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The Mountain Star – Experience an ideally-situated, Mountain Getaway with Incredible Views and so very much to offer!
Located in the heart of the Coconino National Forest along the San Francisco Peaks scenic corridor just north of Flagstaff, this spectacular and convenient location is just one thing that sets The Mountain Star apart from other area properties.
The Mountain Star, located at an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) on 5 beautiful acres and backed by National Forest land, offers breath-taking natural beauty, expansive views, direct and easy access to nature, boundless outdoor activities (nature walks and hikes, biking, climbing, etc.) and a spectacular night sky. It is a sanctuary for inspiration, relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation, as well as being perfectly situated for outdoor fun and adventure.
The Mountain Star is less than one hour’s drive from the Grand Canyon’s main entrance, and if you don’t want to drive yourself, a local tour company van will pick you up directly from this property. So enjoy the Grand Canyon and then leave the heat and crowds behind to enjoy your very own mountain retreat!
Experience seeing the sun breach the horizon every morning and evening, moonrises and moonsets too. Let the mountain breeze, nature’s panorama and the rich senses of the moment guide your day of thoughts and activity. The Mountain Star offers this to you and your loved ones on a daily basis.
The Mountain Star is completely wind and sun powered (with an automatic propane generator backup system).
All outdoor photographs on this site were taken directly from the living room or leisure deck of The Mountain Star. NOTE: The Mountain Star is currently being readied for the rental season – more interior photographs (and possibly a video) will be available soon.
In addition to the usual amenities, this resort home offers:
• Spacious, 2nd-story wrap-around deck with picnic table, chairs and chiminea (outdoor fireplace) • Over one acre of fenced “backyard” • Pet friendly (See rental agrrement) • Children welcome • Large outdoor campfire pit stocked with wood • Music and exercise fun loft equipped with a full drum set, congas and an acoustic guitar! • Spectacular star and moon viewing assisted with the Mountain Star’s own, high-powered, tri-pod mounted, professional grade celestial binoculars (Miyauchi 20x100mm) • Living room pellet stove • Outdoor Horseshoes game • Whole house audio system including the outside deck • Easy hookup of your smart phone or ipod to the home’s central sound system • Satellite Radio • Well-stocked DVD library • Craft and hobby room • Remote controlled living room skylight • Sleep number bed in the Mountain Master bedroom • Large flat screen tv with Kinect Xbox 360. • Large CD library that in addition to music contains meditational, instructional/spiritual, chant and non-fiction audio book selections. • A book library including Spiritual, Self-help, Poetry and Daily Inspirational readings, as well as fiction, local hiking and wildlife guides. • A remote-controlled “Mountain Master” bedroom fireplace • A large soaking tub with National Forest view • Board games and inspirational card decks • Yoga Mats • Mountain drinking water • Incense • Coffee, Teas, and a welcoming selection of canned and dry goods • Well-equipped kitchen and pantry • Mountain days and nights!
Here are a few general sites that may be useful:
• http://www.arizhwys.com/outdoors/hiking/northern_hiking.asp (area hiking)
• http://www.arizhwys.com/outdoors/drives/northern_drives.asp (area scenic drives)
• http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/ – the historic town of Flagstaff
Here are some recommended local attractions and things to do with approximate drive times from The Mountain Star.
Mountain biking rental and tours in a lovely aspen forest very close to The Mountain Star property http://www.offgridgetaways.com/biking.php – 5 minutes
Red Mountain – A fascinating geological location (“hoodoos”) and hike…and very close by http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2002/fs024-02/ – 10 minutes
Lava River Cave – a cool, underground hike (bring flashlights/headlamps for each person) http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60971-d1157200-Reviews-Lava_River_Cave-Flagstaff_Arizona.html – 15 minutes
Arizona Snowbowl – scenic skyrides and access to high mountain trails (I highly recommend the skyride) http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com/things-to-do/ -25 minutes
Vertical Relief Rock Climbing – indoor rock climbing with reasonable equipment and instruction rates http://www.verticalrelief.com/ – 30 minutes
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course – Don’t let the extreme word scare you. Book in advance. http://www.flagstaffextreme.com/ – 35 Minutes
Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona – I highly recommend this as a day trip. Oak Creek is just beautiful. http://redrockcountry.org/about-us/north-gateway.shtml – 45 Minutes
Hitching Post Stables – Horseback riding in a lovely forested area. http://www.hitchinpoststables.com/ – 45 minutes
Walnut Canyon National Monument – a beautiful but relatively unknown site with forested canyon views, hiking and ancient cliff dwellings http://www.nps.gov/waca/ – 45 Minutes
Sunset Crater National Monument – Exposed lava river, scenic and unusual cinder cones. http://www.nps.gov/sucr/ – 1 Hour (30 minutes if you take a forest service road shortcut)
Wupatki National Monument – Wide open high desert plateau views, Indian ruins, and visitor centers. Can be conveniently added to Sunset Crater via a loop that begins at Sunset Crater. http://www.nps.gov/wupa/ – 1 Hour (30 minutes if you take a forest service road shortcut)
Lake Mary – Our closest lake. Beautiful alpine setting. Fishing, boating, camping. http://www.arizona-leisure.com/upper-lake-mary.html – 1 hour
Bearizona – Wild life park http://www.bearizona.com/ – 1 hour
Meteor Crater – quite a site to see in person http://www.meteorcrater.com/ – 1+ Hour
And, of course, the Grand Canyon http://www.nps.gov/grca/ – 1 Hour
I also have comprehensive hiking guides at The Mountain Star with my personal favorites earmarked.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have, including such things as packing tips, activity ideas, planning help, etc. I will share my phone number via email.
I have lived in the Flagstaff area for over 25 years and know the area well. I warmheartedly invite you to experience the joy, convenience and inspiration of The Mountain Star Resort!
***The Mountain Star is currently available for direct booking from May through Mid-November. Ski season and winter holiday rentals will be considered on a case by case basis. ***
***Responsible and loving adults only…with or without their children ***