Featured Vacation RentalBig Leaf ~ Secluded Off-the-grid Sleeping Platform
Property Code: Observatory Treehouse
*NEW* The Observatory Treehouse
Available to Reserve Online 24/7
Our most adventuresome rental!
If you are looking for an adventure, or the most romantic bedroom the Gorge has to offer, then you will want to check this tree house out. The Observatory tree house is not for everyone, but it might be the most magical slumber you will ever sleep (seriously). This off the grid (and very high off of the ground) arboreal abode boasts three separate rooms connected by floating walkways and ship ladders. The glass bedroom is designed for star gazing, and sits 50 feet above the Gorge floor. It looks out over the Red River Valley and is home to a high-powered telescope, you can see further into the Cosmos than any other stay in the Gorge!!!
To get to The Observatory, you must hike up over 200 steps that ascend steeply into the trees! If you are out of breath reading this and would prefer a shorter approach, you may want to consider staying in our other tree house, The Sylvan Float. Once you reach the gear room, you will find two hammocks should you want to start relaxing right away. From the gear room, you can climb up through the floor of the cozy kitchen and be delighted by the views to come. On the kitchen porch we have a 75 L YETI cooler that lives there to help reduce the load you need to carry up (ice is not provided). Also in the kitchen you can operate the solar power, find a book describing our treehouses and tell you all about the 5 host trees you will be staying with.
Building this tree house is a dream come true for the Canopy Crew, and I am so excited to share it. I would argue that this is one of the coolest tree house rentals in the world. This is a true canopy experience and it should be noted that it might be too adventurous for some!
Once you trek up to your new home in the swaying Eastern White Pine, you may feel exposed to the unforgettable raw nature of the canopy! This tree house is designed for able-bodied folks and is NOT meant for unsupervised or small children.
We are sad to say that our beloved white pine tree that is part of the Observatory Treehouse has been infested by the pine bark beetle. While we originally had hopes of saving it, our tree, along with the other mature pines on our mountain are falling ill and dying. I have made a lot of special memories up in the branches of this tree and I know many of you have as well.
As a crew, we have payed our respects and given our love to the old tall pine. While the tree has died, it is still structurally sound for the time being. It has been thoroughly inspected and approved to stay standing until we commence renovations later this year. We have taken the top out of the tree to reduce wind load, and are taking measures to further stabilize the trunk, which is now acting as a post. When we begin our renovations we are going to replace the trunk with a pole and add some new features to the treehouse that we know you will love!
Small kitchen with gas stove and heat, with a 75 L YETI cooler to hold your cold goods (ice not provided)
Open air, screened in gear and bedroom for guests or kiddos
A glass ceiling master bedroom for two
A small solar array with lights and phone chargers
A composting toilet
The best view of the Gorge proper any rental currently offers!
Things of note:
This tree house is designed for two, but does have additional room for kids or two extra guests. Not all of the rooms are heated and there are various degrees of indoor/outdoor spaces. There are solar powered lights in the upper rooms, but flashlights or headlamps are needed.
Three separate rooms on different Levels, Propane Cook stove in Kitchen, 75 Liter YETI Cooler, Charcoal Grill and Fire pit, High-powered Telescope, Crane for hoisting gear to the Upper Levels, Small Solar Array for Light and Charging Phones, Composting Toilet, Access to Main Shower Facility at the Main Office
Available to Reserve Online 24/7
Rental Rates and Seasons: (USD)
* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options and fees.