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Grinning Bear Lodge at Twin Lakes offers beautiful mountain views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large log custom log home with views of the Mosquito Range

The 'Grinning Bear Lodge' is a luxurious non-smoking, 3 story open-design log cabin, which comfortably sleeps 8-10 in beds (air mattresses are also available).

Lower level: Walk out basement with bunk bed (sleeps up to 3), pool table, foosball, flat screen TV with games for kids, DVD player, plus two car garage.

Main level: Open floor plan with large windows from floor to ceiling:

*Living area with couches, flat screen television, blu-ray player, iPod radio hook-up, and wood burning stove.

*Dining area with seating for six at the 'lazy-susan' table.

*Kitchen with pot rack and lighting above stove, microwave, full refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, dishwasher, and additional bar-type seating around stove for up to 5 additional people.

*Main bath with old fashioned claw-foot tub.

*Private bedroom with Queen size bed and Aspen four-poster frame.

*Separate laundry room with front-load washer and dryer.

*Two separate doors opening to wrap around deck.

Loft: Open log staircase takes you to the 800 square foot loft with a King size bed framed in Aspen, two walk-in closets, double vanity, slate shower with bench, separate water closet, bunk beds that sleep 4, television and DVD player, small table for 2, and two separate balconies (one facing north and one facing south).

Exterior Features:

*Main level wrap around deck: Deck has gas grill, and is covered on the north side. The deck offers incredible views of the Mosquito Range.

*Outdoor fire pit to the south with an amazing view of mountains in the daytime and spectacular stars at night.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy Moore (owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Nancy Moore (owner)

I am a Colorado native living in Littleton, but I have traveled out of the country on a number of occasions, visiting places such as England, Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. I grew up in Conifer, Colorado, which is about an hour's drive from Denver. We had horses, dogs and cats growing up and and endless space to ride horses, hike and snowmobile.

Nancy Moore (owner) purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Nancy Moore (owner) chose South Central

This cabin was my dream for years, and was finally completed in 2009. It is my second home and I love giving others the opportunity to enjoy it as much as I do myself. Picturesque and secluded, at the base of Mount Elbert, the property looks over the Mosquito Range. The panoramic views are amazing, and the proximity to not only Twin Lakes, but jeep trails, beaver ponds, hiking trails, and even the town of Aspen give you a number of activities to choose from. I truly think you will be amazed at the beauty and tranquility of the area - I have such a hard time leaving every time I come up!

What makes this cabin unique

I love log homes, and this open floor plan with the high ceilings, beetle kill hardwood on the walls and floors, the slate flooring in the bathrooms, the shower and under the wood-burning stove, along with the soft carpet in the large 800 sq. ft. loft. The half log staircase leading to the loft just adds to the beauty of the place! There is virtually no room in the place that doesn't offer a spectacular view. Enjoy a 'cabin' atmosphere, yet be in luxury.


Twin Lakes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Loft - separate water closet; slate shower; dual sinks
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main bath has a claw foot tub, with a hand-held shower head.
  • Main level bath has old-fashioned claw foot tub, and heated slate floors for winter comfort. Bath area in loft also has heated slate floors, dual sinks, a separate water closet, and a large shower with a bench, finished in slate.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - Queen size four poster aspen bed frame, full closet
    Basement bedroom - 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed sleeps 3 with futon pull out for lower bunk
    Loft - King bed with aspen frame; bunk bed sleeps 4 with trundle
  • King size beds (1) 800 square foot loft with king size bed framed in aspen; Queen size Beds (1) Main level private bedroom with queen size 4 poster bed made of aspen; Sleep Sofa (1) Green love seat on main level pulls out into a twin sized bed; Bunk Beds (2) 800 square foot loft also has a bunk bed which sleeps 4 - a full mattress on the bottom, a twin mattress on the top bunk, plus a trundle. Basement has a bunk bed with a futon pull out on the bottom and memory foam mattress on the top bunk. There is still plenty of room in the loft for 1-2 king size blow up mattresses, which are available in the loft closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Outdoor firepit and picnic table with views of the Mosquito Range. Firepit is spacious for group gatherings. MUST obtain owner approval prior to use to due to potential fire bans.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Grinning Bear Lodge at Twin Lakes offers beautiful mountain views
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Grinning Bear is great for a family wanting to get away. It has everything you need to cook if you want to but is close enough to town to order out. Ample bedding and supplies even for the largest family. The kids enjoyed the game room on gloomy days. The neighborhood is wonderful. You feel like your the only one on the mountain. Did I mention the view!? We look forward to returning in the summer for new adventures. Also Ski Cooper is perfect for the family. A+ place.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Home

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was absolutely perfect for our group of 10 (4 adults and 6 kids). It looked and felt brand new at first sight, and we were surprised to read the visitor's log and see entries dating back to, if I remember right, 2012. It's obvious that the owners take very good care of this place. The living space, kitchen, bathrooms, were all very clean. The beds were also extremely comfortable. None of those things, however, compared to the backyard area where the view of distant mountains were amazing, the fire pit's location was perfectly placed, and the space was plentiful for the kids to run around and play. It's the kind of place that makes you fantasize about owning your very own cabin. As for the location in Twin Lakes, you're within minutes of great fishing, within a mile or two of great views of Mt. Elbert and other peaks, within a short drive of Buena Vista in one direction Leadville in the other, within a half hour or so of Independence Pass at the Continental Divide. It's the perfect location to be away from things, but to also be close to whatever excursion you desire (horseback riding, rafting, fishing, hiking, shopping, etc). Put it this way, my oldest daughter was teary-eyed about leaving. Memories were made. I'm sure you'll make memories there too.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairmont, mn

Fantastic.....wonderful....nature at its best

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at grinning bear. Peaceful, quiet, relaxing and recharging. The house has everything you need to spend with family or friends. The views are spectacular . The sunrise and sunsets made the days even more enjoyable. It's location fit our needs. Just far enough from leadville and aspen and other areas so travel is not an issue. The large outside deck is where we spent most of our time. We felt like we were at home.

The owners have gone above and beyond to make your stay at the grinning bear very enjoyable. We love the mountains and the stay a grinning bear keeps us coming back. This is a must if you need to escape the daily challenges of life.

Jon and LaNette janzen

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much. Had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Topeka, KS

Excellent lodge - great view!

  • 5 of 5

This lodge was amazing... everything we wanted and more! The views were amazing. We loved that everything was already there so it really did feel like a home away from home.

This is the first time we have ever rented someone else's place and it worked out perfectly! We will definitely be doing good this again!

Thank you Nancy for being so accommodating and responsive. We greatly appreciate you!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairmont, mn

Jon and LaNette j.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to spend a week. About a 20 minute drive to leadville and about 90 minutes to aspen. If you like nature this is the place. Trails for mtb and atvs very close by. The house was clean and very well kept. Gas grill outside made cooking very easy. The deck was awesome for all that were with us. The views outstanding. Hummingbirds at times buzzed us. Lots of fun. Upstairs is open so great place for kids to be away from adults. The house was way to comfortable. Didn't want to leave. We spent a lot of time there. Great place to be away from it all. We are on verizon for cell phones and had no problems. There is a short cut to get to the house but involves a couple of extra miles of gravel roads if you are coming from leadville. Saves a lot of time if going or coming for leadville. Road is not rough. Should be called relaxing bear. We all had a great time at the grinning bear. Thanks for sharing your wonderful place with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Ski Cooper

Located at the headwaters of the Arkansas river, the lodge is located about 2 miles from scenic Twin Lakes, which has a small grocery store. It is also located almost halfway between historic Leadville (approx. 15 miles away), and Buena Vista (approx. 20 miles away), and a short 45 mile drive over Independence Pass to Aspen (note pass is closed during winter months). There are grocery stores, churches, shops, etc. in each of these towns.

Grinning Bear Lodge is also located at the heart of Leadville's annual Summer Racing Series - Leadville's Trail Marathon and Heavy Half; Leadville Trail 100 Run; Camp of Champions; Silver Rush 50 MTB; Silver Rush 50 Run; Silver King & Silver Queen; Leadville Trail 100 MTB; Climax Molybdenum Leadville 10K Run; Leadville Trail 100 Run; and (dates vary) Leadville Leadman and Leadwoman

Year-round seasonal activities include:

Summertime activities - white water rafting, 4-wheeling, hiking, river/stream/fly fishing, exploring old mining towns, Leadville racing series, biking races including Ride the Rockies, Leadville Boom Days (reliving the pioneer spirit of the west), antiquing, climbing 14'ers, rock climbing, Scenic Leadville train loop, zip line tours, horesback riding, shopping, ATV/Jeep tours/rentals, Leadville historic museums, golfing, Buena Vista weekend concert series on South Main, 4th of July fireworks in Buena Vista

Fall/Winter Activities include - Buena Vista Apple Festival, sight-seeing of all the Autumn color changes, snowmobiling, snowshoing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, tubing, dogsledding, ice fishing, big and small game hunting. Due to unpredictable weather in the winter months, 4WD vehicles are strongly recommended.


Rates & Availability

Twin Lakes Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 8.8%

Check-in time 4:00 PM, Check-out time 10:00 AM (early check-in or late check-out may be arranged if occupancy permits, but must be arranged in advance).

There is an additional nightly fee of $45 per person charged for every person over the first eight in a group.

There is a $50 cleaning fee per pet. If there is any evidence of a pet, this fee will be charged. In addition, pets are not allowed in the loft or on any of the furniture. Additional cleaning fees related to pets will be charged at a rate of $100/hour.

Manager'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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