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Indoor Solitude, Outdoor Access for a Perfect Getaway

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

Eco-modern home, 360° Scenery & Trails Available May-Nov

For a memorable visit to Grand Junction, stay at this architecturally distinctive, high desert retreat on 10 acres less than 10 minutes from downtown. This home was designed for two writers who value quiet, love entertaining guests and enjoy the easy access to trails in this mountain bike mecca.

The two private wings are joined by a great room and spacious open kitchen with sweeping views in all directions. While the quarters sleep up to seven, the ideal accommodation is for two couples (with or without children).

With its seamless joining of town and country plus indoor comfort and outdoor activity, Echo Canyon Retreat provides an ideal base for cyclists, wine tourists, hikers and photographers, day trippers and I-just-vant-to-be-aloners. Extended families, JUCO tourney fans, Tour-of-the-Moon riders, hardcore mountain bikers, house hunters and reuniting classmates have all enjoyed themselves here.

Outdoor seating areas ring the house to maximize the views as well as take advantage of sun and shade. Interior finishes and fixtures are upscale but not so lavish you can’t feel comfortable using them. You’ll appreciate special touches such as the five direct entries outdoors, twin ovens, solid core interior doors and three custom showers for active visitors. Oh, and two tucked-away, built-in desks for those who can’t leave work at home.

We overlook the Grand Valley at the midpoint of wine country and biking bliss. The entrance to the Colorado National Monument is within a half-mile of the front door, and Bangs Canyon Recreation Area is accessible directly from our land. You don’t even need a car to explore the nearby Lunch Loop trails, ride Rim Rock Drive over the Monument or take in a tour of the valley’s vineyards. At night, you can enjoy both the stars and the glimmer of city lights.

Fruita and Palisade offer many more options within a half-hour radius. Within less than two hours, Moab’s arches, Glenwood Springs’ mineral pools, the Grand Mesa’s alpine lakes and Black Canyon National Park beckon.

Both bedroom suites feature queen beds and their own entries to the outdoors. The larger master suite is connected to a spacious bathroom with water closet and step-in steam shower. Between this bedroom and the great room, a book-lined stairway leads to a cozy study with a single bed and a sunrise-facing balcony.

The family suite has an attached bath and walk-in shower, plus a TV/exercise room with a queen-size hide-a-bed, making this arrangement ideal for parents with kids. A powder room off the main entry also has a shower and can serve guests using the auxiliary rooms.

Because we’re readers, our rooms feature plenty of light, something the hospitality industry in general still hasn't learned. Everything but the study and balcony are on one level. Passages and doorways are ADA-compatible.

Children are welcome. Smoking is not. There’s Wi-Fi, a Blueray player and cable TV, but if your kids’ idea of fun is Disneyland instead of exploring desert canyons, there are some better options for your family in the area.

PLEASE NOTE: This home was designed as a private residence and is being rented for similar use. It is not intended to be an events center or a facility to host large groups who are not staying at the house. While this is not to discourage you from having guests during your stay, we ask that you respect our neighbors and the character of the subdivision. If you have any questions about uses for meetings, family reunions or larger receptions, please discuss your plans with the manager prior to booking.

For more details on the many nearby recreational opportunities, visit our website.

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Property Manager
Michelle Melgares
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Michelle Melgares

My name is Michelle and I own CrashPad - a vacation rental management company serving Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade, Colorado. I grew up in the area and feel very fortunate to get to call it home. I love cycling and want to share the great things our valley has to offer with the world. If you can do it outdoors, you can do it within 45 minutes of any home we manage. Skiing and wine country tourism too!

A few notes about the owner: Charlie grew up in Western Colorado, his wife on the Great Lakes. When it came time to retire they loved both regions too much to choose just one, so they built this house as a winter getaway. It reflects their active interests (biking, golf, hiking) and contemplative pursuits (reading and writing). The landscape here inspired Charlie's forthcoming novel, MONUMENT ROAD.

Michelle Melgares purchased this house in 2006

Why Michelle Melgares chose Northwest

In 1999 with another family member, the owners bought a sizable stretch of property that abuts the Bangs Canyon Recreation Area with its extensive trail system. They worked with a local architect to take advantage of the site's scenic prospects while respecting others' views and leaving a modest footprint in the fragile desert.

The adjoining public lands and large private lots create a feeling of privacy. We can be off by ourselves on trails within a minute, reach the grocery store in five and get downtown on a bike in 25.

Of all the great views we could have highlighted with the name, we chose Echo Canyon, visible out our south windows and reachable in 45 minutes on foot or by an intermediate mountain biker. It represents the many other parts of the landscape accessible here but also off the beaten path.

What makes this house unique

The house was designed and built from scratch and it reflects the owners lifestyle and love for this remarkable landscape. (Their brother-in-law calls its architectural style 'Frank Lloyd Left.')

They have decided to share it with others who share a love for the outdoors and the indoors, and for peace and quiet. (They lived here for years before deciding to bring in the TVs!)

We keep a selection of bikes available for use, so if you don't bring your own, inquire about what we have.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Indoor Solitude, Outdoor Access for a Perfect Getaway
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

Oasis near the Monument

  • 5 of 5

Holy smokes! This is an amazing property! Postcard views from every window and patio!

This property had it all - views, style, location. The floor to ceiling windows allowed for breath taking views of the Monument and surrounding terrain. The stacked stone fireplace was cozy. Two car garage meant that the golfers didn't have to bring their clubs in the house each day. The bedrooms were spacious and beds were comfy. Again the views were spectacular. The 3 bathrooms were perfect for our group. When we were sitting on the patios enjoying coffee in the morning and beverages in the afternoons and evenings, it was so peaceful - no traffic noise.

This property is located close to grocery store, liquor store and downtown Grand Junction. IT made getting out and about easy peasy.

Michelle was great to work with. We had a few glitches - all our own issues - but she addressed them in timely manner. (Read the guest book when you get there. It's there for a reason!) Thanks Michelle for a wonderful get away! We can't wait to come back!

Suggestions: larger TV in the family room; move the rock with property address closer to Red Sand Road, it was difficult to see from our vehicle.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were there a few days before our wedding, enjoying some of the adventures and this was the perfect place for it. It was so close to the monument, had amazing views and was tastefully decorated. Michelle was great, prompt with communication, easy to work with. Would come back here the next time we were in Grand Junction!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waukesha, Wisconsin

Didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd visit to Grand Junction, and this beautiful home. We brought our adult children along - everyone loved the house and the location!!! We had no problems, the house was very clean and ready for our visit. The only thing that changed in the last two years is the owner no longer allows renters to use the bikes in the garage. That was very convenient perk. There are several bike rental shops in GJ, but that's an added expense.

Every room has a beautiful view, it's just so peaceful here. We never heard the neighbors. Love the walking/mountain bike trails right behind the house. You just can't go wrong staying here. Also, the property manager, Michelle, is very responsive. Hope to go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, KY

Gorgeous home; perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

Our dilemma of how to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Grand Junction has been solved! This beautiful home just ten minutes from downtown was the PERFECT vacation get-away for my husband and me. We stayed a week in mid-July.

First, for us, it is a joy to stay in a home that is impeccably designed and truly curated. We enjoy an environment that has been thoughtfully created, and every item in this home is a feast for the eyes. Beautiful art from the region, exquisite furnishings, breathtaking views of the Colorado Monument -- it all went together to provide delight. Second, the amplitude of the house was wonderful for us and our daughter and son-in-law. There was room for them to stay with us if they chose to, and even for them to have their own ensuite bathroom. My husband and I were able to have our own bathrooms, too, which made getting ready much less contentious. The master bedroom has a queen bed instead of a king -- not our preference, but the little loft with the twin bed just over the master was perfect when "one of us" began to snore. (I'll leave it to the reader to guess who.) Third, the kitchen is fabulously designed. We were able to cook and gather there, whether for coffee in the morning, or for wonderful, lingering dinners in the evening. Last, I would love to have that laundry room in my own home.

As a VRBO co-owner myself, I did wish for just a few items: kleenex in the bathrooms, magnifying makeup mirrors (purchased cheaply at Target), plain tall water glasses to use at dinner alongside the wine glasses (of which there are plenty), a few more pieces of microwave-safe cookware, a couple of outdoor chaises longues, and a functioning keypad outside the garage -- since leaving the car out in 100-degree weather is not advisable. Above all, a shade on the window directly opposite the master bed would be great. The sun at 5:30 a.m. is impossible to sleep through. We were able to rig something up using a bed sheet and wire coat hangers, so that by the end of our stay I was able to sleep until 7. Would have been nice to have it from the beginning.

But regardless of these small desires, we are almost certain to reserve this home again. I honestly feel like I have been spared having to buy or build a home in Grand Junction to visit our daughter. The size of this gorgeous vacation property is perfect, and we loved every moment of being there. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Echo Canyon retreat. It had nature all around, and is the reason we went to Grand Junction, to see Spring in the desert. The inside is tastefully and simply, but beautifully, decorated, because the windows are the point! You feel outside, even while you're inside. But the inside has everything you need as well, and allowed us to have nice evenings at the house without having to go to a restaurant.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review Michelle! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! Please come back to see us again! Also, I love your name! ~Michelle
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Beautiful Cycling Retreat

  • 5 of 5

First Time to GJ. Ride Road or Mountain right out the door. Convenient to Downtown and The Colorado National Monument. Views are spectacular from anywhere in the house. Would definitely book again. Great Experience..

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your return David! Michelle
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Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Dos Hombres
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Redlands Mesa Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrack Station
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
I-70 Business Loop
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Dos Hombres, Azteca, Laughing Dog Coffeehouse
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Powderhorn Ski Resort
Car: necessary

For recommendations and links to local activities and attractions, visit our personal website.


Rates & Availability

Grand Junction House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Restocking $155
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 4.9%

Available May through November only
Rates and fees are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Reservations are not considered “guaranteed” until $349 initial payment has been received. If Guest cancels Guest’s reservation upon notice of thirty (30) days or less, the Initial Payment will be NON-REFUNDABLE. Balance is due two days prior to arrival.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Grand Junction House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , Step-in tiled shower.
    Powder Room - toilet , shower , Double duty as front bathroom and guest shower.
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Private water closet, step-in tiled shower/steam feature.
  • Technically, these are all 3/4 baths. But who needs to crawl in and out of tubs? We designed 3 bathrooms (and the hot water supply) to accommodate a group returning from a run, golf or bike ride. Who wants to wait an hour for last shower?
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 15x15 plus wide entry, walk-in closet
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , 12.5X12, walk-in closet, private entrance
    Tower Room - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs study, walks out to balcony
    Media Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold out queen sofa bed
  • All four rooms have privacy, arranged in two wings of the house. Maximum sleeping arrangements best for extended family, two couples with children or close group of friends. Media room connects to guest room, making the suite good for couple with kids.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Property is professionally managed with concierge services designed to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Please inquire about any special requests or preparations for your arrival.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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