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Lake Cabin at Arapahoe Bay- Grand Lake/Granby Area in Arapahoe National Forest

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

'Monarch Cabin' is a Beautifully Remodeled Log Cabin! 4 bdrm (5 beds- 3 new queen mattresses as of May 2017), 1 full bath, full kitchen, including, stove, microwave, fridge and all food/cooking utensils, along with a LP Grill on the covered deck. Nestled in the valley between Monarch & Granby Lakes in Arapahoe Bay surrounded by Arapahoe National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park! Lake Granby and Monarch Lake are walking distance from the cabin, and less than a 1/2 mile from the cabin to the public boat dock. Private Parking on site available for renter's boat.

THINGS TO DO: Rent boats on Lake Granby, walk to fly fish the S. Fork of the Colorado River. Fish by shore or boat on the big lake or smaller Monarch Lake. Go canoeing, boating, kayaking by day. Hike the trails from the front door ('Monarch Cabin' is on the Continental Divide Trail - CDT). RELAX and enjoy the clean fresh air! Enjoy amazing sunsets and campfires by night under the stars around the fire pit. Relax in the warm living room around a LP potbelly stove. Grand Lake night life, dining & shopping is only 20 min away!! 

Wildlife abounds; moose often walk casually by the cabin along with fox and deer. Charming swarms of hummingbirds flock to the feeders on the covered deck. 
Come experience the True Colorado!!! 
The 'Monarch Cabin' will book quickly for the 2016 summer season.
Don't miss out, reserve your vacation now! 
Arapahoe National Park is one of the only parks in Colorado that allows dogs on leash in the park!! 
Well behaved pets welcome @ Monarch cabin with a non refundable pet fee, 
per pet. 
2 dog maximum.

More Details

Brad Thurman and Chad Gerstner
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

This cabin holds a special place in my heart. You see, my family built this cabin. By hand. Cutting down every single log. Sweat equity, or labor of love, they call it. It's been updated beautifully by the new owners, but I can still picture the cabin of my youth clearly. I spent my entire childhood, and some of my adult life at that cabin. The slanted ceilings upstairs, and reading by lantern light in the evenings. The 70s sports wallpaper in the children's room, reflecting the era the cabin was built. Fighting with my cousins over the pillow mattress, as it was so soft that you would simply sink down into it. During my childhood, there were so many trees around the cabin, that you couldn't see any neighbors at all. The light barely floated down from the trees, reflecting a soft green glow on the grounds. I saw another reviewer comment on seeing the neighbors. But the upside to less trees would be the view of the stars. They were brilliant up there when I was younger :) In my youth, we would come running back from the lake with a string full of trout, which my grandfather would cook on the grill for us. Hike the many trails, hunting for wild raspberries that my grandmother would make into jam. The grandfather clock on the stairs that would chime beautifully every hour. Walking over to the beaver ponds, hand in hand with my grandmother singing 'Give Said the Little Stream' . Watching for the Momma moose, who every year had twins. One time, nearly walking into her as I was walking with my own children. Us both frozen in fear, but letting each other pass with our wee ones, a mutual understanding that only a mother knows. Or sitting patiently under the hummingbird feeder until a hummingbird landed on our fingers. My grandmother loved the hummingbirds. She's the reason they flock there in droves. She enticed them in many years ago. I think her memory floats on their wings. Her failing health and their age was the reason for having to part with such a treasure. But I think of it often. Especially as it brought so much joy to my grandmother in particular. It's a place of immeasurable beauty. And my only hope is that it brings as much happiness to it's visitors, as it always did to all of us. Blessings.
Apr 2016
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Granby Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • New updated bathroom with shower/tub combo
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main Level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Main level- Twin mattresses on bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs bedroom
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountaineering
We are completely off the grid! Go green while on vacation. All electricity is solar powered!


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Lake Cabin at Arapahoe Bay- Grand Lake/Granby Area in Arapahoe National Forest
average rating of 4.62069 based on 30 reviews

relaxing and enjoyable!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at your cabin! We saw so much wildlife and really enjoyed the secluded neighborhood. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, fun, relaxing, beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The cabin was very comfortable, clean, and well stocked. We enjoyed the cool nights and great hikes close by. We did see moose, and deer right near the cabin. It's all as discribed in the adds. It's def off the the main roads and the traffic. I'd say it's a great Colorado experience. Thanks so much. We will come back. Probably in the winter next time! If it's available that is.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olathe, Kansas

Great place to get away

  • 4 of 5

We (6 adults + 1 toddler) really enjoyed staying at this cabin. The four bedrooms allowed each party to have their own room and we really appreciated the toddler bed. The beds were all very comfortable and the kitchen was fully stocked and functional. There isn't a lot of common area inside the cabin as the living room/dining room combo area was pretty small for our party of 7, but would be sufficient for a smaller party; and we spent a lot of time outside, so it was only a bit of a problem in the mornings and late evenings when we were all inside together. The highlight of this place is the wildlife. We saw moose and deer every single day we were there - down the road, in the front yard, across the way - it was incredible! We also saw foxes and, plenty of hummingbirds and chipmunks by the cabin. And we enjoyed seeing elk and eagles around granby lake and grand lake. You're close enough to conveniently enjoy RMNP and the shops and restaurants and Grand Lake and Lake Granby, but far enough away to feel like you're escaping the hustle and bustle. The views from the front windows are awesome, and it's an easy walk to the lake and beach at the campgrounds. A wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Randi! Really glad you and your family had a great visit!!
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Monarch Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Monarch Cabin exceeded all expectations. This cozy, rustic cabin provided the rest and relaxation we desperately needed. The views of the surrounding mountains were simply breath-taking. Also, wildlife abounds, so every day offered an awesome new encounter with nature. We especially enjoyed watching a moose walk by the cabin in the early hours of the morning. Monarch Lake is simply stunning, a must see while visiting. The cabin itself was warm, cozy, and inviting and included everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Weekend in the Rockies

  • 5 of 5

We loved our trip to Monarch Cabin. From the fox that would stop by each morning to the Moose that wondered by it was amazing. We caught the brilliant colors of the fall aspens which was incredible, We went fishing in Granby Lake, Grand Lake and Monarch Lake and caught rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout. Best trip we have had in a long time.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

This was a really cool place to stay. The cabin was warm and clean. We really enjoyed ourselves. You are very close to great fishing and hiking. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $99 + Tax

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in
No refunds if cancelled within 14 days

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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