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Indoor Solitude, Outdoor Access for a Perfect Getaway

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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.

More Details

Property Manager
Michelle Melgares
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 Grand Junction

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.


Grand Junction House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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.


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Indoor Solitude, Outdoor Access for a Perfect Getaway
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 34 reviews

Great Property!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay, roomy and well-maintained, with beautiful views of the Colorado Monument area. I especially recommend it for those that enjoy hiking and national parks as it is practically right next door to one entrance to the Colorado Monument National Park. We were visiting family and it was also great for family meals.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home with amazing views and location

  • 5 of 5

I rent this for a girls cycling trip every year. Great home for adults to relax and take in nature!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flexible amenities to enjoy

  • 5 of 5

This home proved to be an ideal location for anyone looking to enjoy the Colorado National Monument and the surrounding area. Access to majestic views is abundant both inside and outside the house and from anywhere on the property. Highly recommended and will be returning on future trips.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your amazing review Robert! We love the views too! We hope to have you return soon! Michelle
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  • 5 of 5

The house is perfect. We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the location very much. The views were fantastic and taking a walk down the local paths was so peaceful.

Thank you for a nice long weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome Kris! We hope you are able to come see us again soon! Michelle
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Wonderful setting, beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay, had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay Karen! We hope you will return soon! Michelle
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Beautiful views from all rooms!!!!

  • 4 of 5

Very nice for my big family of 6 to spread out and relax!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Debbie! We really love the views too! 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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