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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

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 Twin Lakes

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • 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.


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Grinning Bear Lodge at Twin Lakes offers beautiful mountain views
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful property!

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was absolutely beautiful. Was disappointed about the fire ban but that's not under anyone's control. Some things were not stocked; towels in closet seemed to have just been washed and were still a little damp and therefore a little stinky when we used them. TV in main room was black & white? Strange but we watched our Harry Potter movies just fine. Overall, the place was breathtaking - wonderful views and very clean! Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had not been previously made aware that the main level television was not working correctly. I am sorry for the inconvenience. We have replaced the television with a 4K UHD television. Thank you!
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Beautifully built, immaculately cared for and spectacularly situated cabin

  • 4 of 5

My family of eight had the opportunity to spend 3 nights at the Grinning Bear Lodge in early September of 2017. My daughter opted to have her wedding celebration at the Praying Angel site just down the hill and we found this phenomenal property to be the perfect place to serve as our lodging. The log construction and rustic, alpine design inside made us feel like we were experiencing the mountains from the most comfortable perch imaginable. We did have one small technical issue that we got solved within minutes as the owner was immediately available to assist.

Being "flat landers" unaccustomed to the altitude, the gravel approach roads and the need to have whatever you were going to eat and drink stocked ahead of time provided us with just enough out of the box challenges to fuel family stories for years to come.

I would strongly recommend the Grinning Bear Lodge for a week as we felt like we just didn't have enough time to really explore Twin Lakes, Mt. Elbert and the Arkansas River but that certainly wasn't the fault of this wonderful cabin.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best of the best!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Grinning Bear Lodge! We live in the Front Range and booked a last minute weekend getaway and came across Grinning Bear and could not have been more pleased with the home, amenities, location and Nancy was great!

If you are looking for a bit of peace & tranquility look no further! The home is located in a secluded area not far from Twin Lakes with few homes in sight.

We will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This home is always wonderful. Everything you could possibly need plus awesome views.

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit and we can't thank Nancy enough for sharing her home. We always have a wonderful time love the peace and tranquility. The twin lakes are just down the road with plenty to do in surrounding areas. If your looking for a getaway and just want to relax this place is perfect. Thanks again. Jon and LaNette Janzen

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rocky Mountain Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property and setting! Nancy thought through everything- We loved Grinning Bear Lodge!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin and a wonderful quiet setting. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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