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By now, you’ve probably heard of “Glamping”. This more glamorous style of camping allows you to immerse yourself in the great outdoors without having to rough it. It typically includes unique types of accommodation, from safari-style tents and Yurts to airstreams, cabins and treehouses. In many top cities in Colorado, you’ll find many different glamping options to choose from, including these top spots in the Rocky Mountain state.
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For an especially unique glamping experience, you might want to book this world-famous treehouse, available on Airbnb, that sits on 2 acres with a tranquil creek running underneath. Ideal for those who loved playing in treehouses as a kid, attached to four 100-foot-high spruce trees that serve as foundation support and rests 25 feet off the ground. 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 landscape. There’s also a wood-burning stove, 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.
If you’ve always wanted to find out what it might be like to own a classic Airstream, here’s your chance. This quirky Airbnb rental boasts a wonderful front porch area with spectacular views of the entire Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, from Poncha Pass to Mount Blanca. Located at 8,100 feet on the 40-acre Red Cloud Ranch in the ranching community of Moffat, the vintage Airstream features a full kitchen, shower and an outdoor fire pit where you can cook up your own meals while enjoying the magnificent views. It even includes Wi-Fi and air conditioning for those sizzling hot summer days. In the surrounding area, you can hike the many trails and watching wildlife, including elk herds. About a 45-minute drive south will take you to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
This fun Airbnb offers glamping in a retro-themed 1958 Airstream trailer that sits on an 80-acre property. It’s nestled beneath stunning red rock cabins and a 1,200-year-old Juniper tree, one of the oldest ever recorded. It includes a private backyard area with a hammock, table, benches and an umbrella, while miles and miles of scenic trails leading into the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument are just steps away. There’s a gas BBQ, night lights and an outside heater for alfresco dining and sunset view on the patio. You’ll also have a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, a TV and Blue Ray DVD player, along with a selection of movies too.
This glamping Airbnb offers a stay on a 100-acre horse ranch near Carbondale where you can wake up to a gorgeous view of Mount Sopris. You’ll have access to hiking trails that wind through the woods while staying on a farm with chickens, pigs, alpacas, horses and cows. It even comes with French pressed coffee and bacon, and you can collect your own farm fresh eggs too. The safari-style tent includes a comfortable bed, ceramic sink and flushing toilet, a hot shower and a private dressing room. There’s also a BBQ grill for cooking up dinner, and a large communal fire pit for gathering around afterward. Farm tours and alpaca picnics are available as well.
This very unique Airbnb is an authentically-replicated Basque sheepherder’s wagon that sits beside a stream on a 5-acre farm in southwest Colorado near the small town of Dolores. It comes with a double bed with a new Tuft & Needle mattress, a propane stove, a pull-out table, a potbellied wood stove and an outdoor fire pit. It’s equipped with some minimal kitchen supplies, including a tea kettle, tea and coffee. A full bath for guests can be accessed in the main house.
This vintage 1972 Streamline camper sits in the foothills between Golden and Boulder close to hiking trails, lakes and Red Rocks Amphitheater on a private six-acre property. The property itself has scenic trails in the forest to explore and lots of wildlife to watch for. While you’ll be close to the city, you’ll be in a tranquil, secluded location for a peaceful night’s sleep. While the camper has retained its original features providing lots of charms, it comes with modern amenities, accommodating two guests. It has a full bath, two twins and a full bed, a refrigerator, Wi-Fi and complimentary coffee.
This glamping tent for two is just an hour from Colorado Springs and only minutes from popular attractions like the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park where you can walk across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges, whiz across a zipline or soar in a gondola. It offers many of the comforts of home, including Wi-Fi and multiple power outlets. You’ll have a queen-size bed with luxurious linens and a down duvet, a desk, couch and nightstands. Enjoy the outdoors from your wood deck, a picnic table and around your private campfire ring too.
This glamping tent for adults only sits on a decked wood platform providing picturesque views of nature and abundant wildlife like deer and moose. You’ll be just steps from a private mountain lake at an elevation of 8,300 feet with access to miles and miles of scenic trails, kayaking and fishing, while being able to come back and relax in a quiet, comfy space. It includes a queen-size bed, a hot outdoor shower and an outhouse.
Just 20 miles from the popular attractions in Vail and nestled in the Rockies, this luxurious glamping retreat is easily accessible, yet it offers the chance for a true escape. The safari-style tents are set across the 1,000-acre property and come equipped with electricity, an attached private bathroom, and a king-size or two single beds. They include a sitting area, desk, safe and outdoor deck as well as a private outdoor space and a spot to enjoy a campfire. Complimentary water and snacks are provided each day, and you can even request farm-to-table private dining. Activities are extensive too, including everything from hiking, rafting, and fishing to yoga, zip-lining, picnics and board games. You’ll also get an invitation to the nightly campfires, complete with S’mores, and a complimentary wine tasting at the Vines at Vail Winery, located right on site.
Dunton River Camp at Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores
Dunton Hot Springs offers a unique glamping experience that includes staying in a meticulously restored 19th-century ghost town with a mineral hot springs. This five-star property sits against a stunning backdrop of aspens and the soaring San Juan Mountain Range, featuring 19th-century cabins that were restored by local craftsmen two decades ago, transformed into this secluded retreat that sits about 30 miles southwest of Telluride. In addition to the cabins, the resort recently opened up the “Dunton River Camp,” located four miles from Dunton Hot Springs, featuring eight lavish safari-style tents. All come complete with a gas stove for heating, a luxurious bed and furnishings, a bathroom with a full soaking tub and a private lunging terrace that offers breathtaking views of the mountains and Dolores River.
Guests also have access to the historic structures at the hot springs which house a fabulous spa, a well-stocked library and a saloon with the original that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once imbibed at – in fact, their names are even carved right into the wood. Gourmet cuisine is offered too, including produce from the property’s own organic farm, meadow-grazed local lamb, and wine from the resort’s private vineyard.
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Mount Elbert Lodge offers some great glamping cabins that include many of the comforts of home close to Leadville at the base of Mount Elbert along Lake Creek and just a 5-minute drive from Twin Lakes. You’ll have outstanding hiking or snowshoeing right outside your door while staying in a one to four-bedroom cabin, all of which come with fully equipped kitchens and charcoal barbecues. Guests also have access to a hot tub, ideal for soaking under the stars.
Colorado Cabin Adventures at Grand Lake
Colorado Cabin Adventures at Grand Lake offers a true glamping experience just minutes from the outdoor adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you can wake up to beautiful forest, river and lake views in a rustic log cabin located on five acres alongside the North Fork of the Colorado River, just south of the historic town of Grand Lake. It sits adjacent to hundreds of acres of state park property that’s home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elk, moose, fox, coyote and all sorts of waterfowl, many of which can be seen right onsite. Choose from the charming studio- to large three-bedroom log cabins with kitchens, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and bathrooms that come complete with a tub and a stackable washer and dryer.
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Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts, Leadville
The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center overlooks the Sawatch Mountains at Tennessee Pass and serves as a gateway to both winter and summer adventures, including skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking. The new Sleep Yurts provide the ultimate glamping experience totally off the grid to allow you to escape the modern world and reconnect with nature. All are furnished with handcrafted log beds and cozy down comforters, woodstoves, kitchenettes and are even stocked with cookware, dishes and complimentary hot chocolate, cider and coffee. Lunch and dinner are available at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse where you can enjoy elegant four-course dining on dishes like fresh rainbow trout and Colorado rack of lamb.
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