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Off-Grid Canyon-Edge Sustainable Earthship

(11 Reviews)

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Nestled on the edge of Ladder Canyon, the scenery is spectacular.


Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Handcrafted, sustainable art home in spectacular setting. 2000 sq. ft.

Spectacular views of a secluded canyon near Colorado National Monument. Solar powered earthship, designed by Michael Reynolds, this off-grid paradise is situated on 35 wooded acres on the edge of a truly stunning canyon. Open layout, large kitchen, great for family and friends to gather. Rustic decor, rough natural interior finishes. Great for mountain biking, x-country skiing, hiking. Day trip distance to Arches, Canyonlands, hot springs, and ski resorts. Our home is a work in progress with some rough finishes and some area where you can see the construction details.
Because it is powered by the sun and thermal mass, interior temperatures do not change rapidly.

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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Because of the rugged landscape and 300 ft. canyon drop, this is not suitable for children who are heedless to the dangers. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs are welcome....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    There is one 4 inch step into the house from the entryway but both the inner and outer front doors are doubles. Most of the house is wheelchair accessible. The door to the toilet is too narrow but there are handrails....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Master bedroom: 1 queen


  • Two full size futons in the great room each sleep two.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Handrails. Large walk in shower w/ built in bench. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Composting toilet. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Large selection of books....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Botanical Garden
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Thirteen miles from charming Grand Junction Main Street, home of Art on the Corner, fine restaurants, and the historic Avalon Theater....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Located at an altitude of approximately 7000 ft. it sits at the north edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau and features a spectacular canyon view....moreless

  • Rural:

    Set on 35 canyon and wooded acres. Abundant wildlife. Great hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing. Quiet peaceful retreat for writing, yoga, and creating art....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowmobiling


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Bar area with 2 stools and table with 6 chairs. Highchair available by request....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Stationary bike and hand weights....moreless

  • Garage:


  • Heating:

    House usually stays toasty with passive solar and in-floor solar powered radiant heat. Gas space heater in main bathroom....moreless

  • Internet:

    We use the Verizon personal hotspot on our cell phones and it works better than any other internet service we've tried up here....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large great room. Great for retreats or family gatherings....moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    No landlines but we just installed a booster that works great with Verizon cell phones and is advertised as working with ATT, T-Mobile and other US cell carriers....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove:

    Wood stoves in the great room and master bedroom....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    The kitchen features a large camp style percolator and a french press. Electric coffee makers exert too great a draw for our photovoltaic system....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with gas range, large refrigerator, double sink, bar sink, and dishwasher....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small basic office type microwave....moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Ask ahead of time for access to the gas grill....moreless



Write a review 4.6
from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,100 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 4.9%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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17 Miles
Nearest Airport
Grand Junction Regional Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
Redlands Mesa
13 Miles
Nearest Train
GJ Amtrak Station
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dos Hombres
53 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Necessary

Immediate access to listed leisure, sports, & adventure activities. 30 - 45 minute drive from listed attractions and the Colorado River for rafting and kayaking.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: Didi may have grown up all over the world as a military child but Colorado has been her family's home since 1861. Rick grew up in Denver. They met in Gunnison, Colorado when Rick enrolled at Western State after his military service. Rick, a stained glass artist, carpenter, mechanic, and jack of all trades worked at a building center while building the house. Didi is a librarian who has written several books about books. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. They also nurtured 58 foster teenagers before moving up to their canyonedge retreat.

Why the Owner Chose Glade Park, CO, USA:
For years the Heralds dreamed of building on off-grid sustainable home, and in 1999 their dream came true when this rare canyon side acreage came up for sale. Building the earthship was a labor of love and has proven to be even more comfortable and beautiful than their wildest dreams as well as educational.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Leaping Lizard Earthship is built from recycled materials and uses renewable energy. Our annual utility bill is under $200.00 a year! The house is powered by photovoltaic generated electricity. It is heated and cooled with solar energy, strategic orientation, and natural convection. Domestic water is collected from rain, snow, and condensation. It goes through a three stage filtering system. It is luxurious off-grid living with ample electricity for lighting, computers, and entertainment as well as running a dishwasher and washing machine. For Didi, the rugged landscape and dramatic canyon make it the most beautiful place on the face of the earth.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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  • Nestled on the edge of Ladder Canyon, the scenery is spectacular.

    Nestled on the edge of Ladder Canyon, the scenery is spectacular.

  • Deer in front yard.

    Deer in front yard.

  • Garage, approaching the house.

    Garage, approaching the house.

  • Walk in the neighborhood

    Walk in the neighborhood

  • Gate.


  • Hang your bathrobe on this whimsical hook.

    Hang your bathrobe on this whimsical hook.

  • Small bedroom with queen bed.

    Small bedroom with queen bed.

  • Kitchen.


  • View of the solar panels from the north east edge of the property.

    View of the solar panels from the north east edge of the property.

  • Entrance in winter.

    Entrance in winter.

  • Mexican vacation inspired bathroom.

    Mexican vacation inspired bathroom.

  • View looking down the canyon.

    View looking down the canyon.

  • Front deck.

    Front deck.

  • Morning walk.

    Morning walk.

  • Canyon edge.

    Canyon edge.

  • Coat rack and controllers for the solar powered in floor radiant heat.

    Coat rack and controllers for the solar powered in floor radiant heat.

  • The great room.

    The great room.

VRBO #678978

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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