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Top 15 Airbnbs for Wildlife Watching in Colorado

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While Colorado is famous for its outdoor adventure opportunities and spectacular mountain scenery, it’s also a wildlife lover’s dream. When you’re out on the trails, enjoying a scenic drive, or even playing a game of golf, you might spot all sorts of creatures. Bison, Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, black bear, moose and elk are just a few of the possibilities. For the best opportunities for spotting them, be sure and book one of these Airbnbs.

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Secluded Historic Cabin with Hot Tub - Estes Park Secluded Historic Cabin with Hot Tub
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Secluded Historic Cabin with Hot Tub

Secluded Historic Cabin with Hot Tub - Estes Park

One of the coziest cabins in Estes Park, this historic three-bedroom cabin lies just outside the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. The views are amazing, not only of the breathtaking scenery but from the many large windows you’ll be able to watch for wildlife like deer, elk, wild turkey and the occasional bear.  It accommodates up to six guests and includes a bubbling hot tub, picnic table, and horseshoes. Inside is a cozy fireplace and all the comforts of home, from a TV and DVD library, books and games to a washer and dryer.

The Wapiti Retreat - Walden The Wapiti Retreat
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The Wapiti Retreat

The Wapiti Retreat - Walden

Walden is famous for its high concentration of moose, and this seven-bedroom log cabin retreat will put you right in the heart of it all. From the large front windows to the east you’ll see the Medicine Mountains while the Park Range is to the north and famous Rabbit Ears Peak is to the south. The Elk Bedroom includes a king bed and an incredible view to the southwest via a huge picture window. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen and two dining areas as well as a comfortable sitting area with a pool table, 42-inch TV with a Bluetooth-capable DVD player that can be used as a movie theater, a game center, or a sleeping area too.

Granby Lake Treehouse - Granby Granby Lake Treehouse, Granby, Colorado
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Granby Lake Treehouse, Granby, Colorado

Granby Lake Treehouse - Granby

Just steps from Lake Granby near the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, this four-bedroom home sits in an area with abundant wildlife like moose, elk, deer and porcupine. Accommodating eight guests, in the great room is a wall of windows looking out to the forest and the lake, and you can enjoy more awe-inspiring views from the deck, kitchen and dining room too. One of the best lakehouse rentals in Colorado, it includes all the comforts of home, a cozy indoor fireplace and a washer/driver. Nearly an endless list of activities can be enjoyed within walking distance, including trails for mountain biking and hiking, boating and beaches.

Spacious Lodge on a Private Mountain Ranch - Red Feathers Lake Private Mountain Ranch Lodge, Red Feathers Lake, Colorado
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Private Mountain Ranch Lodge, Red Feathers Lake, Colorado

Spacious Lodge on a Private Mountain Ranch - Red Feathers Lake

This lodge is surrounded by pine forest, lush meadows, rock outcroppings and lots of wildlife on a private mountain ranch in Red Feathers Lake. You’ll be able to bring the whole family and extended family too as it accommodates up to a dozen guests in a four-bedroom. You’ll have access to your very own lakes for fishing and trails for hiking. From the balcony, enjoy a perfect vantage point for watching for moose, deer, elk, and other creatures. You’ll also have a wood-burning fireplace, a spacious kitchen, Wi-Fi and a washer/dryer too.

Rocky Mountain Treehouse - Carbondale Rocky Mountain Treehouse
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Rocky Mountain Treehouse

Rocky Mountain Treehouse - Carbondale

A top-rated Airbnb in Colorado, this treehouse home is surrounded by nature, sharing the property with some of the state’s most impressive wildlife, including bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and more. The deer roam through neighborhoods while herds of elk recline in meadows, and bald eagles soar above the rivers searching for a meal. The treehouse boasts sweeping panoramic vistas, set between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, up 25 feet off the ground on two acres with a cattle creek running through. Accommodating up to six guests, it has a wood-burning stove and a large balcony where you can relax and watch for the wildlife by day and stargaze after dark. There’s a full kitchen and bathroom with a rock shower, a sleeping loft with two large skylights and another private balcony too.

The Lodge at Eagle's Wing Ranch - Coalmont Bison at The Lodge at Eagle's Wing Ranch, Coalmont
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Bison at The Lodge at Eagle's Wing Ranch, Coalmont

The Lodge at Eagle's Wing Ranch - Coalmont

The Lodge at Eagle’s Wing Ranch is located on a family-owned and operated bison ranch in North Park, another area famous for its moose and other wildlife. Bison sightings are a given and can be enjoyed while you sip your morning coffee or evening wine. The five-bedroom home accommodates nine guests and provides spectacular views from every window. You’ll also have a full kitchen and BBQ for grilling out, a fire pit to gather around under the stars, a wood-burning stove, laundry facilities and more.

Cozy Home on 5 Acres - Clark Cozy Home on 5 Acres
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Cozy Home on 5 Acres

Cozy Home on 5 Acres - Clark

This two-bedroom home for six offers lots of privacy and breathtaking views, set on five acres north of Steamboat Springs. The area’s mountains, forests, valleys, and rivers provide lush habitats for deer, moose, elk, mountain lions, marmots, and much more. It has a wrap-around deck for relaxing among a breathtaking setting, a BBQ and even a porch fireplace. You’ll have stunning views from every room in the house, a full kitchen, a washer/dryer, TV, Wi-Fi and high quality down comforters are on every bed.

Mountain Lodge with Daily Wildlife Sightings - Breckenridge Mountain Lodge with Daily Wildlife Sightings
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Mountain Lodge with Daily Wildlife Sightings

Mountain Lodge with Daily Wildlife Sightings - Breckenridge

Wildlife abounds around this three-bedroom mountain lodge for up to three guests, with daily sightings of bear, moose, fox and deer. Enjoy all sorts of activities nearby from hiking to skiing, and then come back to enjoy the outdoor Jacuzzi, cozying up to one of two indoor fireplaces, and enjoying breathtaking mountain views. It includes a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV and much more.

Creekside Cottage Near Mt Evans & Hiking Trails - Idaho Springs Creekside Cottage Near Mount Evans, Idaho Springs
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Creekside Cottage Near Mount Evans, Idaho Springs

Creekside Cottage Near Mt Evans & Hiking Trails - Idaho Springs

The Mount Evans area is inhabited by mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots and pikas, and this home will put you right in the middle of it all, while offering easy access to one of the state’s 58 fourteeners. The one-bedroom cabin is nestled by a creek so close you can fall asleep to the sounds of the rushing water and enjoy fishing right off the patio too. There’s a gas fireplace to relax by and a BBQ grill for cooking up that catch.

Purgatory Mountain Getaway - Purgatory House and trees at Purgatory Mountain Getaway
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House and trees at Purgatory Mountain Getaway

Purgatory Mountain Getaway - Purgatory

This property is just 25 miles north of Durango, across from popular Purgatory Resort for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and more. In this beautiful mountain area, coyotes, bears, and elk can be seen,  and inside, you’ll have plenty of space for with two-bedrooms and 1,300 square feet of living space. There’s also a loft with futons and a full kitchen. Your host is a 20-year resident of nearby Durango and can provide advice for activities and the best places to spot wildlife.

Private Riverfront Retreat - Salida Private River Retreat, Salida
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Private River Retreat, Salida

Private Riverfront Retreat - Salida

This retreat overlooks the Arkansas River, where Bighorn sheep can be seen year-round coming for a drink, especially in the winter. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the river from the open loft area, ideal for relaxing by the fire, watching movies, or reading a good book. From the deck enjoy the sounds and sights of the water while dining, sipping your morning coffee or evening wine. The river also offers gold medal fishing, rafting, kayaking and swimming right from your back door.

Rustic Riverfront Cabin - Ouray Rustic Riverfront Cabin, Ouray
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Rustic Riverfront Cabin, Ouray

Rustic Riverfront Cabin - Ouray

Enjoy a front-row seat for Ouray’s breathtaking scenery and wildlife here – deer and elk are in the vicinity throughout the year, while black bears have been spotted in the fall. Bighorn sheep live on the rocky cliffs above the town and are often sighted during the winter. The one-bedroom cabin for four is budget-friendly, close to the hot springs and includes electricity, but it’s a bit of a glamping experience with no running water or bathroom inside. You will have access to drinking water, nearby heated restrooms and showers. A mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and electric fireplace are included too.

The Celtic Lady's Peaceful Mountain Retreat - Estes Park The Celtic Lady's Peaceful Mountain Retreat
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The Celtic Lady's Peaceful Mountain Retreat

The Celtic Lady's Peaceful Mountain Retreat - Estes Park

The Celtic Lady’s Peaceful Mountain Retreat is a mother-in-law suite that’s just 2.5 miles from Lake Estes and the popular town of Estes Park, yet away from the hustle and bustle in an area with lots of wildlife, including an abundance of elk. You’ll be within walking distance of hiking trails too. It accommodates up to three with a queen bed, two couches, TV, and Wi-Fi along with a back deck to relax on while enjoying the views.

Mountain Sky Cabin - San Miguel County Mountain Sky Cabin
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Mountain Sky Cabin

Mountain Sky Cabin - San Miguel County

Only about 30 minutes from Telluride, the Mountain Sky Cabin overlooks the Uncompahgre Wilderness and Sneffels Range at an elevation of over 9,000 feet and boasts scenic trails for hiking across 54 acres. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, relax in the hot tub, fly fish, ski or snowshoe. From the deck, enjoy the scenery while watching for everything from wild turkeys, lynx, and mountain lions, to bobcats, porcupines, coyotes, and red-tailed hawks. It sleeps up to seven in four bedrooms and boasts sweeping views in every direction, spanning three levels. You’ll also have a TV with satellite channels, Netflix, Showtime and AppleTV, complimentary snowshoes for adults and children in the winter, and an indoor fireplace.

Mountain Serenity - Collbran Mountain Serenity, Collbran
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Mountain Serenity, Collbran

Mountain Serenity - Collbran

You’ll be surrounded by 360-degree views of spectacular beauty and wildlife here, with elk, deer, bear, coyotes, and more often passing through while Vega State Park and Powderhorn Ski Resort Hiking on the Grand Mesa are only about 35 minutes away. The studio apartment is ideal for a couple although it can sleep up to three and includes a kitchen with all the essentials for making your own meals, plus coffee, condiments, and cooking oil. Enjoy the fire pit with wood supplied too.

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