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Rocky Mountain Escape Cabins
Reviewed 30 December 2010

We love this place. This is where our family goes to get an intimate and authentic Rocky Mountain experience. The setting is idyllic: the cabins are located on a terrace above Munn Creek, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, within easy walking distance of gorgeous alpine meadows, crystal lakes, and forested valleys. The entire facility is completely off the grid, and the wood-heated log cabins are clean and cozy. During this trip, our third, we were treated once again to Laura Rutter's warm hospitality and superb cooking. Her helpers, Matt and Elizabeth, accompanied us on a ski tour of the scenic Wild Hay River and Rock Lake, and a snowshoe trip up to the nearby alpine. This is the perfect spot for people who want a more rustic, close-to-nature experience, a great alternative to the more highly developed and crowded tourist attractions in Jasper and Banff.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

As part of our honeymoon, we wanted to explore 'off the beaten track' and we are so glad that we did. We stayed with Laura for three nights at the Escape, and it was an experience we won't forget.

Getting to the Escape is not one for the faint hearted! To be honest, the difficulty is played down somewhat - we had a 4 x 4 and were glad of it! If we had had a normal car, we would have turned back - but we are so glad we didn't! (Please note we were unlucky with the weather - it snowed the day before our arrival which made things slightly worse). Irrespective, it is 25km of offroad gravel tracks to get to the Escape so be prepared!

Once at the Escape, it was everything we had hoped for. We had delicious home cooked food every morning and evening, and a packed lunch every day. The activities on offer would suit sightseers or those looking for exercise (we trekked for 3 hours on horseback and hiked the next day). There are endless activities available - Laura is extremely welcoming and knowledgeable and will tailor a package to suit your needs exactly. The two dogs, Mollie and Leo were gorgeous and provided us with lots of entertainment.

The cabin was as expected - wood burner, gas stove for hot drinks and not much else! Ideal for peace and quiet! The one drawback of the cabins is the tap water - described as having 'a faint odor', this was an understatement and not particularly pleasant when washing or cleaning your teeth. However, plenty of fresh drinking water is supplied.

One of the highlights of our stay was looking out of our cabin window to see two deer grazing on the snow covered grass right outside - you don't get that close to nature in a city! Highly recommended for anyone looking for something a bit different, relaxed and as close to nature as you can get.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2010

We moved to Alberta in 2001. We found Rocky Mountain Escape's website when we were looking around for places to go in the mountains. We enjoy Jasper but also a less-touristy experience.

Our first trip was in May 2002 and we have gone every May long weekend since then. We enjoy staying in our favourite cabin and just relaxing for the three days that we are there. Laura is a great host and she always has lots of interesting stories. Each year we go on a long hike - often with other people who are staying there that weekend.

There is no tv, stores or anything else like that at the Escape. What you do get is solitude, peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and some great home-cooked meals. You will have your own log cabin and a wood stove to keep you warm at night. It truely is an escape and we look forward to going there again in May 2010.

It's a shame that Rocky Mountain Escape did not meet the expectations of the previous reviewer. I have recommended it to my friends and everyone has really enjoyed it. It is perhaps not to everyone's style but there are lots of hotels in Jasper for people who like a more urban experience. It is truly unique place.

It is in the Rocky Mountains and not just the foothills!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2008

Eventhough we came from Edmonton, it was like we were in a completely different world. My family and I have never experinced the rockies like this ever before!! Every single aspect of this holiday from the host to the food to the location to the horseback riding to the whitewater rafting, was beyond any expectation!!! Words could not even begin to describe such an unbelievable experince. We will definately be returning!! One could not experince the backcountry of the rockies, until you go to Rocky Mountain Escape. "Just when you thought you knew it all"! If you are soley and truely into life and nature at its finest...then this is the place for you.

Edmonton, AB

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2008

A lovely place to visit to escape the everyday life. We stayed for 3 nights and were so pleased with the cabin and the cleaniness. We were provided with three meals per day which was all homemade, very tasty and lots of it. The scenery is stunning and at least 45 minutes off of a main road. We really were out in the wilderness!

We experienced a hike in the mountains and Laura shared her experiences with us about life at Rocky Mountain Escape. She told us lots about the flowers, plants and wild animals. Fortunately we only saw evidence of them being there and not any bears or wolves. We did see squirrels, elk, white tailed deer and coyote.

A fishing trip was organised by Laura for us and a local guide took us to a local lake to fish for Northern Pike. We were also given a link to buy the fishing licence on-line - very helpful.

A great place to see and spend time. Would love to go back sometime and do more hiking. The only downside was the smell of the water - sulphur from the well, but you did not ever smell of it after washing. Fresh drinking water was provided in the cabin which was very nice. Laura and her helper were very friendly and made you feel really welcome. Laura has three lovely dogs who were really friendly and also come on the walks with us.

If you want to get away from everything then this is the place to stay! No television, papers and complete peace and quiet - heaven!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

After spending time in Jasper National Park we drove to Rocky Mountain Escape for a real wilderness experience - and that's what we got. Laura's property is in the foothills and has a panoramic view of small mountains and a creek at the bottom of the hill. There isn't anyone else in sight except for the guests in the 3 gorgeous log cabins, her lovely volunteer, and 3 cheery dogs. The breakfast is hearty with fresh fruit, muffins from the oven and eggs to order. We got sandwiches packed to go for lunch with lots of sweets. The dinners are good, but caloric -- with home-baked pies at every meal. Best of all, she took us on hikes in the mountains, and shared her extensive knowledge about wildflowers, animals, including bear poop and tracks. She has lots of great stories about run in with bears and misguided canoe trips. The hikes were tailored to our interest and experience. One down side is that the well water is sulphuric and smelly. However she provides lots of fresh spring water in each cabin. She runs a small generator in the evening and morning which is noisy. Overall we had a great time, and found it inspiring to see what one woman is able to accomplish on her own.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed 25 February 2006

The weird thing about walking in the Rocky Mountains at 30 below freezing is that it seems not as cold as walking in London in 3 over. I’m told it’s the dry mountain air. We saw elk, ravens, woodpeckers, and colourful Pine Grossbills, heard owls, and went for long beautiful walks in both boots and snowshoes. Breakfasts were hearty and sustaining, but if you didn’t want to walk them off in the woods, the cabin was warm and comfortable, and you could sit and read and look out of the large clear windows at the mountains and the birds on the feeder. Whichever you did, you were ready by the end of the day for Laura Rutter’s very toothsome suppers and grand conversation.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Address: Jasper National Park | Box 5029, Hinton, Alberta T7V 1X3, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Hinton
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Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Hinton
Price Range: £115 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rocky Mountain Escape offers private, secluded log cabin accommodation, and a variety of year-round, nature-oriented activities. The cabins are nestled amongst the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, adjacent to Jasper National Park (east backcountry boundary) and vast, undeveloped Willmore Wilderness. We cater to folks looking for a quiet, scenic and non-touristy spot from which to enjoy our mountain environment. ... more   less 
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