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Magnificent Canyon Rim Cabin for the Outdoor & Nature Lover with Views

67 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Canyon - Doves Rest Cabins - ChairLift

Palo Duro Canyon Escape @ Doves Rest Cabins - ChairLift

This “aerial lift” of a cabin takes its name from the Sky Ride concession that operated at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the 1960’s. The original ride’s abutment is sitting next to this cabin reminiscent of the good-old-by-gone-days when station wagons and family vacations were the norm, and state parks were a favorite place to take them. A series of chairlift seats moved excited park visitors from the canyon floor hundreds of feet above to the top of a mesa that can be seen below from this cabin.

Now, excited ChairLift cabin guests unwind and enjoy magical moments at dawn and dusk when the golden light plays over the soaring cliffs and rock spires of Palo Duro. One of the best features of the fantastic view from this cabin is the interplay of blue sky, brick-red rock and lime-green vegetation. ChairLift is the perfect Palo Duro Escape for the nostalgic and adventuress traveler.

ChairLift was created not just to lodge, but to entertain, engage the eye, and occupy the mind in a stage set rooted in Palo Duro Canyon. Like the canyon itself, ChairLift will take your breath away.

Other Cabins -

Doves Rest Cabins manages five private residences at Palo Duro Canyon. Please check our other HomeAway/VRBO listings to book your preferred dates, or book all our cabins for that special group occasion! VRBO listing #668390 for FORTRESS, VRBO listing #723444 for SKYHOUSE, VRBO listing #801442 for COMANCHE, VRBO listing #892352 for El Coronado.

Location -

Only 16-miles from the city of Canyon, home to West Texas A & M University and just 30-miles south from Amarillo and historic Route 66. There is plenty of shopping, restaurants, museum’s and all local amenities to enjoy in the “city.”

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jeff Means
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Jeff Means

Jeff Means is the founder and manager of Doves Rest Cabins. He’s an experienced business professional with a 30+ year career in the hospitality & tourism industry. He has overseen countless event executions and destination/resort marketing efforts. He has personally led groups to over 50-countries and worked closely with resorts and hotels to enhance the guests stay and overall experience. He has traveled to every continent except Antarctica, and almost every state/province in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. During his career he has been to many interesting places such as, the Sahara Desert, Amazon River, Great Barrier Reef, Moscow, Marrakesh, Transylvania, Kenai Peninsula, and the Alps from every country, plus most of the Caribbean Islands. Jeff’s sister lives in New Zealand who he visits occasionally. Interestingly, she has several successful vacation home rentals projects in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina!

Jeff is also an author and accomplished writer. His extensive travels have given him a unique view about the world and the cultures in which we live. His curiosity about world and human origins led him to write his debut novel, Entity of Origin. Jeff was born and raised in Northern California but has called Texas home since 1989.

Jeff Means purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Jeff Means chose Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park with its Technicolor walls make for high-desert scenery more commonly seen in southern Utah. It offers more than 30-miles of hiking, mountain-biking and equestrian trails and an additional 1,500 acres set aside for horseback riding. You can bring your own horses so don’t hesitate to ask us about local boarding.

Mountain bikers can experience the best single track in Texas and will enjoy the well maintained five trail heads networking for some 26-miles throughout the canyon ranging from "mild" to "wild" in technical ability - dirt, rocks, river rock, sand, wash-outs, switchbacks, drop-offs and climbs with alternative trail accesses throughout.

During the summer, enjoy a performance of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS. The play, nearing a half-century in its on-going production runs Tuesdays through Sundays, June through August, at the 1,700 seat Pioneer Amphitheater. Watch the stories, struggles and triumphs of early settlers. The family-friendly show has singing, dancing, fireworks and lots of Texas humor.

You'll find ChairLift a place of amazing beauty, quietness and nurturing of soul & spirit. Here is where the Buffalo roamed. It’s Southern & Quahada Comanche (the most powerful & ruthless Indian tribes in American history), Kiowa, and Cheyenne and Arapaho territory. During their time, around 150-years ago, millions of Buffalo made this land their home and Palo Duro Canyon was a retreat for these nomad Indians - hunters of Buffalo. Chief Quanah Parker, the last of the Quahada Comanche warriors, fought the battle of Palo Duro Canyon not more than 20-miles east from Doves Rest in September 1874. It brought an official end to the U.S./Indian wars and the eventual peace that finally allowed settlers to occupy this last remaining freedom-outpost of “uncivilized” land in North America. Now, fun memories and RELAXATION happen here!

What makes this cabin unique

Off the beaten path and outside of mainstream destinations, we’re far from every other place to stay. We deliver an amazing guest experience that is truly authentic Texan, personal, and character-rich. Doves Rest Cabins is truly a unique base camp from which to explore one of the world’s most transformative spot – Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Doves Rest Cabins is ideal for travelers who believe small is beautiful, and see travel not as something one does, but rather identifies it as part of who one is.

If private and quiet surrounded by nature with friendly wildlife nestled in your own little world only a few minutes away to the second largest canyon in America interests you, then you’re in the right place!


based on 67 holidaymaker reviews

Magnificent Canyon Rim Cabin for the Outdoor & Nature Lover with Views
average rating of 4.955224 based on 67 reviews

Warm country feel with touches of luxury

  • 5 of 5

Lovely clean house with a warm "at home" feel. They have included many luxurious touches that make it feel like a five star hotel. The view is unbelievable and watching the sun rise over the canyon is not to be missed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING cabin with even more AMAZING VIEWS!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great and relaxing time! The sunrises and sunsets, alone, were worth the trip! Sitting on the front porch, listening to the wind blow through the canyon was so peaceful! A nice change from the everyday hustle and bustle!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic place. The property manager was prompt in answering any questions. Definitely recommend.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect experience. Very clean and kept. A place I would refer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shermer - Chairlift Review

  • 4 of 5


Cabin was great - clean and well stocked. I might add another larger frying pan to the choices.

The air-freshener in the living room probably doesn't need to go off so often.

The double rocker on the porch was awesome -would have loved to have another one. Grill was fantastic.

I'd definitely recommend to others.

State Park

We were not disappointed with the hiking options within the park. It is what we came for and it will be why we come back. Lighthouse and Rock Garden trails were pretty spectacular.


We went into Canyon and ate lunch at Feldman's which was good and a nice option, relatively close.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Cabin on the Edge of Palo Duro Canyon

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Chairlift Cabin/Dove's rest at the end of a long driving vacation. What a relaxing stay -- this cabin was furnished with everything we could want for our comfort! From the champagne in the fridge to the chocolates on our pillows, we loved this place. Great views from the front porch and we were lucky enough to be staying there during a full moon which was spectacular! We would definitely come back and stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW! Chairlift Cabin is Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Chairlift Cabin was just perfect for our group of 4 adults. The cabin really lacks nothing...from comfortable beds to fully ourfitted kitchen. We spent 3 nights and only left the cabin for hiking. The view is absolutely amazing. We enjoyed cocktails on the patio and grilled steaks while just taking in the view. So glad we brought all our food with us and did not have to waste a minute of relaxing in the cabin or hiking time. I highly recommend spending time at Chairlift Cabin and Palo Dura Canyon! Thank you Jeff for all the special touches.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Wild Buffalo's
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Palo Duro Country Club
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
I - 27
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Wild Buffalo's
Nearest Ski
280 Miles
Red River
Nearest Beach
803 Miles
South Padre Island

The #1 and only private vacation homes overlooking Palo Duro Canyon S.P.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Canyon, Texas Panhandle

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
19 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
TEXAS Outdoor Musical
1 Jun 2017 - 15 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £123
Cleaning Fee £61 + Tax
Watershed Conservation £8 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation: Full refund if cancelled 60-days prior to arrival. No refund if cancelled with-in 60-days of arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Canyon, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom #1 - King Bed with 42' TV Bedroom #2 - Queen Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
We have multiple cabins at Doves Rest so please contact us for your group needs. Concierge Service – Don’t have time to shop? Let us take care of your grocery list for you. We’ll buy and deliver your groceries upon your arrival including liquor, beer, wine and beverages. We know the premiere butcher shops for the finest cuts of Texas Panhandle beef, locally made sausages, chicken and fresh fish. Fee starting at $40.00, plus cost of groceries. 48 hour advance notice requested.

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