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Colorado boasts an array of unique vacation rentals, from kid-friendly stays and glamping options to rentals with luxury perks. Whether you want to plan a trip for a bucket-list-worthy wildlife-watching adventure, book for a large group, or prefer to stay near the slopes, this state has you covered with memorable getaways. While planning your next trip to Colorado, consider a stay in one of these standout rentals.
Blue Sky Mountain Ranch is a private estate that sits on 120 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness. It’s so impressive that it’s often been used as a setting for films. In fact, plenty of VIPs have stayed here, from an Oscar-winning director to recording artists, and sports celebrities, along with authors and screenwriters who enjoy it for inspiration or just to recharge. Highlights include 2,000 square feet of deck and patio space, a fire pit, and a seasonal garden. There’s a hot tub deck and hammock area and a theater room with a 65″ Smart TV, Blu-ray player, Mp3 player, and Wii gaming system. The master bedroom is incredible, spread over two floors with a hot tub on the lower floor, two flat-screen TVs, and a wall of windows for breathtaking mountain views.
For a memorable getaway in the mountains that’s just a short drive from Denver, this romantic retreat is ideal for a couple. It comes with many luxurious features, including two hot tubs, one indoors and one outdoors. Comfy Turkish robes are included, perfect after a relaxing soak. There’s also a BBQ grill for cookouts and an outdoor fire pit to cozy up to under the stars. When it’s time to go in, you’ll find a full-size theater for movie nights. A well-equipped kitchen with mountain views, a 65″ HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Hulu, and Netflix, an Xbox 360, and a washer/dryer are all included too.
This large mountain home can accommodate as many as 10 guests, which is ideal for multiple families traveling together. Relax with views of the private meadow and pond while watching for abundant wildlife, including daily sightings of bears, moose, foxes, and deer. There’s an outdoor fireplace and a BBQ grill for cookouts, along with a fully equipped kitchen that includes the latest appliances. Nearby, activities can be enjoyed year-round, from hiking to skiing. After a day of play, you’ll appreciate the outdoor Jacuzzi for a nice soak. There are two indoor fireplaces to cozy up too, while the heated recreation area is especially ideal in the winter with 12 boot warmers, ski racks, and snowboard racks. Bike racks, foosball, balance boards, and board games are included too.
This seven-bedroom log cabin is ideal for a larger group retreat, accommodating as many as 15 guests. It’s located in Walden, famous for its high concentration of moose, and from the large front windows, you’ll see the Medicine Mountains to the east while the Park Range is to the north and the famous Rabbit Ears Peak lie in the south. From the Elk Bedroom, the huge picture window showcases stunning views to the southwest. The cabin also has a fully equipped kitchen and two dining areas, a sitting area with a pool table, 42″ TV with a Bluetooth-capable DVD player that can be used as a movie theater.
Located just north of Boulder in the tiny town of Lyons tucked within the foothills of the Rockies, the Little Red Treehouse offers a unique stay surrounded by tranquil scenery. Up to two guests can enjoy this wonderfully quiet getaway that happens to be along the road to Rocky Mountain National Park making it ideal for those looking to explore it. It’s also within walking distance of hiking, biking, river tubing, fishing and more. Literally set within the trees it offers huge views and the property includes a picnic area, swing and large lawn for playing Frisbee.
Walden is a small mountain town in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area that offers an ideal retreat for escaping the crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park, complete with dramatic mountain peaks and sparkling blue alpine lakes. It’s also one of the best places in the state for moose watching. Enjoy hiking miles and miles of scenic trails where you’ll have the opportunity to spot one of the over 600 moose that inhabit the area along with elk, bald eagles, black bears, mule deer, beaver, fox and marmots. The off-grid Moose Haven is perfect for the ultimate wilderness stay. While there’s no running water and only minimal electricity, with an outhouse 20 feet from the front door, if you’re looking to escape the rat race, it’s hard to beat.
Located on the west side of Buttermilk Mountain, one of the country’s top ski mountains, this one-of-a-kind chalet offers plenty of peace and privacy set on 40 private acres. It’s surrounded by nature, including panoramic views stretching all the way to Mount Sopris. It sleeps up to eight in three bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms. The many windows bring in lots of natural light but there are black-out blinds throughout to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Other features include multiple TVs with DVD players and Roku, a large wood-burning fireplace, a high-end kitchen, and access to the greenhouse where you can harvest whatever is growing seasonally.
Truly an architectural masterpiece, this home is nestled among the aspens with 20′ walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase dramatic mountain peaks – Wilson Peak is part of the same mountains featured in the Coors Light logo. It’s just outside the beautiful town of Telluride with its Victorian storefronts and frontier-era facades, providing the perfect base to explore downtown and enjoy the many activities in the area, including world-class hiking and skiing. It includes a high-end kitchen and two bedrooms plus a loft area, with a master suite that has a private entrance and hot tub access along with a Jacuzzi tub. There’s an impressive sound system, a record player, and a 55″ HDTV with standard cable for indoor entertainment too.
Another Cripple Creek gem, this one is ideal for a large family or group of friends, sleeping up to 11 with seven beds. The hosts note that it’s where purple mountain majesties” reside from Katharine Lee Bate’s “America the Beautiful,” and it truly is magnificent. Enjoy jaw-dropping views from the living room and deck just a mile from the trails in Mueller State Park set high atop a hill on the western slope of Pike’s Peak. Lots of luxurious amenities are included, like a spacious walk-out concrete patio and large hot tub/spa, multiple big-screen HDTVx and a small pool table.
This really cool new Tumbleweed Tiny Home is located in the high elevation town of Fairplay a place renowned for its “South Park” TV series. Enjoy a cozy hideaway in the mountains surrounded by opportunities for scenic hikes, fly fishing, gold panning and more while being just 30 minutes from ski slopes. It has a solid pine interior with one bedroom, sleeping up to three in two beds (one in the loft and another downstairs) and a kitchen. During the summer months, there are community hot tubs available for guest use as well.
This fabulous getaway offers an idyllic Rocky Mountain setting just minutes south of downtown. The perfect log cabin in the woods, it’s tucked among a peaceful forested neighborhood in Blue River just minutes from the shuttles and free parking to the ski gondola and bases. Incredibly charming, it comes with plenty of modern amenities, including a well-equipped kitchen, a large deck and grill, a covered space for all your ski and other sports gear and lots more. It sleeps up to eight guests in three bedrooms, with six beds that all come high-quality linens and pillow-top queen mattresses.
The ideal base for enjoying the many attractions in Glenwood Springs, this four-bedroom home accommodates as many as a dozen guests. It sits on a private acre and includes a private hot tub for soaking with a jaw-dropping view of Mount Sopris. There’s a gas fireplace to curl up to with a cup of hot cocoa and all the modern conveniences too, from Wi-Fi and cable TV to a high-end kitchen and laundry facilities.
Located on the top floor of Peak 9 Inn AKA Liftside, this studio condo offers a fabulous view of the mountains and the ski slope. Up to four guests can enjoy convenient access to skiing, shopping and dining, along with access to the complex’s amenities. That includes a slope-side, indoor-outdoor pool, four hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, and fitness center. A ski locker or space for extra storage is located just outside the unit and inside, you’ll have a full kitchen, cable TV, queen-size bed, and sofa sleeper.
Some say the Rocky Mountain Treehouse in Carbondale is the coolest Airbnb ever. It offers the chance to turn your dreams of living in a treehouse as a kid into reality. The home sits on 2 acres and is attached to four 100-foot-high spruce trees that serve as foundation support, resting 25 feet off the ground with a tranquil creek running underneath. You’ll take the winding rock staircase to the front door of the massive treehouse, which comes with two balconies that provide sweeping panoramic vistas of some of Colorado’s most impressive landscapes. There’s also a wood-burning stove, a full-size kitchen with granite and copper backsplash, a bathroom with a rock shower, a bedroom sleeping loft with four beds and a campfire area. Plus, it’s just minutes from the main county road, so while you’ll be far enough into the wilderness to forget about your smartphone, you’ll still be close enough to civilization if you need to run out and grab a bottle of wine.
This Airbnb is a duplex with permanent quiet renters on one side while boasting stunning views in an outstanding location next to Crested Butte and lots of scenic trails. You can bring your four-legged friends as it’s pet-friendly, complete with a private fenced yard. It has two bedrooms with a queen-size bed in each along with a huge deck that overlooks vast open space with a winding river running through. Indoors is a 52″ YouTube Tv, a large electric reclining couch that sits as many as eight, a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a wood-burning stove and washer/dryer. There’s outdoor furniture and an outdoor fire pit too.
Worthy of a magazine cover, this four-bedroom home for up to 10 has a beautiful Scandivanian vibe and an ideal setting. It’s close to skiing at multiple resorts, including Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland. You’ll have an outdoor hot tub to soothe those muscles afterward and an outdoor stone fire pit too. Inside, relax with spectacular mountain views, cook up meals in the high-end kitchen, and enjoy many other features like a fireplace, four flat-screen TVs, and a washer/dryer.
This shipping container home for up to four might just be the coolest and swankiest you’ve ever seen. It certainly doesn’t feel like one, with the open floor plan that features panoramic views of the Sangre de Christo Mountains from wall-to-wall windows. There’s a wraparound deck when you want to enjoy them with the fresh mountain air too. After a day of hiking, fly fishing, rafting, or any one of the area’s many outdoor activities, unwind by the fire in the outdoor fire pit or enjoy a little friendly competition with Ping Pong, darts, cornhole, Connect 4, Jenga, and more all included. You’ll have a full kitchen, a wood-burning stove, a flat-screen Smart TV, and a washer/dryer too.
Look forward to spectacular mountain views from every window while staying at the Buffalo House. It offers a tranquil getaway just two miles from downtown Buena Vista with opportunities for everything from hiking, mountain biking, and rafting to snowshoeing, skiing, and soaking in natural hot springs nearby. Afterward, relax in the hot tub and or hang out around the firepit under the stars. You’ll have a full kitchen and laundry facilities, with accommodation for up to 10 with three bedrooms plus an attached livable garage that has a queen-over-queen bunk bed.
This 1888 Victorian is just a block off Leadville’s main street yet it enjoys a quiet setting and a hot tub in the backyard, ideal for soaking under the stars. Much bigger than it looks, it includes four bedrooms spread over two levels, sleeping as many as eight guests. It’s filled with period furnishings adding to the historic character, but you’ll have all the modern essentials. There’s a fully stocked kitchen with high-end appliances, a coffeemaker and coffee, Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with a Blu-Ray player, and even a piano. You could fill a week or more just browsing the extensive library which includes some fantastic rare, vintage books.
This cabin is ideal for romance-seeking couples, sleeping up to two. It sits on a 15-acre property that merges with public land providing practically endless views along with opportunities for romantic walks through the wooded area to an enchanting meadow. You can set intentions around the private river stone meditation labyrinth, enjoy soaks in the private two-person tub, and cuddle up on the loveseat swing bench while enjoying a panoramic view of the Collegiate Peaks. Notable features inside include a wood-burning fireplace, a full kitchen with tea, coffee, and other basic supplies, a TV and blue tooth speaker with Internet access, and a washer/dryer.