Serene, peaceful, and completely secluded family or business mountain retreat. Our cabin is cozy yet spacious. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and completely furnished with everything you need for a weekend or a week.
Cabin Rules & Helpful Tidbits:
No Shooting Guns: This is for a couple of reasons. 1. We have neighbors who also live on the mountain. 2. There are free range cattle that often wander nearby. 3. The mountain has just survived a huge forest fire that burnt over 50,000 acres to the north and west of us. As lucky as we feel to have escaped the fire’s destruction, it has left us feeling vulnerable and extremely cautious to the extreme fire restrictions in place.
Campfires: Campfires are restricted in public places across the county. We also know the fun of roasting marshmallows, hot dogs, tinfoil dinners, making s’mores, or simply sitting around the fire at night watching the millions of stars. We do allow you to have a SMALL campfire in the fire pit out back. Wood is provided and kept dry under the tarp. Hot dog sticks, paper, and lighter fluid are in the boat in the dining room. Camp chairs are kept out in the garage by the dart board. We only ask that you never leave a fire unattended, and make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed--Never an ember left smoldering. A bucket is supplied for water, and there is an outside hose in the front yard if needed.
Hiking: Our property is special because it is surrounded by BLM land to the north (above the back of the cabin) and other private property on all other borders. Please be mindful of our neighbors and friendly if you happen to see someone. You are free to hike around the cabin within the area directly in front of the cabin and up to the gate at the entrance. If you would like to venture out on a hike, I can recommend several.
Twisted Forest: The small brown sign you passed just before the entrance to the property takes you straight up through an amazingly different world of Bristlecone Pines (some over 3000 years old!) to a beautiful view of Cedar Breaks.
Cedar Breaks: Just a few miles to the south of Brian Head town, continue heading south on UT-143 toward Duck Creek, has breathtaking views and several hikes. I recommend doing the Alpine Pond loop trail.
High Mountain: If you continue straight (turn right when coming back to the main road from the cabin gate), just ¼ to ½ mile down the road are a couple of different hiking trails that are beautiful. Watch for the little brown signs that mark the trail heads--they will be on your left.
ATV’S: We allow you to bring your own, or the town of Brian Head has a couple different ATV rental shops. Brian Head has worked very hard the last few years to maintain and create many fun off-road trails. They are all marked with blue ATV signs and maps are available in town. You are welcome to just explore and find your own adventure also.
**All we ask is that you are considerate of our neighbors, private property signs, and only ride on the marked trails, or the main roads. Thank You.
Helpful Tidbits: Brian Head has a couple small stores and restaurants if you would like to venture out or need to buy something. The Pizza and Thai restaurants are both great. Remember you are in Utah, so alcohol is only sold during business hours, and not on Sundays or holidays.
I keep the cabin stocked with essentials, coffee, tea, spices, and staples so there is never a need for you to leave if you forgot something and we have it, feel free to use it. I keep a few extra food items in the pantry, toiletries in the bathrooms, extra jackets and a backpack in the closet. Feel free to use anything you need, all I ask is that if you use the last of something, or something is needed, leave me a note on the kitchen whiteboard so I can replace it on my next visit.
The water to the refrigerator is not hooked up, therefore there is no ice. I recommend you bring a cooler with extra ice that you can use for drinks.
The toys, books, and movies are here for your use. Make yourself at home.
The 2 extra beds/air mattresses are in the spare bedroom closet. The pump is with them should they need more air during your stay. There are also extra pillows, blankets, and 2 complete bedding sets, one for each mattress in that closet.
All the towels and linens are clean. Bathroom towels are hanging up and under the sinks. There is a laundry hamper in the mud room off the garage, one in the kid’s room, and one in the master bedroom you can leave any dirty laundry in.
If you need to empty the trash, trash bags are under the sink. You may leave any trash in the garage. Recycling bins are in the mud room. There is a large one for paper, plastic, and cans. The small one is for glass only.
Feel free to use the dishes, the dishwasher, or the paper plates and plastic utensils provided. Both are here for your convenience. There is a blender, toaster, and large bowls in the big kitchen cupboard. The griddle for pancakes is located above the fridge.
The small closet in the master bedroom is locked. This, and the storage tubs in the garage, is where we keep our personal items and would ask you respect our privacy.
Text messages will usually go through from the front steps, or the driveway. Verizon works very well, I am uncertain about other carriers. Please let us know if you have any problems or questions! If your cell phone does not work here, you may need to drive back to Brian Head for a signal.
Rules for Living Off the Grid:
Power: The number one thing you need to understand about living off the grid is that although the cabin has all the comforts of home (excluding internet and television services), power is a luxury provided by the sun. A solar panel is the main source of power that charges the batteries that power the house. There is a generator for backup power when the sun isn’t shining brightly, but electricity should be used with the utmost conservatism. What does this mean? It means never leaving things plugged in when they are not in use. Always unplug appliances and turn off lights that aren’t being used. I often unscrew light bulbs to use less power, so feel free to screw them in when you need more light (over the dining room table or in the bathrooms). Several of the appliances are on switches, which means you must flip the switch to turn them on. The television, microwave, and stove are on switches. Just flip the switch when you want to use it, and turn it back off when not in use. As long as you are conservative in your use, and always remember to turn things off when you’re not using them, you should always have plenty of power when you need it.
The Stove: The kitchen stove is plugged into the power strip on the counter. You just turn on the power strip and its ready to go (except the clock will always be wrong). The stove has a safety feature that it will turn itself off after a period of non-use. What this means is that if you are cooking and leave the stove unattended it will shut off automatically, but the gas to the burners will still be running; therefore, when cooking you just need to keep an eye on it that it doesn’t turn itself off before you are ready. If it does shut off, all you need to do is hit the start button again. Make sure to turn off the burner knobs before re-lighting to clear out any extra gas. If you hold the start button down for 3 seconds it will lock on, and stay on running for a greater amount of time.
The Fireplace: To light the fireplace you will need to open the bottom compartment and turn the knob to “on” while also pushing it in. It should start right up. If the pilot light is not lit, you will need to turn the knob to “pilot” hold the knob in for about 10 secs (this allows the gas to get there), and then continue holding the knob in while simultaneously pushing the red igniter button. Once you light the pilot light, repeat the initial instructions.
The Water Heater: The water heater will be set to “vacation” upon your arrival. Just turn the knob to “hot” and it’s ready to go.
The Heater: The thermostat is on the wall between the dining and living rooms. We usually leave it set to 50 degrees when we are not here to protect the water pipes. If you are cold you may turn it up, although it stays quite warm in the cabin if you keep the windows closed. Please turn it back to 50 degrees upon leaving.
The TV & DVD Player:
On the wall to the left of the fireplace is the switch for the TV. It is labeled, and all you have to do is flip it, then the TV and DVD player will have power.
Emergency Box: In case of an emergency, there is a white bucket next to the back door under the bar. It contains a fire extinguisher, a battery powered lantern, flashlights with fresh batteries, and a first aid kit. There is also another first aid kit, feminine products, and several different medicines in the master bathroom cupboard above the toilet. Feel free to help yourself to anything you may need.
Drinking Water: The house’s water supply is from a natural spring. The water is totally safe, delicious, and free of any additives. There are also water bottles provided for your convenience in the pantry. Feel free to use them, refill them, but please always remember to recycle.
~Living off the grid is an amazing opportunity to unplug, recharge, and reunite with nature. Listening to the wind in the trees, watching the amazing sunsets, taking time to just relax, read a book, and/or just breathing in the clean fresh mountain air allows us to remember what’s important and feel a sense of gratitude for this amazing journey we all walk together called life. We are happy to share our mountain oasis with you and hope you have a wonderful time.
Cheers-the Gans Family
Hello, my husband Chris and I live in sunny St. George, UT just 40 minutes from beautiful Zion National Park. We enjoy hiking, traveling, hosting, hanging out with family & friends, reading, learning, eating clean, a good cup of coffee, bottle of wine or glass of beer. We both work hard so we can play hard. I am also a writer and a yoga enthusiast; I love cooking healthy food and trying new things. My husband is the Maintenance supervisor of the dorms at the local University, is currently working on acquiring his pilot's licence, and is a madman on the drums. We love seeing/hearing live music (when he's not playing), meeting new people, and making new friends. Being in the outdoors with our 2 dogs, whether that is hiking, at the beach, our home in the desert, or our mountain retreat, is our favorite place to be. We hope that our guests feel at home and make an extra effort to make sure they have everything they need when they arrive to enjoy a private get-away. Whether bringing your family, or a business group for a secluded retreat, we are here to help you plan your trip every step of the way. Life motto: Live simply, be kind to everyone you meet, and always take the scenic route...