This property is part of a 160 acre private in holding in the heart of
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, seated halfway
between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.
Located where Scenic Highway 12 ('The Golden Loop') crosses the
Escalante River, it is the hiking trail head to the renowned Escalante
Canyons. The main home (see vrbo 228445) and guest house are the
only structures on the last 40 acres downriver before 75 miles of
wilderness area that runs all the way to Lake Powell.
This getaway is a quaint 2 story 1 bedroom, 1 bath river front guest
home that is perfect for two. The 700 sq. ft. home faces views of the
Escalante Canyon, meadows, cliffs, and river and sits in a lush
riparian oasis surrounded by 600 ft. sandstone cliffs. The guest house
faces away from the main house 600 ft. away, so as to maximize
privacy. Hike from the front door to first class scenic wonders.
Magnificent views can be seen from the living/dining area, and from
the fully equipped kitchen that has granite counter tops, cherry wood
cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom with a
king bed is on the 2nd floor. The bedroom and 6x12 balcony have
beautiful meadow and red rock canyon views. The shower is an oval
glass mosaic tile walk in, no doors needed, with a colorful, local
river pebble floor. The walls of the home are plastered with the
beautiful red canyon sand. The home has excellent wi-fi and no TV. A
high clearance vehicle is preferable for the concreted low-water river
crossing (generally 1 ft. deep).
About the owners Doug, Bev, and Katie Howland: Doug is a 35-year designer/builder who built this beautiful home. Bev, a jack-of-all-trades, has owned a health food store, opened a charter elementary school, ran a motel, and managed various properties over the years. Katie their youngest daughter, who lives in Portland with her older sister Miranda, after a carrier in the arts, now manages the family’s properties. They built the house over a 7-year period in the late 90’s, commuting 7 hours each way from their home in Arizona. Doug and Beverly now migrate between their properties in Arizona, Utah, and Hawaii. They enjoy to hike, horseback ride, ski, practice yoga, whitewater raft, dance, and travel in their free time.
Katie Howland 2 purchased this house in 1993
Doug and Bev came across this property in the early '90s. They fell in love with it not only for its beauty, but also because it is both accessible and secluded with the Escalante River flowing through it.
There are many amazing natural wonders right out the front door and within an hour's drive (see above). Look for deer and wild turkey in the meadow in the mornings and evenings and watch the cloud shadows change over the canyon walls. Head up or down the canyon into rugged wilderness, and return home to comfort.
We’re just back from a 10th visit to this area, our 5th at the same property, and our 1st at this home. We discovered this part of S. Utah on a meandering road trip from Tulsa to L.A. 9 years ago and were astounded by the grandeur, colors, and seemingly infinite expansiveness of the area. A year or so later, we discovered Doug & Bev’s other home on the same property (vrbo #228445) and were fortunate enough to stay there on 4 prior occasions. And though words seem insufficient in describing the beauty, solitude and absolute serenity of this place, it’s best for me to say “WE LOVE IT THERE.”
This year, after deciding to return to the area a few weeks ago, we were disappointed to find that ‘our’ place was booked on our requested dates. As an alternative, we were offered an ‘annex’ (a ‘Barnament’ as Bev & Doug call it) - built on the property since our last visit. We reserved it for 5 nights – and though apprehensive that any new structure on the same acreage would detract from the its appeal, we can now verify that the new home keeps entirely the silence, darkness, & sense of isolation that we associate with the original place. In other words, we LOVE it here ALSO and will be back as soon as possible.
For any needing orientation here, the 2 homes sit about ½ mile back from US 12 on a dirt road, on the banks of Calf Creek (a tributary to the Escalante River), at the base of red rock cliffs, roughly 50 m. from Bryce, 12 m. from Escalante (p. 780), and 16 m. from Boulder (p. 180). They give unequaled access to the spectacular 2m. acre Grand Staircase-Escalante Natl Mon. - a primitive area of canyons and unmatched scenery to the northeast of the property. The hamlet of Boulder has 2 incongruously exceptional small diners and Escalante has 2 good restaurants & an adequate grocery.
To complete this, Doug is a skilled architect whose skill, attention to simplicity & detail, and self-evident efforts to integrate the dwellings with the color, shapes, & scale of the surrounding landscape is altogether visible in the design & placement of both homes.
So before, we have purposely hesitated to recount our hyperbolic impressions of these homes even to best friends - but at risk of preempting our own next visit, I can’t recommend these homes or this region highly enough. It absolutely rejuvenates us each time we go.
Thank you so much, Bev & Doug, for sharing your beautiful homes and land with us again.
Best always, Lori & David
Lovely private and secluded home in the Escalante canyon. Amazing location. Everything you could is possibly need in the house. Between Escalante and Boulder so lots of hiking possibilities.
We find that words aren't adequate to describe this beautiful home and the nature that surrounds it. Our stay this past fall was perfect in every way. The house's design and decor are impeccable and match the beauty of the Monument. We hiked every day, once or twice just walking from our front door to explore the river and the canyon both up and downstream. Sitting on the upstairs deck and watching the wild turkeys fly in to celebrate the sunset with us was a daily event, as were the evenings watching the stars come out. When we did venture out in the truck, there were many adventures within a reasonable distance, as well as a fine dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill! Thanks, Doug and Beverly, for sharing your beautiful home and making our time there perfect. We'll be back!
We loved our stay in your beautiful guest house. Everything about the house is so tastefully done and complements the surrounding red rock canyon. It was hard to leave. This was our first time to explore The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument—a wonderful area. Some of our favorite hiking trails left from the house – no driving required. You have truly created a very special, peaceful home.
This is the greatest VRBO we have ever stayed at (and we use VRBO alot!) The seclusion is wonderful - you have the whole canyon to yourself (1 other house at the end.) The sunlight streams through the floor length windows. There is a hiking trail right down the road & Kiva Koffee house is about 1 mile. We loved it here & will be back. The shower was neat & the bed was very comfortable. We are hikers & it is someplace we would hike to except you are there & have a comfortable cabin to stay in. Every morning rising to the the canyon views is something I will never forget.
Nature in her wisdom has made some of her most special places hard to find and difficult to access. This is such a place. Part of me wants to keep it a secret for my own selfish use, however, I promised Beverly a review. I was attracted by the fact that I had to ford a stream to arrive, intriguing, but not dangerous. Creates anticipation which is well rewarded upon arrival in a spectacular red rock perimeter box canyon which exudes privacy and beauty. I am not prone to superlatives, but awesome, fantastic, and mind-boggling are on the tip of my tongue. Southern Utah has some of the most striking country in the whole world and this is its apex.
Peggie and I stayed in the smaller of the two available hostels. It was perfect for two.There is also a home that will accommodate larger parties. Winter brings quiet and inactivity to the area, but this retreat is special anytime of year. It belongs on your bucket list.
From The Front Door: Premier Southwest riparian/slickrock hiking and riding, Lower Calfcreek Falls, Upper Calfcreek Falls, Escalante Arch, Bowington Arch, Phipps Arch, Petroglyphs/Pictographs, trout fishing, 1000 year old Indian ruins, Kiva Koffee House.
Within One Hour From The Front Door: Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Slot Canyons (Peek a Boo, Brimstone, and Spooky), Hole in the Rock/Colorado River, Devil’s Garden, Hell's Backbone scenic loop, Burr Trail scenic road, Anasazi State Park & Museum, Kodachrome State Park, Hell’s Backbone Grill,
Available Activities: guided expeditions, horseback riding, fly fishing/fishing, hunting.
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