nature up close, taking nice walks or hikes around our area dotted with small lakes, fishing, or just wading in the Colorado River, this place is for you! If you want a little more action, walk down to the Winding River Resort campground for horseback riding, ATV rentals, petting baby farm animals, or catching your flying pancake hot off the griddle for a Chuck-wagon breakfast experience! They also offer a Cowboy Chapel service down by the Colorado River on Sunday. In just a five minute drive you can be checking out the Kawuneeche Visitor Center as you head up into Rocky Mountain National Park. A few minutes in the other direction, you can be stopping into Grand Lake's Visitor Center, then down into the heart of Grand Lake Village for boat rentals, shopping, golf, live theater, or dining. If you like to cook your meals at home, check out the quaint Mountain Market for fresh produce and an excellent meat market.


Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks with lots of vanity counter space
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , private master bathroom with single sink
  • Tile floors, both bathroom have tubs with shower heads
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , double on bottom and twin on top
    Loft - 2 sleep sofa /futon , two twin futons
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Massage and Spa treatments are available in the Grand Lake Village, near HUB coffee shop.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Borders R M N P & Arapaho Forest & Sun Valley Lake, 5 min walk to Colorado River
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
Tampa, FL

Pretty cabin on the quiet side of Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5, parents plus 3 (ages 18 - 21), stayed at this lovely home for a week in August 2016. We went with the purpose of seeing Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is beautiful, especially if you can get out of bed early and head to the Alpine Visitors Center before the crowds, you will not be disappointed! This area is within 30 minutes of the house. It is also worth a drive to the other side of the park to do the trail for Bear Lake, Nymph Lake and Emerald Lake as well as Alberta Falls ...all at the same trailhead. However, once we saw the Estes Park side of the park, we were so glad we made the choice to be on the quiet, Grand Lake side of the park! Grand Lake is a beautiful, quaint town on a pretty lake. Estes Park is more like a suburban town in any state. We also rented an atv at On The Trail rentals, literally just around the corner from the house. We had a blast! And ....did I mention the moose? We saw many moose every day. There were a couple of males and a couple of moms and calves. The cabin definitely earned its name of the "Lucky Moose" during our stay!

This cabin also had plenty of beds for all of us to sleep comfortably. The kitchen is well stocked. We also appreciated that there were some spices and other items left in the cabinets and fridge...those items you forget to pick up for a one time use when on vacation. The living area was very comfortable as well. We gathered on a nightly basis to watch the Olympics together in total comfort.

The rental process was very easy and Michelle was very helpful with any questions. We would like to thank the O'Briens for a lovely, memorable stay at their beautiful cabin. We would highly recommend this house to families and couples.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. We couldn't agree more with your observations about being on the Grand Lake side vs. Estes. My husband and I grew up in Michigan, and we immediately fell in love with Grand Lake and the quietness of the Kawuneeche Valley; we discovered this area in the early 90's and not much has changed, which is a miracle in this noisy fast paced world. We are glad you found our 'Lucky Moose' cabin true to its name. We also strive to make our guests feel at home with as many convenience amenities as possible while traveling away from your own kitchen and bathrooms. Thank you too for being such considerate guests by leaving the cabin in excellent condition.
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Moose Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had a tremendous time staying in your cabin. We seen several moose, enjoyed playing games and spending quality family time. Lots of room and family friendly, we hope to plan another visit and we would be very fortunate to rent your cabin again. Your cabin was provided with everything we needed for our week stay, can't thank you enough for a memorable vacation and sharing your cabin with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Texas Family

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed your Cabin so much. We arrived about 6:30 p.m. and Moose were right outside the back porch. We enjoyed Moose and a red fox many times a day out the front and the back.

The pictures on your site are exactly what the cabin looks like. Lots of room and very cozy. We cooked many meals, and all things needed were provided. The bikes out back were a plus, we rode to the petting zoo and the Wagon ride one day we were there. Out Texas family will be back. Thank you for sharing your place with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that the location of our cabin and all the wildlife you were able to see around our place made your trip to Colorado especially special. The Winding River Resort campground offers so many fun things for a family to do. We love that it is nearby, but far enough to not hear the other vacationers.
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Beautiful cabin and location!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a WONDERFUL stay at this beautiful cabin!! The location was perfect for us - out of town yet very close to RMNP and the town of Grand Lake. The cabin was VERY clean, cozy and comfortable! It was a great place to unwind at the end of the day after exploring the area - which we fell in love with. We saw many moose traffic jams while during our stay in the area; however, we never felt the need to stop for photos as we saw moose daily (morning and night) from the cabin - many times they would walk RIGHT in front of the cabin!!

This cabin and area truly exceeded our expectations!! We had an amazing vacation and hope to return soon!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly hope you and your family will make another trip back to Grand Lake in the future. Thank you for taking such exceptional care of our home away from home during your stay. We were so pleased that your preferred your stay in the Grand Lake area over the I-70 corridor mountain towns.
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Fort Collins, CO


  • 4 of 5

The place was wonderful and just what we were hoping for. Our son had brought his boat and there was plenty of parking for two trucks and a large boat. We spent a beautiful day boating on Grand Lake. The area was quiet but the people we saw in the area were friendly. The highlight was all the moose we saw. We were all sitting on the front porch the first night and a moose and her baby came around the side of the cabin and startled us. Moose visited every morning and evening. Wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas

Amazing Wildlife Viewing and Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four stayed in this home for seven nights and felt right at home! The home had everything we needed - comfortable beds, lots of movies and games, full kitchen, washer/dryer, etc. The location is perfect for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park as well as the beautiful town of Grand Lake. We even drove to Winter Park for a round of disc golf and the alpine slide. My boys were very excited to see the wildlife from the home every day. We saw countless moose, a fox and even a small bear from the porch. Our family made lasting memories there!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so please your family enjoyed their week in Grand Lake and found our home to be comfortable. Wow, a small bear! That would be a first for us. In all the years we have been going to our cabin, we have heard of bear being in the area, but have never seen one. Glad all the wildlife did not disappoint.
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Gateway Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Grand Lake Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sloopy's or Gateway Inn
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Granby Ranch - 20 miles or Winter Park - 30 miles
Car: necessary

The Grand Lake area is the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest. It offers an abundance of both outdoor activities for all ages. There is also direct access from our front door to over 100+ miles of ATV trails and 150+ miles of snowmobile trails through Arapaho National Forest. Take a hike, bike ride or a short 5-minute drive to Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. A short 5 minutes down the road is a pristine 18-hold golf course. This facility can be enjoyed year around when converted into a Nordic Center for cross country skiing, ski skating or snowshoeing. Visit the Historic Grand Lake Lodge for a romantic dinner. Then take in the amazing views of Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake from their world famous front porch. The historic Grand Lake Village is just 3 miles down the road and offers numerous activities such as fine dining, summer theater, boating, fishing, swimming, miniature golf and more!


Rates & Availability

Grand Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend
May 24 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 27 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer rate
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
cleaning fee $150

About two weeks prior to your arrival, we will email you directions along with lock-box code and some helpful information about the cabin and surrounding area. Please don't hesitate to ask questions or make special requests; we strive to make your stay at the Lucky Moose Lodge as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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