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Retreat to the River.....and let the adventures begin!

Bedrooms 3
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bath With River And Forest Views

***Please submit an INQUIRY FIRST (not a reservation request). We'd love to hear more about your travel plans and priorities, have you been to the area before, how old are the kids you are traveling with (as we are setup for kids age 6 and older). We require a Reservation Agreement to be signed off on before officially confirming and paying with VRBO site.***

Make a break for the mountains and relax on the river, just a few short hours from Denver!

This riverside mountain cottage was built in 1949 and is located on an acre of land in Riverside/Raymond Colorado not far from Estes Park, elevation 7000 ft.   Your front yard is the Middle St Vrain River...and your back yard is Roosevelt National Forest. Surrounded by pine and aspen, you cannot see the neighbors to the south and you can view the northern log cabin neighbor.

RIVER REST Mountain Cottage features include:

*Comfortably accommodates 1-6 guests, age 6 and above

*River and forest views

*Park on one side of the river...and take a footbridge over the river to the cottage

*Riverside screened in front porch with glider bench plus additional riverside seating

*Picnic table

*2 bedrooms on main level with queen beds

*Upstairs loft with 3 twins

*1 full bath on main level with walk in shower

*All bedding, linens and towels provided

*Equipped kitchen with pots, pans, plates, glassware, refrigerator, stove, coffee pot, and toaster

*Coffee is provided

*Propane grill (fire danger levels depending, it could be possible the grill is not available)

*WIFI included (could be intermittent & streaming is difficult)

*A land line (no cell phone reception in Riverside-Raymond)

*Flat screen TV with DVD player located in upstairs loft – bring up your favorites! (no cable or satellite service)

Arrive to the cottage on a residential road into a rock driveway where you will park (1-2 cars maximum), and then walk across a footbridge over the river, to your vacation cabin.  Recently remodeled, this sweet cottage is appointed with new floors and carpeting.  

This cabin is located in Riverside - Raymond, a small mountain neighborhood, where full time and seasonal guests reside. We are just 6 miles from Allenspark, 9 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park at Wild Basin; 25 miles to Estes Park; 10 miles to Lyons. Explore Peaceful Valley, Camp Dick, Brainard Lake all in Roosevelt National Forest, for exciting riverside hikes, picnics, fishing, cross country skiing, and 4X4 adventures. In nearby Allenspark, enjoy local mountain flavor at the Meadow Mt Cafe, the Rock Creek Pizzeria, community center at The Old Gallery, and antique store Distant Harbors.

Whether you flake out and stay put at the cabin, our favorite! Or get out and explore, you will be sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

For pack list ideas, links to local weather, more information about the town and our recommendations on things to do in the area, go to our website

Please no pets.

Let the adventures begin!

More Details

Desra McDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Desra McDonald

The original portion of this sweet little rock foundation cabin was built in 1940’s by a father for his family. We believe it as added on over the next few years, creating a square shaped cabin. In the 1960’s the family added on the back portion to modernize the cabin and included a bathroom, back bedroom and loft area.

In 2012, the daughter of that father sold the cabin to a group of friends making it into what you see today...River Rest. These friends have taken almost a year to completely refurbish everything up to current day standards. This includes new windows, all new flooring, new electrical wiring and a total gut and redo of the bathroom. The remodel allowed us to provide an electric stove as previously there was only an early 20th century wood burning cook stove. It was a beautiful piece but huge and unusable due to the fire hazard and insurance coverage. It was sad to see it go!

The floods of September 2013 have proved a huge impact on this little mountain community. Everyone is still restoring and rebuilding and looking forward to the future. We are so grateful and blessed to be able to continue to share this mountain property with guests and friends.

We are looking forward to creating more history with our families and yours…..

Enjoy River Rest.....

Desra McDonald purchased this cabin in 2012

What makes this cabin unique

You will never forget waking up to the sights and sounds of the river....what an adventure you will have!


Lyons Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , The shower is walk in.
  • The cottage/property is on a shallow well and mountain septic system. A shallow well means short and spaced out showers. There are specific instructions at the cabin for use of the well water pump system. It is necessary to turn on water pump 10 minutes prior to shower use and then turn off when done using showers - washing dishes. The septic system is sensitive and will clog if improper materials are flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than human waste and toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at any time. If it is found that anything other than the before mentioned have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged damages. Thin toilet paper is provided due to sensitive septic.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , sleep number air mattress
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleep number air mattress
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
Check in is 4pm, we suggest arriving during day light hours to find us with ease as remember, no cell phone service in the area. Our goal is to meet and tour you upon arrival, so we will stay in touch with actual arrival time. If for some reason we are not able to tour you, we ask that you call so we can give you the tour and any updates, via phone. Checkout is by 11am.


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average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at River Rest Cabin. The decorations were spot on for the cabin. Someone knew exactly how to make the setting perfect for all those who come to stay.

The river out front was gorgeous and I loved the sound of the rushing waters. It is between Lyons and Estes Park with lots of trails, horseriding, shopping, resturants and everything else in between. Thanks Desra!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Childress TX

Total tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are both busy people. He's self-employed and I'm a healthcare admin. We serve the public and we're the "fixers" everyday of our lives. We have communication coming at us from every mode: phone, text, email, work email, face to face. All of this to say how much we needed the peace and detachment from our demanding lives that this little piece of heaven in Raymond, CO, provided. This cabin and its surroundings, were more than we ever hoped for! The St. Vrain River, right outside the front door, provided hours of tranquility and renewal that we needed to recharge. The location was perfect for day drives into all the surrounding little mountain towns such as Lyons, Allenspark, Estes Park and Blackhawk. Although the cabin itself was probably too big for two adults (really needs some kids to fill up all the other beds!) We feel like we couldn't have picked a more perfect spot! My favorite part, besides the river, was the radiant floor heat in the bathroom! The cabin is modern, well kept, and clean. The owners were very accessible if needed, but provided the privacy we desired. A sweet note and homemade cookies awaited us upon arrival. We can't wait to return to the cabin and next year we'll take our adult son and his family with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cabin was very clean and Super Cute!

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was the perfect resting place for our vacation! There was plenty of room for our family of 5 to spread out after a long day of hiking in the mountains. Desra was very kind and understanding as this was our first VBRO experience. If we are ever in the area again, I would definitely stay at this cabin again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gibbon, NE

REALLY get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is beautifully finished and decorated inside, and has a heavenly location on the St Vrain river. And what could be more charming than to walk across a footbridge in approach to your vacation rental.

We've been to Estes numerous times and it was truly special to be more removed from the tourism chaos of town and the main entrance of the park. Don't hesitate in reserving this cabin because it has spotty internet or cell reception, or it is south of town a bit, but rather reserve because of these reasons. We didn't miss long hot showers at all, especially when we just laid around the cabin all day relaxing, reading books, napping and playing games with the kids when the rainy weather kept us in. We all enjoyed snuggling into the loft for a movie before bed. One quiet evening, our 13 year old son pulled the rocking chair near us on the couch and said "let's talk", and he meant it!

We enjoyed all the same great Estes and Nat'l Park activities as our previous vacations, but this time we stayed in a cabin that rivaled those experiences.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baton Rouge, LA

Perfect out of the way Colorado Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was tidy with cute country decor in the perfect mountain setting. The river in front of the cabin was a huge selling point and did not disappoint. Quaint mountain town of Lyons was about 20 minutes away and was fun to explore and Estes Park was only 30 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Super relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

I brought 3 of my boys and my sister to this location to visit colleges and boulder in Rocky Mountain National Park. This location was perfect. Easy access to the park. Central location for visiting Boulder, Fort Collins, and Mt. Evans. Great spot to sit and enjoy the river and wildlife. Would love to return to this location :)

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
El Dora
Car: necessary

Make a break for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and try something new this vacation! Enjoy authentic riverside cottage living as you explore there is to do!

Integrate yourself into the small Colorado mountain community of

Riverside / Raymond elevation 7000ft on this vacation adventure. Our neighborhood rolls along the Middle St Vrain River and is full of other unique cabins and cottages, pine and aspen trees. We are mindful and respect the wildlife that abounds here and shares our neck of the woods.

There is a small "store in town"....hours and offerings vary....perhaps a good spot to grab a cold pop as you head out for the day. Probably a must stop just to soak in the flavor of where you are staying!

Your cottage retreat is about 2 hours north of Denver, 15 miles from Lyons, 20 miles Estes Park and 10 miles from Wild Basin / Rocky Mountain National Park.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

*1 week minimum is required over ALL holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day)

*Please submit an INQUIRY FIRST (not a reservation request). We'd love to hear more about your travel plans and priorities, have you been to the area before, how old are the kids you are traveling with (as we are setup for kids age 6 and older). We require a Reservation Agreement to be signed off on BEFORE officially confirming and paying with VRBO site.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.