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Doves Rest Cabins - Fortress, on the West Rim"""

Bedrooms 2
Space 130 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Palo Duro Canyon Escape @ Doves Rest Cabins - Fortress

The stronghold of Fortress Cabin takes its name for the centerpiece of its view gazing at the Fortress Cliffs along the east rim of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a protected six miles of cliffs overlooking the Grand Canyon of Texas. The bluff look’s the same way the first Texans saw it — Unspoiled. The steep margins of the Fortress Cliffs consist of bright, banded layers of orange, red, brown, yellow, and white rocks that represent four geologic periods. Adding to the cliffs scenic grandeur are numerous pinnacles, buttes, and mesas. A place of exceptional security, privacy and refuge – Welcome to Doves Rest Fortress Cabin!

Located only a few minutes from the main (and only) entrance to Americas #1 State Park - Palo Duro Canyon. This modern but rustic two-bedroom, two-bath cabin is immaculate and fully furnished. It features a wood burning fireplace, Hot Tub, covered patio facing east with porch swings and BBQ. The fully equipped kitchen offers everything you need to make you feel at home. Clean linens and towels are provided for your comfort along with extra blankets for cozy nights. A 70” T.V. in the living area makes the nights even more entertaining! Guests can unwind around the beautiful flagstone patio and enjoy the view all day and night. The combination of upscale amenities and stunning vistas is what makes this Palo Duro Canyon Cabin so attractive to the discriminating intrepid traveler.

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 #723444 for SKYHOUSE, VRBO listing #739931 for CHAIRLIFT, VRBO listing #801442 for COMANCHE, VRBO listing #892352 for El Coronado.

Location -

Moments from the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and 16-miles from the city of Canyon - home to West Texas A & M University. 25-miles south of Amarillo and historic Route 66. There is plenty of shopping, restaurants, museum’s and all local amenities to enjoy in the “city.”

More Details

Property Manager
Jeff Means
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 2010

Why Jeff Means chose Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon State Park with it's 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 Doves Rest a place of amazing beauty, quietness and nurturing of soul & spirit. Palo Duro Canyon embodies Texas’ sense of place and spirit like few other areas in the state. Doves Rest Cabins is honored to provide the world’s only private overnight luxury accommodations to intrepid travelers, offering unique views and an iconic symbol of the American Southwest for our guests to enjoy. Wildlife diversity and abundance around Doves Rest is excellent, including populations of blue quail, bobwhite quail, Rio Grande turkey, bobcat, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Barbary sheep, coyote, roadrunners, skunks, rabbits and numerous songbirds. Fun memories and RELAXATION happen here!

What makes this cabin unique

Off the beaten path and outside of mainstream destinations, we are 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 place – 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!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Canyon

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
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  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Two full Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Two bedrooms all with King Beds and flat screen TV's, and a twin rollaway bed stored in closet. 7-foot couch in living area can be another bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
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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Doves Rest Cabins - Fortress, on the West Rim
average rating of 4.939891 based on 183 reviews

Doves Rest - Fortress ... Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of good things to say about this place ... comfortable well furnished house; spectacular views of Palo Duro canyon; coyotes and aoudad sheep frequented the back patio; close to state park entrance; clear night sky for star gazing.

  • Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply incredible.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a few nights and loved it. The view of the canyon is beautiful and relaxing. The patio area is also very quiet so it’s nice to sit outside and take in the view after a day of hiking. The state park entrance is a 5-minute drive from the house. As long as you bring your own food, the house has everything you need to prepare and enjoy it.

  • Submitted: 1-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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WOW! We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed right before Christmas. The cabin was perfect for us, our two kids and dog. Very well stocked, view is amazing, minutes from the park. So peaceful. Loved the view from the hot tub. We hiked in the canyon during that day and relaxed at the cabin in the evenings. We will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

The view from the fortress cabin was amazing, the cabin it self was clean and comfortable. The cabin also in a very quite and private location. My wife and I will definitely stay there again in the future.

  • Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Photo worth more than a thousand words

  • 5 of 5

Everything we were looking for during our stay at Palo-duro. Not sure when we will be back but we will for sure be looking for availability at the Fortress.

Amazing to have such a quality property be pet friendly!

  • Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, great amenities

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for making our trip so special! The view of the canyon from the cabin was amazing. We loved spending time by the fireplace and cooking together in the kitchen. The house was immaculately clean and had everything we could have wanted. Thank you!

  • Submitted: 7-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Wild Buffalo's
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Palo Duro Country Club
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
I - 27
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
Wild Buffalo's
Nearest Ski
280 Miles
Red River
Nearest Beach
803 Miles
South Padre Island
Car: necessary

Palo Duro Canyon Escape @ Doves Rest

Welcome to Doves Rest. The #1 and only private vacation home overlooking Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Doves Rest is located 3,500 feet above sea level situated in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, also known as the Great Southern Plains near the cities of Canyon and Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon, “The Grand Canyon of Texas,” is just below you from Doves Rest stretching 20-miles across. Your view is only limited by your eyesight! Enjoy staggering sunrises and sunsets - stars appear in numbers beyond belief in the crisp clear night air as this area has some of the darkest skies and cleanest air in the United States.

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!

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!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Canyon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2019 - Nov 24 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$192.18
Cleaning Fee C$179.37 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

60 Day Cancellation Policy

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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