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The Wilderness House - Rustic Luxury in the Desert

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Wilderness House is set in one of the most stunning areas of the American Southwest. This house is completely off the grid with no one in site in this unspoilt private canyon, it feels like you are a world away from everything, yet you are still close enough to the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as the Colorado river and the excitement of Moab.

Beautiful hikes are on your doorstep. And, you can relax at the end of the day with beautiful red rock and mountain scenery and to the sound of rushing water below.

Preparing this description is quite difficult, because the Wilderness House is indescribable. You will be speechless too.

If you need to quiet the chatter and reconnect with nature, then this is the place.

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Adam Olive
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Thu, 11:44 AM

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The Wilderness House

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Terry Edwards

Hello Neal

Terry Edwards asked that I drop you a note regarding The Wilderness House.

I will be returning for my 5th stay at the house the first week of June 2014.

I can not say enough good things about the house and working with Terry on setting up your accommodations. She has always been a pleasure to work with and is very responsive to any of your needs. She is also very good about returning your security deposit right away after your departure.

The house is completely private and very remote. The house sits perked on the edge of the mountain that makes up one side of the canyon walls. You drive a couple of miles into the canyon to get to the house and go through a locked gate which keeps anyone and everyone from entering the canyon except for the guest staying at the house. As you get far enough into the canyon you will begin to see the house sitting perfectly up the canyon wall waiting for your arrival. The only other people you will ever see once in the canyon are the possible guest of the vacation house further up into the canyon ... Buy several times that I have been there we see NO ONE the whole time we are there. The high clearance vehicle Terry mentioned is a MUST! Just a good SUV is needed.

As Terry mentioned, it is about 25 minutes into Moab for anything you might need. The house has a fully equipped kitchen so after several very disappointing meals in town we tend to buy groceries to stock the refrigerator and make meals at the house.

As far as the night skies and stargazing ... you can not pick a better location. If the sky is clear of clouds at night you will see stars like you've never seen before. I live in Dallas where you're lucky to see one or two stars at night. There are plenty of spots around the house to plant a lounge chair and enjoy just looking at the night sky. We've even slept out when the weather permits. If you are looking to go in June you should really enjoy the cool evenings because of the altitude. Check to see if there is a meteor shower scheduled for when you are there. It's pretty spectacular to be there during one of the yearly showers.

Also it gets pretty warm in June so you will be able to enjoy the luxury of having your own pool just out your door. It's big enough for a couple of rafts to just float t
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Spanish Valley

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children not allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) All 3 rooms have two twin beds which can be converted to king with special inserts and clamps., Twin or Single Beds (1) All 3 rooms have two twin beds which can be converted to king with special inserts and clamps.
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Radios in rooms have portable device connectivity, i.e. bring your iPod or other mp3 player or cd player.


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The Wilderness House - Rustic Luxury in the Desert
average rating of 4.8125 based on 19 reviews

Stunning, Amazing Property

  • 5 of 5

Our group just returned (stayed the last week of March, 2018)from the Wilderness House. What a great time we had! Part of the adventure was driving through the beautiful canyon to get there. My Subaru Outback made the commute just fine. For being off the grid, the house was very comfortable and there was always warm water. The hot tub was HOT, which our group thoroughly enjoyed. Working with Mark and Adam was easy and were patient in answering all of our many questions. I loved that the kitchen was well stocked(TWO refrigerators), the BBQ was ready to go, and they even had laundry soap! We spent our days adventuring around the area and slept so well in the house. To make a few suggestions, perhaps a bit more cleaning of the cobwebs on the walls and rafters. (But who really cares with the gorgeous view!?) Note: They ask that you pack out your own trash and recycle. We brought the trash to Ken's Lake down the road. We were unable to pack out the recycle as we couldn't fit it all, as we were traveling from out of state with all our camping gear. (Sorry!) I also really appreciated that the rooms were well spaced and that a large group could fit comfortably. Thank you for all the great memories, the relaxation, the canyon and mountain views. Seriously, the pictures do NOT do this place justice. Come see for yourself! We will be back!

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Peaceful, quiet, unique. It is not clearly stated, but the 3rd bedroom is in a separate but nearby building (pool house).

  • Submitted: 5-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

We loved staying here. Being right in the mountains was awesome. We literally walked out the door and began hiking! Amazing hieroglyphs just minutes from the house. We stayed here during a VERY busy weekend in Moab. In town there were people everywhere but we enjoyed a quiet, peaceful environment with no disruptions or distractions from others while staying in The Wilderness House. We paid for the use of the hot tub but it was having some problems so it wasn't available. We were promptly refunded the money for hot tub use. Very easy to work with. We would definately stay there again and loved everything about it except the cleanliness could use a bit of work. Of course there is dust that comes in from being in an desert environment - that is understandable but we did find some hairballs in places that looked like it hadn't been cleaned in awhile. General cleaning could be improved but it wasn't too bad. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 3-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David and Marcia, Thank you for your thoughtful review! Our housekeeper assures you that the hairballs come from the rug, which is a bit of a shedder, but she and her helper will redouble their efforts to deal with it......... So glad that you had a nice relaxing time, and we hope to see you again! The Wilderness House Team.
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Your personal slice of Moab away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for groups to rent and stay together! I would definitely stay here again! Glad I had a Jeep!

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very interesting place

  • 4 of 5

very unique place. beautiful valley with Indian writings on walls. access through dirt road with two river crossings (stay left at first and right at second river). it was very peaceful overall but there is a person living in a RV in the valley below who runs a generator all the time so there is a near constant sound. it would be much more peaceful without them. the hot tub is nice but the pool and hot tub could use a paint job to make them more attractive. it is fairly rustic but everything works. the upstairs shower is nice. there is a funny smell in the downstairs bedroom and bathroom. very relaxing.

  • Submitted: 5-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments, Michae! - It's always helpful to have direct input....... We shall be doing the painting in November as soon as we start in on our regular annual maintenance , and as for the funny smell downstairs, I believe it was a little harvest mouse that got in somehow from outside and died in the walls.....poor little guy, but it happens. Re the RV generator, we can't stop the owner using it, but we CAN try to persuade him to house it in a solid shed to cut down the noise! All the best from The Wilderness House Crew.
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Rare place, beautiful view, we had a lovely time.

  • 5 of 5

Wilderness House was a perfect place for our family vacation. Dinners on the patio, cocktails in the jacuzzi, well appointed home with fine craftsmanship. Could use a bit more vacuuming and window cleaning.

  • Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Your comments much appreciated, and suggestions passed on ! It IS a problem keeping the desert dust out of the house - whenever there's a breeze it blows into the house somehow, and into the swimming pool too, so even if the cleaning crew have been in the day before, a pristine state is hard to maintain..... But we are all very glad that you enjoyed your holiday with us..... Best wishes, Terry Edwards, Manager.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Canyonlands Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Amtrak, Green River
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 191
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
125 Miles
Car: necessary

Close to Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains and Castle Valley. 3 hours drive to Telluride (skiing) and Ridgeway (Orvis Hot Springs) in the San Juan mountains of Colorado.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Spanish Valley

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$189.41
Damage Deposit C$378.81

Taxes, currently @ 10.45% will be applied to accommodation charge, cleaning, and hot tub use (if hot tub required) , but not to the refundable damage deposit.
These are subject to change from time to time by Utah State...... Prices for rentals longer than a week can be negotiated with the Manager.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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