Description of the Happy Jack vacation cabin rental
Elk in the Pines Retreat is a 3br 2ba home located on the Mogollon Rim at 7000’ elevation. The Coconino National Forest is the Retreats backyard and playground. You can lounge on the large back deck and enjoy the feel of total peace and relaxation enjoying the treats of nature, friendly wildlife and beautiful sky’s that come right to you. You’ll feel so at home the minute you walk through the door. It doesn’t get any better than this!
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Elk In The Pines Retreat Is A Non-Smoking House
|Jan 01 2013||Dec 31 2014||$175||$175||$1,050||-||2 Nights|
|Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Deposits: $300.00 Refundable Security Deposit / Reservations canceled within 45 days of stay will be put toward a future reservation.|
|Payment Options: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, Visa|
|Other Fees: Cleaning Charge $125.00 / 1-4 guest / 5+ - $150.00. Nightly Rate $175.00 /1-4 guest included / $15.00 pp per night from 5-10 people /two night min stay Pet Charge $50.00 Holiday Rates- Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years - 4 night min stay $225.00 night/1-4 people / $25.00 pp per night 5-10 people|
- 1 King Bed
- 2 Queen Beds
- 2 Twin Beds
- 1 Sofa Bed
- Air Conditioning
- Full Kitchen
- High Speed Internet
- Parking Included
- Pet Friendly
- Linens Provided
- Alarm Clock
- TV (Cable/Satellite)
- Fax Machine
- CD Player
- Gas Grill
- Ceiling Fan
- Hair Dryer
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- DVD Player
- Horseback Riding
- Grocery Store
- Cross-Country Skiing
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Reviews for this vacation cabin rental in Happy Jack, Arizona
Tucson, AZ USA
March 18, 2014
Every year our extended family stays in a cabin for a week of restful vacation. This is the second time we have stayed in Elk in the Pines Retreat. Even though it is beautifully decorated it is very kid and pet friendly. The kitchen is stocked with every utensil you could possibly need. The laundry room is perfect and the bathrooms very comfortable and nice. The back porch is phenomonal and very dog friendly. The forest behind the cabin is great for hiking or building a "fort" in the trees. The bedrooms are very nicely decorated and comfortable. Touristing information was provided and, even though we are lifelong Arizonans, we saw sights we did not know existed. We had another wonderful week and will be staying at the Elk in the Pines Retreat again. Thank you again, David and Mary, for the use of your lovely cabin.
Marci Harden Libsack
November 22, 2013
What a wonderful time in Happy Jack, Arizona! The cabin- home was beautifully decorated for Christmas and we had everything we needed at our fingertips. We had a relaxing time filled with laughter, wine, games, and lots of food! A great escape from the big city. Precious time spent with good friends. We would certainly rent this lovely place again!
An awesome place to stay
November 12, 2013
This is a very beautiful, comfy home with a wonderful large covered deck in a super quiet cul-de-sac. The home is furnished with nice appliances in good working order, an awesome barbeque, plush towels and rugs, and super soft comfortable beds. The home is decorated beautifully with a lot of detail. You really need to take a good look around to appreciate the time and effort the owners have put into this home. We’ve stayed at a lot of rental properties, and this home is by far the nicest, cleanest, cutest, quietest, and most relaxing place we’ve stayed. There were a lot of animals that visited, and we had a great stay. Thanks so much!
BEAUTIFUL HOME/AWESOME VACATION
September 18, 2013
We had a perfect vacation at Elk In The Pines Retreat. This home is beautifully furnished and very clean. The back porch is phenomenal; you are literally feet from the national forest! Really appreciate that you allowed our canine family members to stay at your home. They had a blast!! It was just the most relaxing vacation. We went hiking in the forest every day and walked around the subdivision, which was very quiet. The area is absolutely beautiful. We are already planning our next visit. Thanks so much, David and Mary, for sharing your home with us.
John and Karen Rieth
Nice 2-day Getaway
September 9, 2013
My wife and I took our two labs for a 2-day retreat from the heat and we have nothing but positive remarks about our stay. First, it was only a 2.5 hour drive from our home in Glendale and the beauty of the mountains and pines on the way up was awsome. The cabin was spacious, very clean and offered all the amenities you would expect. We enjoyed our hikes with the dogs during the day and relaxed on the spacious balcony enjoying the peace and quiet and bright stars in the evening. We were a little disappointed that we didn't see any wildlife. I highly recommend this rental cabin.
August 15, 2013
Just ended our 10 day stay at Elk in the Pines and it was just as perfect as our stay was a year ago. As all of the reviews state below this home couldn't be more welcoming, more comfortable or more enjoyable. It truly was a wonderful vacation. We biked , hiked, photographed, played in Clear Creek and fished at Knoll Lake. And my favorite...relaxed on the most wonderful deck ever! Hope to make it three years in a row! Thanks for thinking of everything to make our stay perfect.
Pam Coverston Golding
Awesome get away
July 9, 2013
This is a beautiful home in the mountains we loved all the wildlife and beauty that surrounded this lovely home. Everything we needed was there. We couldn't have asked for a more relaxing get-a-way! Thank you for opening you home up to us. We hope to return some day.
Rich & Christine
Phoenix, AZ USA
We'll Be Back
June 14, 2013
We've never enjoyed a more gloriously relaxing, fun experience only 2 hours from home. The ELK in the Pines is awesome, from it's location to it's comfortable interior appointments. We tried to think of something we needed that was not available for our use and could not. We thoroughly enjoyed the back deck from where we could sit back and enjoy nature. Even though we did not see any wildlife, it was beautifully picturesque. Our travels to Happy Jack that weekend was for business so we only enjoyed the Elk in the Pines a few days but both my husband and I agree had we known how very awesome the Elk in the Pines is we would have stayed longer. Our Thanks to David and Mary for sharing their property.
May 21, 2013
Incredible mountain getaway with all the amenities. Couldn't be nicer or easier!
Apache Junction, AZ USA
The perfect place to get away!
February 23, 2013
My husband and I work hard and when we do find the time to get away I do a lot of research for that perfect place. All I can say is KUDOS to David and Mary! This home is beautiful! Every need or want has been thought of in advance to make ones stay comfortable and relaxing. The snow was amazing to watch through the homes wall of windows in the living room as we curled up on the very large couch and drank hot totties. We had a visit from a bull elk and 3 of his females plus a large arrangement of birds from red crested woodpeckers to blue birds and blue jays. It is a photographers dream! We are looking forward to returning to this place in the summer and knowing we will not be disappointed! Thanks again David and Mary for opening your home to us and others!
A wonderful trip!!
January 9, 2013
My family was looking for a quick get away before our kids returned to school. We wanted a place we could relax and play in the snow, cook some great meals and watch the scenery. Elk in The Pines was PERFECT. There was plenty of room for the 4 kids and 4 adults plus our very well behaved dogs. We have stayed in cabins before, but this one was fully stocked with all the extras to make your stay easy. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook and even had some condiments that we forgot. There were electric blankets on every bed and enough blankets and pillows to make sure everyone was warm!! There were sleds for the kids and we wore them out everyday with long walks in the snow. The gas fireplace was nice with no worries about getting wood or smoke in the house. There was plenty of room for dining as we put the kids on the kitchen island and we could eat together as adults!! The owners were just an email or phone call away if we had any questions or concerns. We will be back in the Summer to enjoy another season here!!
home away from home
January 1, 2013
I would give this cabin a 6 star if I could. We went for the second time and we had a blast again, this time a lot of snow, a White Christmas. I cannot describe the warm feeling you get as soon as you enter the door, the interior decorations are just breathless, such a welcoming atmosphere. Everything you need and more you can find here, all you need to bring is just the food . I really can't think of something that I forgot to take with us on the few days trip away from home, that David and Mary did not have in the cabin. Well, well stocked with everything you need. Cannot wait to go back, now we wanna experience it in the summer, after all the notes left by people that stayed in the summer, I'm sure we will have a great time again. Thank you David and Mary for sharing your wonderfull cabin with us, there's nowhere else I would go for a retreat vacation now, that I've been living at your cabin . Indeed , a home away from home.
Perfect Home away from home!
December 26, 2012
We had such a great time at Elk in the Pines retreat! The home was well stocked above & beyond our expectations and the caqbin's decor was soo warm & festive for the holidays! We Absolutely Loved our holiday vacation and glad we chose this home in Happy Jack. Thank you so much David & Mary. Jon & Kelli
Five Stars From The Five Of Us
September 24, 2012
The cabin was great and a perfect base for our trips into the forest, including an 85 mile round trip ATV adventure in the rain. It was good to come "Home" to this great cabin and a hot shower after that trip. The owners have supplied the cabin with everything you need to enjoy your stay in the Arizona White Mountains. The entry gate into the forest just yards away from the back porch is super to take a morning or evening walk with your dog. We plan to rent it again, which is the best recommendation I can give.
Best vacation ever!
July 11, 2012
Everything was just perfect. The cabin was beautiful and very relaxing. We would rent it again. Lots of nature and very cool weather.
June 8, 2012
The Tranquility of the cabin was just what we needed from the hustle your bustle of work. The mountain air was invigorating and a welcome retrieve from the dirty air of the valley. If you’re looking for an extremely quite retreat to relax, than this is the place for you.
Absolutely the Best
May 29, 2012
We had the best time ever! The pictures and glowing reviews on the website do not do the place justice! We went hiking and explored around the area and it is just beautiful. Our favorite was the beautiful deck out back. We felt like we had this little slice of heaven all to ourselves. We plan to come back again very soon and bring the entire family this time. Thank you for everything David and Mary!!!!
The best cabin/home we have rented!
May 7, 2012
What a wonderful surprise to walk into this delightful home. Clean and well decorated it felt like home. As avid hikers it was also great to have the national forest at our doorstep, it allowed us to get in a quick hike on our first day without the added time of driving somewhere. The area is so quiet and the back deck with its privacy is a dream. We had hoped to see some elk or deer especially upon see many piles of droppings on the property but it was not to be. Maybe next time.
April 23, 2012
We loved, loved, loved the cabin! Joined other family members in the area for a long weekend and couldn't get over the spacious, beautiful cabin! It has everything you can think of, is very well maintained and is extremely clean! Can't wait to go back again this summer to explore that area of the Rim. Thanks David and Mary!
Vicki - Chandler, AZ
March 22, 2012
My family (3 generations) just returned from Elk in the Pines Retreat. The property is lovely and VERY comfortable. This was our first experience at renting a home and we could not have been more impressed. The setting is secluded and peaceful. We were lucky enough to be there during a snow storm which was totally unexpected when we booked the property. It was a beautiful winter wonderland. David and Mary were great to deal with, keeping in touch to make sure everything was going smoothly. David even arranged for a snow plow to get us out on time! The drive from the east valley was much shorter and more beautiful then anticipated. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a trip to the white mountains.
Glad that everyone had the experience of being there during a snow storm and enjoying the beautiful day after. Just so there's no confusion, we aren't in the white mountains but 45 miles north of Payson off of Hwy 87 on top of the Rim at 7000' in the Blue Ridge/Happy Jack area right on the Coconino National Forest.
Hope to go again.
March 8, 2011
We next had a great time and can,t wait to go again next winter. We took our grandkids to pay in the snow. It had snowed 2ft. the weedend before,but most of the snow had melted by the time we got there. we waited all weekend for new snow. The weather channel was calling for a winter strom warning. I was a little nervous about getting snowed in but after got to this great home we found out they had a emergency generater. I felt truly comfortable. This home was truely a joy to stay in. By the way we woke up sunday morning to 6 inches of fresh snow so the kids got to sled and play. thanks to the owners for sharing thier home with others. The Parsons
Glen & Sheila Cummings
January 23, 2011
We enjoyed "Elk in the Pines" with our 2 sons, 2 daughter in-laws & 3 grand children. Adults & children enjoyed staying - plenty to do for all ages. It was very clean & a great "at home" feeling. We stayed for a week and got to see and play in the snow. Sleds were even provided. The Kitchen and every room is well stocked. All you need to bring is tooth brushes, clothes, food and drink.We got our security deposit back within 3 days. Great Vacation. Thank You, David & Mary.
Huntington Beach, CA
Perfect Family or Couples Retreat!!
December 11, 2010
We had such a great time with Grandpa, three teenagers and ourselves. All the room & privacy we could have needed. We had a pefectly appointed home to ourselves and it made an already special weekend a "perfect" weekend for our family. We will defintely return to stay again, the kids are already begging us! Thank you!!
November 16, 2010
We had a great time. Everything you need you have ample amounts. Anything you think you might need, well you have ample amounts of that too. Beautiful, relaxing, and fun place to be.
November 10, 2010
My family and friends stayed at Elk in the Pines for a weekend. The cabin is not only breath-taking, but the amenities are vast. We weren't in need of anything. It was such a relaxing weekend...spending it in comfort with family, friends, and nature. Four small children traveled with us, with no difficulty. The toddlers were able to be enclosed on the spacious patio while we enjoyed the view of the forest. The infants had plenty of room for pack 'n' plays and floor toys. Even our pets had a great time. Our only wish was that the weekend didn't end. If you're looking for a great weekend, go to Elk in the Pines. The owners were very gracious.
Elk in Pines review
August 2, 2010
This was a very enjoyable trip for our family. I highly recommend this rental. We got our security deposit back quickly. We hope to rent this house again sometime in the future.
My new Home Away from Home
May 28, 2010
Put it to you this way... you walk in the door and you are WOW'd by this place! Everything you could possible want is there. Just bring food and drink and be prepared to RELAX!!! Such a peaceful place to stay and clear your head.
May 12, 2010
We rented the cabin for Mother's Day and had such a wonderful time. The kids got a kick out of the squirrels in the yard and the elk came right up to the cabin! We enjoyed riding our quads on all the trails. The house was beautiful and very comfortable. We will be back!
Perfect Get Away
March 22, 2010
I rented the cabin for two nights to get away with my children over spring break. The pictures don't do justice to the beauty and comfort we found there. We spent hours just exploring and enjoy the forest around the cabin. In fact, we only ventured out to explore surrounding areas only once. The home is completely stocked with everything you may need so no worries if you forget something small, chances are pretty good you'll find it there. The back porch was my favorite place to be. You can sit there and literally feel your worries melt away. Snuggling up with a blanket at night and looking at the stars was breath taking. Thank you so much for allowing me and my children to share your home. We would love to return and visit this beautiful getaway again in the near future. We will absolutely recommend The Elk In the Pines to friends and family. Thank you again. Kristie and family.
surprise, AZ USA
January 3, 2010
we had a great time away from the city and into peace and quiet. It snowed, and we saw elk, squirrels and many birds! We will definatly do it again! Thanks, Cassandra
November 24, 2009
It has been 32 yrs my husband and I did raise our three childern worked and are good citizens, Never had a vacation with just the two of us. We enjoyed everything about our stay in this beautiful home. Back to nature, We feel so relaxed and refreshed, upon leaving and as I looked back at the home a tear was in my eye I was sadden by having our wonderful relaxing vacation come to an end. My husband had the most relaxing time because everything you needed was provided and He also was sad to have come to an end. We loved this area so much we are thinking of looking into a place of our own. When our daughter spoke to me about this and how She wanted to plan it around her dad's 50th birthday it was hard not to tell him the wonderful news And that this was a birthday he will never forget He has been telling anyone who will listen just how wonderful it has been After 32 yrs we finnally had a vacation alone no work no childern no worries thankyou again for the peaceful wonderful vacation ans to our daughter Shelly who is wonderful to plan this Thank-you Ron and Wanda
sierra vista, AZ
October 16, 2009
What a nice pleasnat stay we had. With the national forest right behind the property it was so easy to go for an early morning and late evening walk. The 3 bedroom cabin/house is beautifully decorated and has everything one could possibly want. We enjoyed grilling on the back porch watching the birds & other wildlife. Our standard poodle was in heaven. We have stayed at over 20 cabins in the last year and would rate this one if not the best we have seen. It really was a place I didn't want to leave and if ever I bought a mountain home this one would be perfect. Plenty of nearby recreation...clear creek being in a nice canyon was our favorite. Lakes and fishing close with miles and miles of trails right off your back porch. Highly recomended!!!!!
September 15, 2009
What an amazing stay we had! Only there 4 days, but it felt like 2 weeks. We didn't even leave the property, except to go for long walks in the forest. My son had fun feeding the birds and watching them throughout the stay! The dogs were in heaven unsuccessfully chasing the gray squirrels and herding the participating cattle! My husband and I felt incredibly relaxed and forgot to even drink our wine. "If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you're lucky enough" Many thanks to you.
Mr and Mrs David Boyd
August 4, 2009
We had a delightful, peaceful stay away from the city chaos. It was a wonderful time for my husband and me. We played games, shared the moments and sat in front of the fire place. It was a memory we will never forget. We want to go back...soon! The scenery from the back porch was incredible, and we slept like children on holiday!!! We saw wildlife we didn't know existed! We went back in time to a more peaceful time. It was a most wonderous experience. Go there. You will be so glad you did!
Owner Supplied Testimonials
Review Submitted August 12, 2012 Date of Stay August 1, 2012
This home has everything you could possibly desire...comfort, cleanliness, privacy, beauty, access to forest and nature at your doorstep. It totally exceeded our expectations! We hated to leave, can't wait to come back and can't thank you enough for making our 8 day stay the best ever!
5 out of 5
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Great Cabin and perfect surroundings!
Cheryl Gernand Gilbert, AZ
Review Submitted August 1, 2012 Date of Stay July 27, 2012
The cabin is just the right size and has absolutely everything you will need! We loved hanging out on the back deck and being able to access National Forest land right at our finger tips. Thank you so much! We will definitely be staying again.
Elk in the Pines Retreat
Pam Pena Gilbert, AZ
Review Submitted July 27, 2012 Date of Stay July 22, 2012
What a beautiful cabin!! We have two teenage boys, and this was a great getaway for our entire family! We love to off-road, as we have a Rhino, and two dirt bikes, and there's a gate right next to the cabin that goes right out to the National Forest. There were so many awesome trails to take...and at night, we sat out on the beautiful, long patio & enjoyed the weather, and saw an elk on our last night!! I'd HIGHLY recommend this amazing cabin, and look forward to staying again! Lastly, David was great to work with!!
5 out of 5
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David and Mary, July 1-5, 2012
Myke and I had a great time of rest and relaxation at your wonderful home. You two seemed to have thought of everything. We have stayed in other homes and have always seemed to need something that wasn't available, but not at Elk in the Pines! We so enjoyed using your wildlife and bird manuals to identify all the squirrels and birds we saw each day in your back yard--there were so many! We saw lots of ravens, western bluebirds, woodpeckers galore, grosbecks, orioles, a gorgeous Steller Blue Jay, finches, Arizona squirrels and one Abert Squirrel. On the last night we were there, we were sitting out enjoying the last bit of sunlight fade away and we saw a gorgeous elk pass by--his antlers were absolutely massive! What a gift from God to see him on our last evening there!
Relaxing Arizona High Country Home Dec 1, 2011
We took some family and friends to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend and also help my husband with his hunt. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this beautiful cabin adjoining the national forest. The home was stocked, and clearly marked, with everything we could imagine to make us all comfortable. We felt welcomed and relaxed immediately in this lovely home. As wildlife admirers, we truly enjoyed all the suggestions and information provided for viewing and identifying all the birds, squirrels, etc. that joined us daily in the back yard at the bird baths and feeding stations throughout the property. On our last day we even were blessed with the company for 4 female elk that fed on the hay we left for them to enjoy. We highly recommend this cabin to wildlife lovers and anyone wanting to escape the valley heat. We hope to visit Elk in the Pines again someday.
A perfect vacation rental Helena M Merkle Prescott, AZ 86305
Review Submitted August 26, 2011 Date of Stay August 13, 2011 Elk in the Pines has EVERYTHING you will need for a short or long stay. Especially memorable is the birdlife
Retreat from the Heat James R. Maynard New River, AZ./ USA
Review Submitted September 13, 2011 Date of Stay September 9, 2011 My family had a wonderful time staying at Elk In The Pines Retreat, the house is extremely well maintained and had all of he comforts of home and then some. My family was able to travel just a short jaunt from the home on our ATV's and were soon exploring many miles of forest roads. This is truly a place you'll want to try and I'm sure you won't be dissapointed. My family will surely go back for a longer vacation, hopefully in the very near future.
Every year our extended family rents a cabin in the mountains and we spend a week. This was by far the best cabin we have ever rented. Everything was included. The cabin is beautiful and very practical. Because of the tile we didn't have to worry about the kids or dogs tracking stuff on the carpets. The cabin is beautifully decorated and very family friendly. The hiking, fishing and porch sitting were great. We hope to come back next year for our vacation. Thank you so much David & Mary for helping make our vacation so memorable. The Bullington & Motley Families from Tucson and Chandler, AZ
Thanks again for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cabin. Week of July 2, 2011
A place to wrap yourself in nature.
Guest: MAM (Glendale, AZ)
Date of Stay: June 16, 2011 Review Submitted: June 26, 2011
We stayed at Elk in the Pines fom 6/16 to 6/23/11. We found the Cabin to be located in a beautiful setting that backs to the Coconino Forest. This affords easy access to many trails in the forest for hiking or ATV riding. By its location, the property provides those uncommon chances to see elk, deer, various species of birds, coyotes, etc. One of the finest features of where this cabin is located is the absolutely breathtaking views of the skies at night. The stars are particularly vivid here. The cabin has all the amenities for a comfortable stay and then some. I believe the owners have thought of every eventuality and every form of entertainment. Also, Mary and David (the owners), are helpful, gracious, and easy to reach with questions or problems. Another BIG plus with this rental is the fact that dogs are allowed and what's a vacation without one's furry sidekicks.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet owners, Adventure seekers, Girls getaway, Families with teenagers, Romantic getaway
Peaceful and beautiful
Guest: C&B (Scottsdale)
Date of Stay: October 15, 2010 Review Submitted: October 19, 2010
Our family had a wonderful time at Elk in the Pines. We enjoy the outdoors and especially the cool pines of northern AZ. God's creation is certainly mysterious, but so very beautiful and inviting. The house is beautifully decorated and complete with all the necessary items for cooking meals. We loved the ATV trails for hiking and riding our quads. I am sure that we will be back to visit. May God bless you and your family, The Dishons
Guest: Marilyn (Prescott, AZ)
Date of Stay: September 17, 2010 Review Submitted: September 23, 2010
Elk in the Pines is simply wonderful. We arrived at this lovely location and found that everything in the description and pictures were more than we expected. The house was clean and tidy. The area is peaceful and quiet. Prior to renting the property the owner answered all our questions. We felt completely at home in the relaxing atmosphere and had a marvelous time. We would highly recommend this home to any friend or relative. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. Our son expressed the desire to rent the home for a weeks vacation sometime in the future.
Review Title : 1133372 - "Family Reunion"
"Elk in the Pines is simply wonderful. We arrived at this lovely location and found that everything in the description and pictures were more than we expected. The house was clean and tidy. The area is peaceful and quiet. Prior to renting the property the owner answered all our questions. We felt completely at home in the relaxing atmosphere and had a marvelous time. We would highly recommend this home to any friend or relative. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. Our son expressed the desire to rent the home for a weeks vacation sometime in the future. "
Date of Arrival : Aug 13, 2010
Name on Contract : Jennifer Warner
Review Rating : 5/5
Review Title : 1050087 - "Fantastic stay"
"We absolutely loved this cabin! It was VERY clean when we arrived and had everything we needed. We loved that the back patio is completely fenced in so our dogs could be outside with us without needing to be tied to something. We will definitely be visiting Elk in the Pines again!"
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