A Wildlife Haven on the Colorado River Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park(12 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
3 Bedrooms + Loft - 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-10
Bedrooms : Each bedroom has its own private bath which makes this home ideal for up to 3 couples. The Master Bedroom (with King bed) and the 'Aspen Bedroom' (with queen bed) are located on the main floor. The 'Star Gazing Bedroom' (with queen bed) is located upstairs and has banks of skylights for optimal viewing of stars and galaxies. This room has a private deck. All bedrooms have incredible views of the river and RMNP, the meadows, or mountains. 'Bears Den' Loft (with 2 pullout queen futons) sleeps 4 - ideal for younger children/teens. Has a great sitting/viewing deck.
Kitchen & dining: The Gourmet Kitchen on the main floor has slab granite countertops, Viking appliances throughout, including a gas 4 burner range with built-in griddle, ceramic Dacor cooktop and brass bar sink in the 8' granite center island, 2 ovens, dishwasher, microwave, SubZero refrigerator and is fully equipped for a most memorable culinary experience. Dining area, off kitchen, seats 8 at table + 4 bar stools at center island.
20' X 20' rear deck: Located off the great room overlooking the Colorado River into RMNP. The deck has tables and chairs to seat 8 with an umbrella along with multiple lounge chairs and glider. Gas Webber BBQ grill + Webber charcoal grill. Hammock off deck.
Outdoor activities: Horse Shoes provided, wildlife
viewing, campfire with log seats(be sure a burning ban is not in effect because of dry conditions). We have a great wood picnic table close to the campfire area. Help yourself to the wood. Evening time is a great time to enjoy a good campfire. Be sure to put the fire out with water when done!
If you are looking for a 'little slice of heaven,' a tastefully decorated, relaxing retreat, and ready to enjoy 'getting up close and personal' watching wildlife, you will enjoy our home. At anytime you may see a moose and baby strolling by our rear deck or elk or deer playing in the meadow or cooling off in the river. There is a well traveled game trail from RMNP crossing the river into our meadow. You can watch chipmunks, a variety of mountain birds including Mountain and Black Capped Chickadees, Crested Jays, Red Crossbills and lots of colorful hummingbirds daily. Our friendly Red Fox is a regular visitor and Osprey fly often up and down the river in search of trout. You may also see an occasional Bald Eagle, owl, or River Otter.
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Member since: 2013
- 4000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- 3 Bedrooms, each with own private bathrooms plus a loft area with 2 queen pull out futons (ideal for 4 children/young adults). Master Bedroom: On main level-King size bed with pillow top mattress - natural river rock floor to ceiling gas log fireplace - ceiling fan - walk-in closet - 16' X 24' room. Views of river & Rocky Mt. National Park. Aspen room: On main level - queen bed-tub/shower-pedistal sink-stool-tv-excellent wildlife viewing of meadow and mountains. Stargazing room: Upstairs - queen bed - large bank of skylights gives incredible star and galaxy views! -private sitting deck with views of mountains, river, wildlife and sunsets - ceiling fan. Bear's den: Upstairs - loft area - 2 queen pullout futons - ceiling fan - ideal for 4 children/young adults - private deck for viewing wildlife, meadow, river and sunsets. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
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- Tourist Attractions
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Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
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Golfing is 10 minutes away at Grand Lake Golf Course..Also, there are 3 other 18 hole golf courses within a 30 to 40 minute drive. Golf carts are provided at most of the courses including Grand Lake....moreless
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
4th of July
Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2017
5 night min stay
Jul 11 - Aug 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 - May 31, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $59
- cleaning fee $250
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Tax Rate 6%
Rates subject to change depending if Holiday or special events. Confirm pricing with owner and minimum stay ( 5 day minimum stay) During Holidays, the rate increases to $650/night...4th of July...Memorial Day...Labor Day weekends.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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We are 5 minutes from Rocky Mt. Nat'l Park entry to go over Trail Ridge Rd., a must see area for spectacular mountain vistas, hiking,abundant wildlife including elk and moose and only 45 minutes to Estes Park. Horse back riding at Winding River Campground. Enjoy a good soak in the hot springs at Hot Sulfur Springs, 40 minutes away. Adams Fall is a must see water fall located at the north inlet of Grand Lake. The best spot for elk and moose viewing can be found right off our deck which backs onto a game trail entering our meadow-Keep your camera ready!
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: As natives of Colorado we have been coming to Grand Lake since childhood - it's like a magnet! Having both retired from working in real estate out of the Denver Metro area for over 30 years, we have seen lots of areas and property. We searched long and hard for our perfect, peaceful location on the river backing to RMNP for our retirement dream home retreat. We so enjoy photographing the abundant wildlife, fishing and hiking in the splendid beauty and ruggedness of RMNP, yet within 10 minutes of the conveniences that Grand Lake Village has to offer. We have only shared our home previously for 2 weeks in 2010 and 2011 with vacation travelers. This summer we are offering more time and hope whoever vacations in 'Hills Hideaway' will care for and enjoy it as much as we, our family and our friends have and still do.
Why the Owner Chose Grand Lake, CO, USA:
Why choose grand lake, 'hills hideaway', and this location: we are literally at the gateway to rocky mountain national park (RMNP)! Our home is located 5 minutes from Kawuneeche Visitors Center and the entrance to rmnp to go over trail ridge road (the highest continuous paved road in north america) elevation of 12,183 ft. - only 45 minutes to estes park. Horses for rent with scheduled trail rides are located at neighboring winding river campground. You can fish in the head waters of the Colorado river right from our property (fly/lures only - Colo.Fishing license required). Also, you can fish a private stocked lake ( a 5 minute walk) no license required - we must give you a guest badge for fishing. This is a catch and release lake, however, you can keep enough fish for your dinner. Boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boat rentals or a pontoon tour of grand lake are available at grand lake marina. Historic grand lake village is only 10 minutes away with nostalgic board walks leading to quaint boutiques and art galleries, gift shops, ice cream and sweet shops, wonderful restaurants and top-notch live performances at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Public 18 hole Grand Lake Golf course is only 3 miles away and 3 other golf courses are within a 30 minute drive. Hot Sulphur Springs mineral baths are only 30 minutes away.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We cannot emphasize enough, the joy of getting up early each morning while having a cup of hot coffee and not knowing what animals or birds you may see. It is constant entertainment. One time we witnessed a whole herd of elk including babies and the bull running up and down the river, splashing and cooling off and playing in the river. These events will be engrained in memories of our stay at our cabin. These are the type of memories we want you to experience! Try sitting on the upper deck looking up the meadow (early morning or evening) and the wildlife does not even know of your presence - a good time to photograph!
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Looking across the Colorado River to the backside of Hills' Hideaway.
Looking from back deck over the Colorado River into Rocky Mt. Nat'l Park
Looking from upstairs to front entry door with elk chandelier.
Welcome to our gourmet kitchen where cooking becomes fun!
The Great Room is the perfect place to relax & listen to surround sound/TV.
'Aspen Room' with queen bed and private bath on main level.
'Star Gazing Room' Queen bed, bath and private deck on second level.
' Bears Den' in loft w deck upstairs with two queen pull out futons - sleeps 4
Majestic bull elk crossing the river from RMNP to our meadow.
With our permit, our guests can fish this private catch/release fishing lake.
Fun for all while enjoying a blazing camp fire, roasting hot dogs & marshmallows
End your day with a gorgeous sunset reflecting off river from our back deck.
Our entry gates welcome our guests to 'Hills Hideaway'
Front of 'Hills Hideway' as you drive down the lane.
Dining area with skylights and 8' doors & windows. Seats 8 + 4 at the bar.
'What's for breakfast'?
Main Floor Master Suite w gas log fire place overlooking river into RMNP.
Wake up to the view of elk in the meadow from the 'Aspen Bedroom'
'Star Gazing Room' with antique furnishings with a bank of skylights.
'Moosely Love' - two brother bull moose sizing each other up in our meadow.
Broad Tail Hummingbird drinking nectar. We have many tiny visitors each day.
Proud mama moose with her twins on north end of our home going for a nap.
This handsome Bull Moose was photographed from our back deck.
Owner with a string of rainbow trout caught on the North Fork of Colorado River.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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