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*stay 3 nights for 30% off* Remodeled 3Bed2BA Home W/ Mtn. View, near downtown"""

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

Big Horn Vacation Home: Sleeps up to 6 people.

[EP ID 3495] This home is located about 1.5 miles away from Murphy's Resort (238 Big Horn Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517) but still has mountain views. A quiet retreat only 3 blocks from downtown Estes Park, Big Horn is the perfect mountain home. New flooring, appliances, washer and dryer, fireplace and full kitchen provide comfort and space for family and friends.

Newly remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Master Suite equipped with one King size bed, full bath, flat screen HD TV and DVD player. 2 bedrooms equipped with a Queen size bed in each.

Large full kitchen with a snack bar & dinette set, equipped with a full size stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee pot, blender and toaster.

Living area has Queen sofa sleeper, recliner, air conditioner, built in wood burning fireplace, (Dura Flame logs only), flat screen HD TV and DVD player.

We provide 2 rolls of toilet paper, 1 roll of paper towels, 1 laundry pod, and 1 dishwasher pod per stay.

A one-time, non-refundable cleaning fee of $125.00 is applied at time of booking. Dog friendly, pet fee of $20 per pet, per night applies, no puppies please. Free WIFI.

More Details

Property Manager
Loretta Hetke
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Loretta Hetke

Pat and Melynn Murphy are transforming Estes Park resort property with an energetic and infectious spirit. A few years ago they purchased a rundown resort; re-named it Murphy’s River Lodge and renovated the property into one of Estes Park’s most popular lodgings.

In May, 2013 they acquired a second property and Murphy’s Resort is rapidly becoming a full service resort with pools, playgrounds, hot-tubs, affordable lodging, five vacation homes and wedding services.

The management staff is led by Bruce and Loretta Hetke, whose combined skills cover everything from construction to customer service. The entire staff is service based and anxious to insure that guests are properly welcomed to the Rocky Mountains and that their stay is memorable.

Loretta Hetke purchased this house in 2013


Estes Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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2 blocks from downtown *Newly remodeled 3bed2bath*
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Highly Recommend for a Home Away From Home in Estes Park

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at this VRBO and am incredibly happy with my decision. The home is even more spacious and inviting than it appears in the pictures. My favorite part of the entire house was the master suite. It is huge with a luxurious, updated bathroom - I'm talking a shower along with a soaking tub and plenty of room for two people to get ready for the day with the double vanity. I didn't notice until the end of the trip, but make sure you check out the master bedroom's closet. It's stocked full of games! The kitchen is equally stocked with spices and plenty of cookware to prepare meals. However, the house is so close to downtown Estes (just walk down a hill) that we only prepared one meal at home. I also want to send praise and thanks to those that manage the property. Eliza - the property manager - was incredibly friendly. Even though we were staying at a house, we had the ability to reach her at any time. She also provided us with a map of Estes and made sure we had an easy time finding the rental. It was a great experience and I plan on staying at this rental every time I visit Estes. I cannot recommend it enough!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was absolutely beautiful and inviting from the instant you opened the door!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay at this house and can't wait to go back! I couldn't have asked for a better location! You can literally walk to downtown Estes in minutes, which I loved. The house was beautifully decorated and very cozy. It had all of the accomadations we needed from a washer and dryer to a fully equipped kitchen. The front office staff was also very kind and helpful in directing me to the property. I highly recommend this place to a family, a couple, or group of friends that are looking for a home away from home experience!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wright City, MO

Loved the rental!

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from vacationing in Estes Park and stayed at this property. I'm so glad I picked this house to stay in. I was with my husband and another couple and there was plenty of room for all of us. Only 1/4 of a mile from downtown where all of the shopping, restaurants and places to reserve any activitie are. If you don't feel like going out and just want to chill out for an evening, you have your pick of at least 100 DVD's and multiple board games that are supplied in the house for you. All kitchen utensils you could possibly need are there if you choose to cook. Would definitely recommend this place to others. Only con: broken shower door that does not stay closed all the way in the master bedroom so water winds up on the floor. Other than that, great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, thank you so very much for your review. We listen, guest reviews are what keep us on our toes, making everyone's visit the best it can be. Just wanted to let you know that we already have a new shower and tub for that location. It will be replaced very soon. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the house and do hope you return and try another one of our vacation rentals. Look forward to your next stay :-) Thank you! Loretta/GM
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What a bargain

  • 4 of 5

The close location near the town of Estes, closeness to Estes Park entrance and lake Estes.

All access to the actual resort amenities. The home location was extremely quiet. The home provided all our basic needs without any problems. As an extra bonus we saw some of Colorado's wildlife up close. Most enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pella Iowa


  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay! House had everything we needed and MURPHYS Resort workers were so nice and helpful! Perfect location- we walked to town in 5 mins and there were additional free parking spots along the short road to town if needed. Beds were very comfortable and we loved the beautiful kitchen n dining area. Used the laundry room each night after hiking so that was very convenient. 2 elk even visited our driveway and the neighbor's yard one day! The only thing that could be improved was the wifi- went in and out for us. In summary, this house is a great vacation home- very lovely and comfy! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay! This home is located right by downtown and has many amenities for guests to use.
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Beautiful house: both interiors and location wise

  • 5 of 5


- Excellent interior furniture and decor

- Lots of necessary items provided like: fully furnished kitchen with lots of utensils and spices, lots of towels/napkins, toiletries including soaps, shampoos and moisturizers, a number of board games, TV, fireplace etc

- Washer/dryer included inside the house

- Two sedans can be easily parked in the parking area

- Outside seating area and barbecue

- Very convenient location with Estes park downtown close by and a lot of restaurants near-by. More importantly, Rocky Mountain National Park entrance is just 4 or 5 miles away.

- This property is owned by Murphy's resort (situated nearby) and most of the common facilities there (like pool, hot-tub, children play area etc) can be used by anyone staying in this house as well.


None that I can think of.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Lonigan's or The Wheel
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Estes Park Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
HWY 34
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
47.4 Miles
Eldora Mountain Resort
Car: recommended

We are located within 1 mile of Lake Estes with the Lake Estes Marina less than 1 mile away. They have boat rentals from fishing boats to pontoons to paddle boats, canoes & kayaks and they also have bike rentals. Less than a mile away is Backbone Adventure Rental which supplies rentals for scooters, dirt bikes, atv's, razor's, utv's and full size Jeep Wrangler's. Take a guided tour of the Rockies with Green Jeep Tours or on horseback with National Park Gateway Stables or Cowpoke Corner Corral. Take a look into our history at the Estes Park Museum, have some great Mexican food at Ed's Cantina & Grill, enjoy hand crafted beers at Estes Park Brewery or sample your favorite wine at Snowy Peaks Winery. There are numerous shops and business's in our Downtown area such as great restaurants, gift & souvenir shops, ice cream parlors, fudge and candy shops plus many other attractions.

The number one attraction in the area by far is the Rocky Mountain National Park, it is one of the most visited national parks in the country. With majestic peaks in every direction, wildlife roaming the valleys and some of the most incredible outdoor adventures on the planet, it is no wonder more than three million people flock to the park each year. Within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park, more than 100 peaks rise above 11,000 feet in altitude, including Longs Peak at 14,259 feet. These amazing mountains cradle the Estes Valley, providing residents and guests with incredible beauty and inspiration. Many of the taller peaks make up the Continental Divide, where snow melt runs either west to the Pacific Ocean or east to the Atlantic. The park's vistas are accessible by horseback, on foot, or by car - the most notable vehicle route being Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved highway in North America. No matter your level of interest, adventure awaits you while viewing, exploring and appreciating this breathtaking collection of mountains.

Real Wildlife: While it is possible to travel through Rocky Mountain National Park and not catch sight of any wildlife, we venture to say that is an unlikely experience. From everyday sightings of chipmunks and mule deer to the moving experience of viewing elk in rut (the mating season), the animals in the park let you know that you are part of something truly wild. Some of these critters are harder to spot than others - they might camouflage themselves in the trees or hide in the underbrush - but look closely and you may have an encounter unlike any other.

Incredible Adventures: The outdoor adventurer remains busy throughout the year in Rocky Mountain National Park. Open 365 days a year, there are activities and sports throughout the summer/fall and winter/spring seasons. Whether looking for a new route to an adrenaline rush, or simply enjoying a favorite pastime, Rocky Mountain National Park's unique and varied landscapes offer something fun.

Park Amenities: In addition to its natural wonders, Rocky Mountain National Park provides services and amenities to make your experience special and stress-free. Look through the visitor information and stop by a visitor center to gather all the tidbits you need to know, such as where you're going, what to do and how to prepare.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 10.55%

21 is minimum renter age required.

Pet fee is $20 per pet, per night.
Murphy's home rentals require a 50% Advance Payment and Damage Deposit for reservations made 31 days or more prior to the arrival date or 100% Advance Payment and Damage Deposit (if applicable ) for reservations made within 30 days of the arrival date.

Vacation Home Rental Policies

Payments and Balance Due: The total vacation rental amount and Damage Deposit is due at time of booking on reservations made within 30 days of the arrival date. An Advance Payment and Damage Deposit (if applicable ) is due at time of booking on reservations made 31 days or more prior to the arrival date and second payment balance is due 30 days prior to the arrival date. Murphy’s Resort shall have the right, without further notification, to deem the reservation canceled without refund of Advance Payments if the final payment is not received when due. We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa ONLY. No personal checks will be accepted.keys will be issued at time of check-in. Your credit card will be charged $25.00 for each key not returned upon checkout.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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