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The eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is a popular base for exploring the jaw-dropping mountain scenery and also offers plenty of its own, including abundant wildlife like elk and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. A stay here provides easy access to the hiking trails and winter snowshoeing, while the town hosts a wide variety of eateries, shops, art galleries, and even an amusement park with mini-golf, go-karts, a big slide, and a bungee jump.
But where do you stay if you want to bring your four-legged friend? Your best bet is one of these fantastic cabins.
Located on 2.5 acres, you’ll enjoy privacy, seclusion, and what may be the best view of Longs Peak in the area from the Longs Peak Vista Cabin. It’s perfectly situated, seven miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and four miles from the center of the picturesque town, accommodating up to six in two bedrooms. You’ll have easy access to hiking, fishing, and horseback riding during the warmer months, and, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing in winter. Plus, wildlife abounds for unforgettable sightings. The cabin has a deck where you can watch the sun go down and then enjoy some incredible stargazing. There’s a large kitchen, a fireplace, Direct TV, and free Wi-Fi too.
This rustic one-bedroom cabin is a steal, with downtown just minutes away yet far enough to enjoy plenty of peace and quiet, while the national park will be just two miles from your door. It sleeps up to four with a queen-size bed and a queen-size futon as well as a kitchen with all the basics, including a coffeemaker and a gas grill if you want to enjoy a cookout. If you’re in the mood for a movie night, there are free DVD movie rentals. Up to two dogs are allowed for an additional fee.
This one-bedroom duplex cabin for up to four is tucked right alongside rock formations just minutes from downtown and the park. It includes complimentary snowshoe rentals for winter stays, and after a day hiking or snowshoeing along the trails, you’ll love soaking in the hot tub and cozying up to the wood-burning fireplace. There’s a cable TV with free DVDs for watching movies too. After cooking out on the gas grill or preparing a meal in the full kitchen on a pleasant day, you can dine with a view out on the large deck.
Enjoy gorgeous views inside or out from the Sunrise Ridge Cabin. It’s just a block from shopping and dining on Main Street while featuring nearly floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in. From the balcony, you can even see the famously haunted Stanley Hotel. With four bedrooms accommodating up to eight, you’ll have plenty of room for the whole family or a larger group of friends. The kitchen has top of the line appliances that make cooking and entertaining easy, and there are lots of extra perks like dog beds for your furry friends, baby gates, lots of blankets, and supplies that you’ll appreciate such as laundry detergent, seasonings, spices, and K cups.
A luxurious two-master suite and loft cabin, the “Bear’s Den,” offers accommodation for up to eight that includes a spectacular, uninterrupted view of Lake Estes and the Rocky Mountains. You’ll even be able to watch the sun come up over the water as you sip your morning coffee. After a day of activities, including horseback riding with stables nearby or hikes in the national park, you can come back and soak in the six-person Jacuzzi on the patio which also has a BBQ grill and a fireplace. Head to the deck on the second floor to watch a sunset with the alpenglow illuminating the sky and enjoy wine by the warmth of another fireplace inside.
Sleeping up to eight in three bedrooms plus a queen-size sleeper sofa, this unique all-stone home is nestled in the pines just minutes from the national park and a mile from shopping and dining downtown. You’ll have your own large hot tub, a full kitchen and gas grill, wood-burning fireplace, cable TV, and free DVDs. Complimentary snowshoes are provided if you want to hit the trails in the winter.
Enjoy views of the pine trees and mountains from the aptly named Mountain Pine Cabin. It comes with all of the popular amenities, including a private hot tub, a furnished outdoor area for dining, and a wood-burning fireplace. While many people come to enjoy hiking in the park, just two miles away, in the wintertime, guests have use of complimentary snowshoes making it possible to explore year-round. You’ll have a cable TV, access to free DVDs, a full kitchen, and up to two dogs are welcome for an additional fee.
If you’re looking for a more secluded cabin in the mountains, this one sits right along the banks of the Middle St. Vrain River nestled among the pines. It’s located south of Estes Park near the tiny hamlet of Raymond, providing a great base for exploring Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park as well as enjoying quirky Nederland. Sleeping up to six in three bedrooms, the main living area has a satellite TV, DVD player, and Sonos sound system. You’ll have a fireplace plus a wood-burning stove in the master sitting area along with a full kitchen and a grill for barbecuing next to the river too.
Constructed in the late 1940s using the logs from the Hidden Valley Ski area, this log cabin accommodates up to six in two bedrooms plus a loft. It’s located in a quiet residential community just a mile east of the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and two miles west of downtown Estes Park. It’s in a prime spot for wildlife watching with lots of elk and bighorn sheep that like to roam the property which is just steps from the river. Plus you’ll have a Smart TV and DVD player, a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a washer/dryer.
Rent one or both of the beautiful five-bedroom cabins on this property that overlooks Lake Estes. Either way, you’ll enjoy your own private hot tub, a modern kitchen with upscale appliances, an extra-spacious deck with over 900-square-feet of outdoor space, a grill for cookouts no matter what the season, a 120″ projection TV with DISH TV, and a large rock fireplace. Estes Lake Haus also boasts gorgeous Scandinavian-style wood floors.
This hilltop hideaway delivers enchanting mountain views perched above downtown while the national park is just minutes away by car. You’ll enjoy relaxing on the furnished deck with the sounds of Fall River and watching the deer and elk that frequently come to feast on the grass in the fields below. It’s within walking distance of breweries, bars, shops, and restaurants too.
Inside, the kitchen has new stainless-steel appliances and a living room with a treehouse feel thanks to the huge windows that showcase views that look out to Lumpy Ridge. There’s a wood-burning fireplace, a large Smart TV loaded with streaming apps, and fast Wi-Fi, with accommodation for up to eight in three bedrooms.
Located in the mountains between the small town of Drake and Estes Park less than four miles from downtown, Canyon Cabin is located at Field Guide Rocky Mountain Resort, a boutique property with private riverfront for catch and release fishing and communal fire pits. It sits right alongside the Big Thompson River beneath the shadow of a towering rock formation and accommodates up to two in one bedroom. You’ll have epic canyon views, a kitchen and grill, a TV, a private deck, and a hot tub.
Steps from the river right downtown, this cozy and historic cabin accommodates four with a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a futon in the living room. It will put you just steps from the shops, restaurants, and entertainment, and you’ll be able to enjoy relaxing on the front porch with a view of downtown and the mountains beyond. Plus, it has a small fenced yard with a grill and furnished space for dining.