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Historic Granite home on the Arkansas River

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath with mountain views for sure.

Granite Haven is your perfect home away from home, whether you are looking for a peaceful get-a-way or seeking adventure and recreation. We are surrounded by BLM and National Forest which offer peace and solitude, or just sit on the deck and watch the wildlife. On the other end of the spectrum, rafting, hiking, biking, skiing and boarding (Copper Mountain is a 45 minute drive, Monarch is 45 minutes away, and Vail is 1 hour, and Ski Cooper is 30 minutes), and fishing are all easily accessible. In the summer, a beautiful drive over Independence Pass (which is closed in the winter) will get you to Aspen in 1 hour. This is a turn of the century miner's home with approximately 1000 sf., two bedrooms and 1-1/2 baths. Sleeps six. The house has new hardwood floors and an updated kitchen and bathroom complete with washer and dryer in the big mud room entry. Unique tin ceilings are still intact in the original part of the house along with original wood flooring in the bedrooms. The house sits in the side of the hill overlooking the historic Granite townsite and the Arkansas River. Spectacular views of the Sawatch Range. Stay five nights and get two nights FREE!!

Kent & Kim Naegele
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

About Kent & Kim Naegele

Kim is 5th generation Granite. Her great-great-grandfather was a freighter and homesteaded the Clear Creek Ranch just south of Granite. So it was quite natural for us to move back to Granite. Kent is a carpenter and builds everything from cabinets and furniture to new custom homes. Kim is a science teacher at the Buena Vista High School.

Kent & Kim Naegele purchased this house in 2009

Why Kent & Kim Naegele chose Colorado

The town of Granite has a rich history in mining and railroads. The infamous shooting of Judge Dwyer during the Lake County Wars transpired in Granite. In 1876, the year of Colorado statehood, Granite was the county seat. After loosing this distinction to Buena Vista, residents of Granite were unwilling to relinquish the county records to Buena Vista. Residents of Buena Vista then resorted to a clandestine, middle of the night, gunpoint, robbery of the records. Before the mining boom in Leadville, Granite was the hot spot for gold mining, and remnants of these historic mines are all around Granite. Our family history is here, and our roots run deep in Granite. The house was passed down through the family, and we now have the privilege of living in Granite.

What makes this house unique

Wildlife--Here in Granite we have our own resident big horn sheep herd. The ewes hang out in town summer, fall, and winter. During the spring they go south for lambing and then bring their lambs back to town in the late summer. In the fall the rams join the ewes and enjoy running around the front yard of the house eating the flowers. For bird enthusiasts, Granite attracts rare rosy finches in the winter and hundreds of hummingbirds, broadtail, rufus, and calliope, in the summer. A pair of osprey has a nest just ¼ mile from Granite as well. Granite Haven has feeders right outside the windows so you can enjoy these feathered friends close up.

Fishing and Hunting--The gold medal Arkansas River is a stone's throw from the house to catch fat brown trout. For those who prefer delicious brook trout, Low Pass Creek, is ½ mile north of Granite. The native cutthroat trout are also available for those who are more adventurous and willing to hike a few miles to the high lakes up above timberline. Clear Creek Reservoir and Twin Lakes are both less than ten minutes away. Granite is surrounded by BLM and national forest for those interested in hunting elk, deer, and antelope.

Hiking and Biking--Chaffee County boasts the highest number of 14ers than any other county in Colorado. Granite is located on the northern edge of Chaffee County, so Elbert, Massive, La Plata, and Sherman are all close trailheads as well. For those who prefer a nice walk in the woods, any direction from Granite offers spectacular views and the sound of running water. Miles and miles of mountain bike trails, including the Colorado Trail, are easily accessible from the yellow house. Ski Cooper is a 30 minute drive from Granite. Copper Mountain and Monarch are only 45 minutes away. Three rafting companies are within 5 minutes of Granite and offer the adventure of Pine Creek, Numbers, and Brown's Canyon sections of the Arkansas River.


Granite House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We do not charge a cleaning fee so please clean up after yourself.
  • Absolutely no smoking or vaping any substance in the house.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom has a full size (double) bed with a 1/2 bath attached. 2nd bedroom has a queen size bed. The family room has a sleeper sofa as well.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Historic Granite home on the Arkansas River
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Granite Rocks!

  • 5 of 5

All four of us had a blast! The little yellow house was perfectly situated on a hillside that overlooked the Arkansas River giving breathtaking morning views as the sun came over the mountain. We hiked from the house up the old canyon road, we fished in the river, and we mountain biked far up into BLM property. Equidistant to Leadville and BV, we could hardly narrow down our list of activities each day. The house was kept wonderfully, very comfortable, with all the modern amenities us city folk are used to, and the hosts were as gracious as they come. Love the history of their property, the old school house, and the old town of Granite. A thoroughly refreshing getaway, we highly recommend a stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location , beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

Friendly hosts, historic home , all Kim & Kent said it is .

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Buena Vista, CO

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Granite. The house was well stocked and very comfortable. We went on several hikes from the house and loved waking up to the view of the mountains and the songbirds.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving 2016

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the most beautiful places! The house has everything you need for a great trip! We fixed Thanksgiving meal and all the spices we needed were there already! The view is indescribable! We relaxed, we ate, we hiked! It was all fantastic. The owners go out of their way to make everything perfect! We will definitely recommend this property to our friends and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lakewood, CO, USA

Serene, comfortable home!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here 9/23-9/26. Two adults - one of us finished climbing all the 14ers on Mt Elbert, the other hiked 2 days, Mt Elbert with the finisher and Mt Oklahoma the following day. The aspens were peak - gorgeous.

There are loads of outdoor activities nearby to keep anyone from boredom.

Both Buena Vista and Leadville are less than 30 minutes drive either way.

We found this home to have everything we needed to be comfortable and feel welcome. The beds had flannel sheets and a down comforter - cozy warmth on cool autumn nights! The fireplace is a tremendous source of heat, also. The layout of the home is spacious.

We prepared a few meals in the kitchen - it is well stocked with pans and utensils.

We enjoyed the amazing starlit heavens at night. Could see the milky way.

And Tux the cat was a delightful companion!

We'd definitely love to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, peaceful, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property for climbing the many 14ers close-by, training or participating in one of Leadville's many great races, or just getting away from everything to allow you to actually feel yourself breathing again! The house is well-kept, quaint and historic-feeling yet updated enough to provide all the modern amenities you might need. (But do yourself a favor and leave the TV off for most of the day and get out and experience some of the most gorgeous scenery in the US...) The owners communicated well and they provide a great value in this property. Would rent this place again with no hesitations!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Central Colorado Regional Airport/ Lake County
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Twin Lakes Inn
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Mount Massive Golf Course--America's Highest
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Leadville Scenic Railway
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 24
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Sage Cafe
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Ski Cooper
Car: necessary

Historic Granite sits on the Arkansas River just below the Sawatch Range (the most 14'ers in the State of Colorado). Granite is also halfway between Twin Lakes and Clear Creek Resevoir. Granite sits 20 minutes South of Leadville, CO and 20 minutes North of Buena Vista, CO on US Hwy. 24


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Deposit of 50% of the total stay is required with reservations.
Cancellations made within 29 days of arrival are subject to a loss of deposit.
Cancellations made within 30 or more of arrival date will be refunded.
All cancellations are subject to a $30 fee and no refund of the vrbo service fee.
Check out time: 11:00 am
Check in time: 3:00 pm

Owner'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.

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