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Beautiful 1 Bedroom Guest Home in the Escalante Canyon

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

1 Bedroom Guest House on 40 acres in the Escalante Canyon

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).

More Details

Katie Howland 2
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2017

About Katie Howland 2

About the owners Doug, Bev, Miranda, 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, run a motel, and managed their various properties over the years. Their youngest daughter Katie lives in Portland with her older sister Miranda. After a career in the arts, she 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 like to hike, horseback ride, ski, practice yoga, whitewater raft, dance, and travel in their free time.

They also have vacation rentals in the town of Sedona in Northern Arizona and on the North Shore of Kauai.

Katie Howland 2 purchased this house in 1993

Why Katie Howland 2 chose Utah

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Escalante in Garfield County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Outdoor Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • whitewater rafting
This property is the last private in holding in the Escalante Canyons.


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful 1 Bedroom Guest Home in the Escalante Canyon
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place is like a secret fishing hole to a fisherman--it's so great that I'm reluctant to share a review for fear it will become too popular! We loved the house--everything nicely appointed, the shower is artwork, windows are placed so everywhere you are (particularly master bedroom) you are looking out at beautiful scenery! Quiet. You can hear the river. Dark, so stars are brilliant. For us, it was great. But, know yourself, because you do cross the river in a car, and it is secluded. For us, also, it is so near great hikes. Owner communication is timely and helpful. We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Warm open contemporary with your own canyon!

  • 5 of 5

There's something very special about waking up every morning surrounded by canyon views- from a comfortable king size bed. Secluded yet accessible. A little intimidating crossing the river the first time only. Well-stocked kitchen. Easy to reach owners-readily answered all questions-great customer service. We hope to be lucky enough to return to the guest house or to rent the larger home with our grown children in the future. Unique adventures await in every

direction. Multiple guides in town for slot canyon trips. Utah Canyon Outdoors matched our abilities perfectly to showcase the Hole in the Rock Road.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Cool Cabin in an Awesome Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay here. We came to hike and relax in the Escalante Grand Staircase Monument and this cabin was a great start. Many of our hikes started right from the cabin, no need to even in get in our car. The cabin is located in a very scenic canyon and the porch is a great place to just sit outside and relax and admire the views. The cabin itself is very well done, a beautiful building inside and out. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is special.

  • 5 of 5

We've done a fair amount of traveling around the world and always prefer to rent homes over hotels. And, we have to say that this property is unbelievably special and everything about this house was perfect for our stay. The managers were always quick to respond with any questions we had. The kitchen was nicely equiped with higher end knives and pans than one normally finds in rentals. We love to cook, and this made everything great.

This part of the world is something everyone should see, and Escalante offers a level of solitude that's simply wonderful. The night sky is simply stunning, and the property is a destination in itself!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and dark on the Escalante in December

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to the guest house was outstanding! We enjoyed the dark skies and powerful quiet of the canyon. The Creamery Cellar trail was a highlight of our trip. It is recommended for its historic nature, but also for its vistas, heights, and colors. Thanks to the Howlands for sharing this lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another EXCEPTIONAL trip

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
311 Miles
Las Vegas/Salt Lake City
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Kiva Koffee House
Car: necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Escalante, USA

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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £58.49
Damage Deposit £272.96

50% required at time of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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