Colorado is home to some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, home to the spectacular Rocky Mountains and other picturesque areas with pristine rivers, sparkling lakes and abundant wildlife. While camping under the stars is an option, if you don’t want to endure the hassle of bringing your own equipment or sacrifice comfort, a cabin rental can be the ideal compromise. These cabins provide views and access to a wide range of outdoor adventures while providing the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
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Located less than 10 minutes to Grand Lake Village and under 15 to Rocky Mountain National Park’s west entrance, Bear Crossing Cabin sits across three-quarters of an acre on a hill overlooking Shadow Mountain Lake, providing panoramic forest and mountain views. It includes two bedrooms, sleeping up to six, and you can even bring your furry best friend as it’s dog-friendly too. You’ll have a large deck for gazing out at the gorgeous scenery that includes a table and chairs for alfresco dining, a well-stocked kitchen, and a loft for reading, playing games or to use as an extra sleeping area. There’s also a mini multi-game table for playing table tennis or pool, satellite TV, a fireplace and washer/dryer.
This Airbnb cabin sits along a creek and even comes with your very own natural hot spring for soaking under the stars. Located in Buena Vista between the Arkansas River and Sawatch Range, the highest range in the Rockies, the restored 19th-century log mining cabin offers lots of historic charms while providing a cozy place to stay. It has a fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Of course, the highlight is the infinity pool-style hot spring, which is inset with rocks. It even comes with LED lighting and Bluetooth speakers for enjoying tunes while you relax, breathing in the fresh mountain air.
Located high up in the mountains above Cripple Creek, you’ll be surrounded by magnificent views with a stay at this gorgeous log cabin. While it’s just a short drive to town, it may be hard to leave the peace and tranquility. Spend time relaxing among the fresh mountain air and, after dark, enjoying unbeatable stargazing from the wrap-around deck. It has a spacious well-equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, a Smart TV with Netflix streaming, DVD player with a DVD library, games, a commercial popcorn maker, gas Weber grill, washer/dryer and more, accommodating up to six guests.
Located near the small village of Nathrop between Buena Vista and Salida, this three-bedroom cabin sleeps six and comes with a lot of history, located along the former Chalk Creek stagecoach route. It’s surrounded by tall pine trees, aspen, willows, and stunning 14er mountain views, with the bighorn sheep viewing meadow adjacent to the property. It has a fully stocked kitchen, a flat-screen HDTV with a DVD player and Bose speakers, a land-line phone with free local calls, free Wi-Fi, and a washer/dryer. Outside is a grill, in-ground fire pit and a horseshoe pit.
Located in historic downtown Pagosa Springs, this two-bedroom cabin was once a bookstore and coffee shop, and after being fully remodeled it now provides a comfortable stay for up to six guests. It has a well-stocked kitchen that includes condiments and a dishwasher, and a cozy living room with a leather sectional and rocking chair where you can enjoy the flat-screen cable TV. Out back is a gas grill and a hot tub. When staying in the winter, you’ll especially enjoy the boot dryers that will ensure your feet are dry and toasty.
Located near the small mountain town of Walden in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, this off-grid cabin is ideal for wilderness adventurers and couples seeking a romantic retreat. Escape the crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park while enjoying spectacular scenery that includes dramatic mountain peaks and glistening blue alpine lakes. Wildlife is abundant, with more than 600 moose inhabiting the area, along with elk, black bear, mule deer, and bald eagles. While the bathroom is an outhouse 20 feet away and there is no running water and just minimal electricity, you’ll have access to miles and miles of hiking trails.
This authentic log cabin offers a stay right along the shoreline of Sun Valley Lake near the village of Grand Lake just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. The three-bedroom log home sleeps up to 10 and comes with awe-inspiring mountain views surrounded by the pines, and access to a sandy beach. It includes full use of a canoe, pedal boat, life vests and bikes. There’s a beautiful fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with a dining table that seats up to 12, and from the deck, you can watch wildlife like moose, elk and deer graze along the lake’s shoreline.
This secluded two-bedroom cabin is set across 2.5 acres in Florissant on the west side of Pike’s Peak. Sleeping up to six, it’s ideal for a family or a couple seeking a romantic stay, located on a hill providing lots of privacy and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains adjacent to Pikes National Forest. You’ll have easy access to hiking at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, fishing at Eleven Mile State Park and the attractions in Cripple Creek, including a historic train ride, gold mine, casinos, museums and restaurants. After a day of play, you’ll be able to come back and relax in the hot tub too.
Grinning Bear is a luxurious three-bedroom open-design log cabin with three stories. It comfortably sleeps up to 10 and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound deck showcasing breathtaking views of the Mosquito Mountain Range. In the walk-out basement, there’s a pool table, foosball, flat-screen TV with a DVD player and games for kids, as well as a two-car garage. The living area has a flat-screen TV with a Blu-ray player, an iPod radio hook-up and a wood-burning stove. You’ll also have an outdoor fire pit to the south, providing magnificent views of the mountains during the day, and outstanding stargazing at night.
This cozy one-bedroom cabin is ideal for romance-seeking couples, located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies near historic Cripple Creek. Enjoy sipping your morning coffee and dinner under the stars from the deck that overlooks the mountains, and then relaxing in the bubbling hot tub. When it’s time to go inside, you can cozy up to the warmth of a fire in the wood-burning stove. Pet-friendly, it also includes a TV and free Wi-Fi.
This remote three-bedroom mountain cabin near Fairplay, about a 35-minute drive from Breckenridge, sits across 23 acres along a fishing creek, with national forest on two sides. It has a large pond and offers stunning views of the mountain peaks, with a large covered deck that wraps around three sides. The striking beauty even attracted Enrique Iglesias and JonZ to film their music video here. It sleeps six to eight and includes a fireplace, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a washer/dryer and a full kitchen. Plus, it’s pet-friendly too.
This cabin offers a beautiful, secluded riverfront setting in Monarch, 15.7 miles from the center of Salida. It sleeps up to 12 with two bedrooms, a loft and bunk room, providing spectacular mountain views and the peaceful sounds of the river. The Great Room has a Waterford gas stove and two French doors that open to a large balcony overlooking the river. It comes with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV too.
This secluded cabin is far from the congestion, yet it’s less than a 30-minute drive from popular Breckenridge ski resort, near some of the state’s most scenic hiking trails. A modern three-bedroom home sleeping up to six, it includes a hot tub, jetted Roman tub and a large deck with jaw-dropping views of the Mount Lincoln and Mosquito Range. Just some of its other upscale features include a wood stove, radiant floor heating, three flat-screen TVs, laundry facilities and a fully equipped kitchen.