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With everything from interactive museums and amusement parks in Denver to the magnificent Rockies for hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting and other adventures, Colorado is an ideal destination for a family vacation. When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find a wide range of options, including plenty of kid-friendly Airbnbs. These rentals are our top picks that are sure to make for the ideal stay no matter what your idea of a fun escape.
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An outdoor adventurer’s and a wildlife lover’s dream, the Wapiti Retreat is ideal for families who want to enjoy a more remote wilderness area, complete with views of the Medicine Bow Mountains, Rabbit Ears Peak, and the Park Range. Located in Walden, this area is famous for its high concentration of moose, with sightings guaranteed to thrill all ages. The home itself accommodates 10 in seven bedrooms so the kids might even be able to bring a friend. There are miles and miles of hiking trails nearby and after a day exploring, enjoy playing a game of pool or a movie night with a 42″ TV featuring a Bluetooth-capable DVD player.
This cabin in the woods is ideal for families who want to enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort and then come back and relax around a fireplace while watching the snow fall. It has a beautiful stone-surround fireplace in the living room with 20-foot vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows. It sleeps up to nine guests in three bedrooms and has a rec room with a Ping Pong table along with amenities for the kids like safety gates for the stairs, children’s dinnerware, and a pack-n-play. All that and you’ll be close to the ski area and downtown Breckenridge too.
For a luxurious stay that will put you close to Glenwood Springs and its famous hot springs as well as the Aspen/Snowmass area for skiing, this 4,700-square-foot six-bedroom home is ideal. It accommodates up to 18, large enough for several families, set on a 1.5-acre property with an outdoor hot tub that overlooks the Roaring Fork River. It includes a separate detached apartment, ensuring everyone can enjoy plenty of privacy. It even has two kitchens and two living spaces with Smart TVs that include cable channels.
This six-bedroom home can host as many as 16 guests and features a dedicated playroom that includes a huge TV with a Bose sound system, shuffleboard, air hockey, and a Game closet that’s fully loaded with games. In the backyard, there’s an in-ground trampoline, tire swing, and a basketball hoop. Enjoy alfresco dining at the large outdoor dining table and a fire pit for making S’mores as you watch the sun go down over Pikes Peak. Make your meals in the well-stocked kitchen and get the laundry done too with a washer/dryer included. Adding to the ambiance are murals of Colorado in nearly every room.
No matter what the season you can enjoy a great family vacation in this five-bedroom custom home that sleeps up to 13 comfortably. It’s nestled in the Animas River Valley halfway between downtown Durango and Purgatory Ski Resort which offers year-round fun with activities in the summer and winter. The house has a huge bonus game room with lots to do for the adults and kids, including Ping Pong, foosball, a pool table, air hockey, video games, a pinball machine, and lots of board games. It also features a big-screen TV, wrap-around sofa, loveseat, and a gas fireplace.
This stunning five-bedroom home is like having your own castle in the Colorado Rockies, with amazing views throughout and plenty of luxuries for kids and adults alike. It sleeps 14, including one bedroom with two sets of bunk beds. There’s a rec room with an arcade game and shuffleboard table, a private hot tub and shuttle service to multiple routes is within walking distance.
Enjoy a secluded stay tucked in the forest at this authentic, full round log cabin. Located in the heart of South Park, it sits on 2.7 acres and includes two bedrooms, sleeping up to seven guests. You can enjoy a relaxing vacation right here, complete with a hot tub, games, books, videos and musical instruments. Day trips to the hot springs in Buena Vista or Breckenridge for skiing are possible too, while the town center of Fairplay is just a 5-minute drive away from grocery stores and restaurants when you want to dine out. You’ll have a well-equipped kitchen with everything you need to make your meals though along with a washer/dryer.
A great option for those who want to enjoy wildlife sightings, this Airbnb is located on a family-owned and operated bison ranch in North Park, also famous for its moose, with bison watching guaranteed – against a backdrop of a sunrise or a sunset, the view is even more impressive. The lodge is a five-bedroom home accommodating up to nine, with magnificent views from every window. Enjoy family cookouts with a BBQ and a full kitchen as well as a fire pit for marshmallow roasting under the starry skies. It includes all the essentials plus a cozy wood-burning stove and a washer/dryer.
As the name belies, the kids are sure to love this beautiful mountain chalet, tucked on a one-acre property filled with aspen trees. During the day enjoy the area’s outstanding mountain biking, hiking, fishing, or four-wheeling opportunities and then the kids can have fun in the basement AKA mountain camping adventure land with numerous family games/books/puzzles/movies, Legos, and dress-up clothes. There are even strider bikes for strolling ‘mountain trails,’ Tarzan swings and a climbing cave. For the tiny tots, you’ll have two pack-n-plays with sheets, a Rock-n-Play, baby gates and a booster chair.
This 4-bedroom home in Colorado Springs accommodates up to 12 and sits on 2.6 acres, providing plenty of room for the kids to roam. The highlight may be the indoor pool, something that’s sure to thrill everyone in the family. The 60′ X 6′ mosaic glass pool is heated throughout the year, and there are rock formations on the property for bouldering too. You’ll feel as if you’re worlds away from the city, enjoying spectacular views of Pikes Peak, Pulpit Rock, and the Garden of the Gods, yet it offers easy access to shopping, dining and other city amenities that are just minutes away.
The Buffalo House is just two miles from downtown Buena Vista, close to hot springs, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking, whitewater rafting and more. After a day of play, you’ll appreciate coming back to this tranquil mountain getaway where you can soak in the hot tub, gather around the fire pit outside or hangout inside enjoying the ambiance of the gas fireplace and the spectacular views from every window. It sleeps 10 in three bedrooms plus it has an attached livable garage with a queen over queen bunk bed and living space that may be perfect for families with teenagers.
Located in the highly desirable Cherry Creek area of Denver, this luxurious home sleeps up to 12 in three bedrooms, including bunk beds for the kids. The highlight is the arcade gaming system with 3,500 games and a pool table, although parents are sure to love the private master bedroom suite which has a balcony, fireplace, and a jetted tub. There are some great outdoor living spaces too, including patios and a rooftop deck.
Perfect for a large family who wants to enjoy nature, Cañon Retreat sleeps up to 14 in six bedrooms and just out the back door you can access hiking trails. Plus, Stratton Open Space with an extensive trail system for both mountain biking and hiking is only a half-mile away. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, it has a 1,200-square-foot wrap-around deck with an outdoor kitchen and grill, plus countless upscale features inside, like a master suite with an espresso bar. It comes complete with a kids’ suite that has lofted beds, a child’s lounging and TV area, books, games and an en-suite bathroom. You’ll love the creative spaces scattered throughout the house, including a wall that’s a chalkboard.
This Boulder home is perfect for families with young children, accommodating up to six in three bedrooms. The backyard is the highlight, with a lawn that doubles as a small soccer field, two playhouses, a swing, a trampoline, and a zip line. You’ll also have a deck and BBQ grill for cooking out along with a large playroom filled with toys.