Published October 6, 2020 10/6/2020

Top 15 Vacation Rentals for a Fall Foliage in the Rockies

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What better way to enjoy a fall escape than surrounded by Rocky Mountain scenery and brilliant fall foliage? While the American Rockies stretch from Idaho and Montana to New Mexico, there is may be no better place to immerse yourself in majestic mountain scenery and vibrant autumn hues than the Colorado Rockies. These rentals will put you in the heart of it all, from Steamboat Springs to Telluride and beyond.

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Moose Haven Cabin @ 22 West - Walden Moose Haven Cabin @ 22 West - Walden, Colorado
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Moose Haven Cabin @ 22 West - Walden, Colorado

Moose Haven Cabin @ 22 West - Walden

One of the coolest vacation rentals in Colorado, Moose Haven offers a fantastic off-grid experience in an area known for its high concentration of moose. More of a glamping getaway, you’ll enjoy aspen and mountain views along with access to hiking and biking trails right from your door. While there is no running water, well water is provided and you’ll also have a gas grill and a fire pit with the wood included, either of which can be used for cooking. Solar power is used for lights and chargers, although you’ll have a backup with candles and a flashlight supplied. A composting bathroom is 20 feet away and there’s a shower house nearby too.

Stay High in the Trees with Exceptional Views - Steamboat Springs Stay High in the Trees with Exceptional Views
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Stay High in the Trees with Exceptional Views

Stay High in the Trees with Exceptional Views - Steamboat Springs

Accommodating up to eight guests, this “Magical Mountain Retreat,” is a post and beam home that was artist-designed and custom-built to provide 360-degree views. It includes three decks with a great room that has 22′ ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in, including the brilliant golds of autumn. There’s a cozy gas fireplace, smart TVs with Netflix, and a custom kitchen with all the essentials. The master suite has French doors leading to a covered deck along with a master bath that has a huge custom shower with two shower heads and body jets, while the second bedroom features a large jetted tub.

High Mountain Log Cabin, Fairplay High Mountain Log Cabin
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High Mountain Log Cabin

High Mountain Log Cabin, Fairplay

This traditional log cabin is nestled in the Pike National Forest, surrounded by spectacular views that include brilliant autumn foliage around late September to mid-October. It’s just steps from hiking trails, a short drive from world-class fishing and just about every outdoor adventure imaginable. It includes a wrap-around deck for relaxing with a view, a wood-burning stove, TV, satellite Internet and a full kitchen.

Rocky Mountain Treehouse, Carbondale Rocky Mountain Treehouse
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Rocky Mountain Treehouse

Rocky Mountain Treehouse, Carbondale

From this world-famous treehouse, built in 1971, you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas of some of the most impressive landscapes in the state. Located between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, it sits 25 feet off the ground on two acres with a cattle creek running through. Accommodating up to six guests, you’ll have a wood-burning stove and a large balcony that’s ideal for stargazing after dark along with a full kitchen and bathroom with a rock shower. A sleeping loft features two large skylights and another private balcony. A picnic table and campfire area are included too.

The Fortress at Pikes Peak - Cripple Creek The Fortress at Pikes Peak
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The Fortress at Pikes Peak

The Fortress at Pikes Peak - Cripple Creek

The Fortress offers a perfect place to de-stress, enjoy the colors of fall and scenic hikes, with outstanding trails just a mile away. Set high atop a hill on the western slope of Pike’s Peak, it offers some of the best views around which can be enjoyed from the back deck and the great room. Look forward to a long list of luxurious amenities as well, including a spacious walk-out patio that has a large hot tub. Just a few of the other highlights include multiple big-screen HDTVs, a small pool table, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a gas BBQ.

Rocky Bear Lodge - Leadville Rocky Bear Lodge
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Rocky Bear Lodge

Rocky Bear Lodge - Leadville

This four-bedroom home is nestled among soaring trees and the jagged peaks of 14er mountains, providing an ideal spot to be surrounded by autumn’s colors for as many as a dozen guests. You’ll have easy access to a wealth of hiking trails nearby, beautiful Turquoise Lake and all the fun in historic Leadville. Spread over 2,600 square feet, it comes with lots of high-end amenities, including a fireplace, two large flat-screen Smart 4K TVs with Blu-ray/DVD players and a collection of movies, plus a third HDTV with video game consoles. Outside you’ll have Adirondack chairs and spectacular views overlooking 2.3 private acres along with Mount Massive and Mount Elbert. There’s a covered front porch, gas grill and a space for alfresco dining too.

Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish from the Porch - Basalt Heart of the Frying Pan River Fish from the porch  Basalt, Colorado
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Heart of the Frying Pan River Fish from the porch Basalt, Colorado

Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish from the Porch - Basalt

Located less than 30 minutes from Aspen, the Fisherman’s Cabin offers a perfect spot to enjoy fall fly fishing for brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, located right on the Frying Pan River. Autumn months bring beautiful mountain views of the autumn colors and big fish too. You’ll have a front porch for sipping your morning coffee while gazing out at the river, a full kitchen, TV and a bedroom with a queen-sized bed as well as a pull-out couch. It accommodates up to two, ideal for a couple or solo traveler.

Cozy Home on 5 Acres - Clark Cozy Home on 5 Acres, Clark, Colorado
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Cozy Home on 5 Acres, Clark, Colorado

Cozy Home on 5 Acres - Clark

Located 22 miles north of Steamboat Springs, this two-bedroom home for up to six guests offers lots of privacy and breathtaking views, set on five acres. It has a wrap-around deck for relaxing among the spectacular setting, a BBQ for grilling out and even a porch fireplace. You’ll have stunning views from every room in the house, a full kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals, a washer/dryer, TV, Wi-Fi and high quality down comforters are on every bed.

Historic Gamekeeper's Carriage House - Redstone Historic Gamekeeper's Carriage House, Redstone, Colorado
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Historic Gamekeeper's Carriage House, Redstone, Colorado

Historic Gamekeeper's Carriage House - Redstone

Located west of Aspen, about 30 miles south of Glenwood Springs in Redstone, the Historic Gamekeeper’s Carriage House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once part of the Osgood Estate, also known as Redstone Castle. It sits on five acres of forested grounds bordering public lands, ensuring plenty of privacy, while the Crystal River is just steps away. It sleeps up to four and includes a woodstove, well-stocked kitchen, and a private hot tub. Guests can also enjoy a horseshoe area and access to an interesting hiking trail that starts right at the property.

Aspen Ridge 24 - Telluride Aspen Ridge 24, Telluride, Colorado
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Aspen Ridge 24, Telluride, Colorado

Aspen Ridge 24 - Telluride

Telluride is surrounded by gorgeous fall colors during the season, and Aspen Ridge will put you right in the heart of it, located in the Mountain Village Core steps from shopping, dining and more. The 3-bedroom townhome is popular in the winter offering ski-in/ski-out accommodation, but with the slopes just outside your door, you’ll have easy access to scenic hikes too. It includes a fully stocked kitchen and a private deck with a gas BBQ grill, a fireplace, Wi-Fi and TV. You can also relax in the spa room with a private indoor hot tub and dry sauna.

Rosetta Cabin - Crystal Rosetta Cabin, Crystal, Colorado
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Rosetta Cabin, Crystal, Colorado

Rosetta Cabin - Crystal

Located five miles from Marble near Maroon Peak, the Rosetta Cabin is a historic 19th-century mining cabin on Crystal Mountain Ranch, just a five-minute walk from the famous Crystal Mill that sits along Crystal River. You’ll be able to take advantage of fantastic trout fishing on the river and hikes into the backcountry. The cabin itself has a fire pit for roasting marshmallows while enjoying the incredible dark starry skies and sleeps up to six comfortably. It includes a wood stove and a basic kitchen with a gas stove for cooking, a refrigerator, and cold running water. There is access to a shared bathhouse with a hot shower and flushing toilet along with an outhouse.

Heaven House - Redstone Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish from the Porch
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Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish from the Porch

Heaven House - Redstone

The two-bedroom “Heaven House” is a modern mountain retreat in Redstone providing boutique hotel-style amenities. You’ll have spectacular views of the Redstone Mountains and Mount Sopris from 10′ kitchen windows and a private deck, as well as a small yoga studio with a sauna, and a tranquil space for yoga or massage.

A-Frame Cabin on the Blue River - Silverthorne A-Frame Cabin on the Blue River
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A-Frame Cabin on the Blue River

A-Frame Cabin on the Blue River - Silverthorne

This two-bedroom cabin for up to four sits right along the Blue River, nestled in the trees providing lots of privacy while being just minutes from Silverthorne’s popular shopping outlets and restaurants. It includes a wood-burning fireplace and a flat-screen TV in the living area, a full kitchen, dining table and bar as well as a washer/dryer. You’ll have fabulous outdoor living spaces too, with a furnished deck and gas grill facing the river, as well as a picnic table that sits alongside the river.

Cozy, Rustic Cabin on Wooded 8 Acres - Aspen Stone Fireplace at Cozy Rustic Cabin, Aspen, Colorado
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Stone Fireplace at Cozy Rustic Cabin, Aspen, Colorado

Cozy, Rustic Cabin on Wooded 8 Acres - Aspen

Just 15 minutes from downtown Aspen, this incredibly unique Airbnb is a log cabin fort, complete with a towering gate in the driveway and turrets off the main house. It accommodates up to 10 with multiple separate living quarters and a long list of amenities. The main house has a large wood-burning fireplace, a 46″ flat-screen TV, a bathroom with a clawfoot tub, washer/dryer and a full kitchen.

Rustic Riverfront Cabin #2 - Ouray Rustic Riverfront Cabin, Ouray
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Rustic Riverfront Cabin, Ouray

Rustic Riverfront Cabin #2 - Ouray

You’ll have a front row seat for enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Ouray, including autumn foliage and the Uncompahgre River while being just a third of a mile from the popular hot springs pool. A budget-friendly option, the one-bedroom cabin for four includes electricity but there is no running water or bathroom inside. You will have access to drinking water as well as nearby heated restrooms and showers. A mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and electric fireplace are included while the small front porch is ideal for relaxing with a view and sounds of the river.

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