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By now, you’ve probably heard of “Glamping.” This glamorous camping style allows you to immerse yourself in the great outdoors without roughing 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, including these top spots in the Rocky Mountain state.
This fun Airbnb offers glamping in a retro-themed 1958 Airstream trailer 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 with a hammock, table, benches, and an umbrella. At the same time, 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, an outdoor heater for alfresco dining, and a sunset view on the patio. You’ll also have a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, a TV, a Blue Ray DVD player, and a selection of movies.
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, a down duvet, a desk, a couch, and nightstands. Enjoy the outdoors from your wood deck, a picnic table, and around your private campfire ring.
If you’ve always wanted to discover what it might be like to own a classic Airstream, here’s your chance. This quirky Airbnb rental boasts a beautiful 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 meals while enjoying the magnificent views. It even includes Wi-Fi and air conditioning for those sizzling hot summer days. You can hike the trails and watch wildlife, including elk herds, in the surrounding area. About a 45-minute drive south will take you to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
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; you can collect your 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 dinner and a large communal fire pit for gathering afterward. Farm tours and alpaca picnics are available as well.
For an incredibly unique glamping experience, you might want to book this world-famous treehouse 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 rest 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 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 vintage 1972 Streamline camper sits on a private six-acre property in the foothills between Golden and Boulder, close to hiking trails, lakes, and Red Rocks Amphitheater. The property has scenic routes in the forest to explore and lots of wildlife to watch. 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, a full bed, a refrigerator, Wi-Fi, and complimentary coffee.
Located high in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains at 10,000 feet in elevation, this glamping treehouse offers the chance to get away from it all while enjoying epic mountain views in a remote location. It is off-grid, but there are solar-powered lights and limited electricity for charging electronics. The deck is ideal for relaxing with a stunning view of Culebra Peak or for epic stargazing and you’ll have a little wood-burning stove as well as a propane heater to ensure warmth. A camping grill is provided along with basics for cooking like cooking oil, salt, and pepper, plus a kettle for making coffee with coffee supplied. Up to four can be accommodated, with a sectional couch used as a super-sized bed and a small loft with a comfortable queen foam topper.
Ideal for a couple looking for a romantic retreat, this secluded tent sits on a 120-acre property bordered by BLM land. It’s a short drive to hiking and mountain biking trails, set upon a wooden platform made of sturdy canvas and wood, making it feel more like a permanent dwelling. You’ll have an ultra-comfy bed, solar that powers the record player that’s included as well as the lights, a fan, and for charging phones and other electronics. You’ll be able to prepare your meals in the outdoor kitchen with a three-burner stovetop and there’s a composting toilet in the outhouse too.
Nestled in the magnificent San Juan Mountains, this yurt can accommodate up to four, ideal for a small family with a queen bed and a bunk bed. There are family-friendly games, a propane oven and range, and a wood stove with firewood supplied too. You’ll find plenty to do nearby as it sits on 27 acres of private land surrounded by national forest, with Phoenix Park and its waterfalls nearby. Your host will provide details on the area’s many hiking trails, and there are some good fishing spots nearby too.
This large yurt for six is tucked into Unaweep Canyon, surrounded by steep granite walls near Gateway Canyons Resort in western Colorado. Enjoy access to horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and wildlife watching while enjoying many of the comforts of home. It has a small kitchen with hot running water and all the essentials, including an oven with a stovetop, full-size fridge, microwave, and French press. There’s a custom hand-carved queen-size log bed, a pull-out couch, and a full bathroom. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are provided too.
A fun place for a glamping couple who want to be immersed in nature with hiking and biking nearby, the Sundance Wagon is a unique and adorable covered wagon that comes with everything you need. Drinking water, a shower, coffee, a/c, and heating are all provided, along with epic views that include sunsets over the mountains.
Enjoy the vintage trailer life in this off-grid 25-foot-long 1946 Spartan Manor that the owners refer to as “Little John.” It has a unique feel with the interior 90 percent original while providing the chance to enjoy the ultimate in peace, quiet, and incredible views. There are trails right on the property for scenic hikes while wildlife watching includes deer, elk, and antelope. While it is off-grid, you’ll have a kitchen with all the basics for making your meals along with a grill, hot and cold water, and an indoor toilet.