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Psst… 12 Best “Glamping” Vacations in Colorado

Best "Glamping" Vacations in Colorado | The Denver Ear

The idea of camping only partially appeals to me. I love the idea of sitting near a fire, listening to music, watching my kids run around and play while enjoying the majestic nature views that Colorado has to offer.

There is though one part of this whole experience that puts me off – the sleeping arrangements. Sleeping in a tent with creepy crawlies, insects, spiders and snakes around me simply does not add up to my beautiful camping idea.

Introducing “Glamping”. In other words, Glamor Camping. Glamor camping is a way to enjoy it all and then retire to a cozy bed in a cabin at the end of the day. Want to try “Glamping” this summer in Colorado? Then here is a list of the 12 best “Glamping” vacations in Colorado to get you started.

 12 BEST “GLAMPING” VACATIONS IN COLORADO

#1 COLORADO CABIN ADVENTURES AT GRAND LAKE
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Colorado Cabin Adventures at Grand Lake features classic mountain lodging set against the breathtaking backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park. Awake to stunning lake, river, and forest views and enjoy a true “Glamping” experience. Colorado Cabin Adventures recently completed a two-year renovation of its cabins and grounds and is under new management.

Located on five beautiful acres along the North Fork of the Colorado River just three miles south of the historic town of Grand Lake, their rustic log cabins and Bunkhouse are available year round. Hundreds of acres of Colorado State Park property adjoins their property to the south, providing marvelous habitat for all wildlife including moose, elk, fox, coyote, chipmunks and waterfowl often seen from or around the property.

Colorado Cabin Adventures is located at 12082 US-34, Grand Lake, CO 80447.

#2 CREEKSIDE CHALETS & CABINS IN SALIDA

Creekside Chalets & Cabins offers one, two and three bedroom cabins located at 8200′ near the Continental Divide. Each of their cabins sleep between 6 to 10 people and feature a full kitchen, open living room with vaulted ceilings, Internet, gas fireplace & a private hot tub.

Nestled among picturesque peaks and only minutes away from Monarch Mountain, these cabins offer adventure as well as Colorado tranquility.

Creekside Chalets & Cabins is located at 16724 West US Hwy 50, Salida, CO 81201.

#3 EVERGREENS ON FALL RIVER AT ESTES PARK
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Evergreens on Fall River Cabins are a collection of log cabins that are 1.6 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and 3.2 miles from Estes Park. Set on the banks of the Fall River, these cabins offer visitors a serene and secluded getaway from day-to-day life.  Enjoy the beautiful ambiance of their cabins overlooking the river. Choose from one and two-bedroom cabins with an optional jetted tub for two.

Evergreens on Fall River is located at 1500 Fish Hatchery Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517.

#4 GRAND LAKE LODGE
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Grand Lake Lodge is a classic Colorado summer mountain lodge that offers a variety of rustic cabins located in the pines beyond the Main Lodge, with many fantastic views. Surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park and perched on a hillside above Grand Lake Village, Grand Lake, and Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

The Lodge offers 70 cabins for rent complete with in-room WiFi, cable/satellite TV, a coffeemaker, a refrigerator, a microwave, a hair dryer and a microwave. They also offer a resort hot tub, housekeeping service, laundry facilities, a picnic area, playground, an outdoor pool and a restaurant area.

Grand Lake Lodge is located at 15500 US-34, Grand Lake, CO 80447.

#5 MOUNT ELBERT LODGE & CABINS AT  TWIN LAKES

Mount Elbert Lodge & Cabins offers lodging at the base of Colorado’s highest peak. Situated at the base of the Black Cloud Trail, the shortest route up Mount Elbert, the lodge is a perfect place to explore this beautiful part of Colorado. Mount Elbert Lodge & Cabins has nine spacious log cabins and will allow you to explore Twin Lakes in Leadville, Colorado. Twin Lakes is criss-crossed with trails that will take you along mountain streams, into the abandoned mining district or up some of Colorado’s highest peaks, Mt. Elbert, Mt. Massive, La Plata and others.

Mount Elbert Lodge & Cabins is located at 10764 CO-82, Twin Lakes, CO 81251.

#6 OURAY RIVERSIDE INN & CABINS

Ouray Riverside Inn & Cabins is a pet friendly Inn located just north of the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, along the Uncompahgre Riverwalk. Choose from two deluxe cabins, fully furnished with kitchens and baths or from their nine cozy camp cabins with heat, electricity, grills, picnic tables and shared a bathhouse. They also offer two outdoor hot tubs, guest laundry, WIFI, gas/car wash, a convenience store and on-site Jeep rentals.

Ouray Riverside Inn & Cabins is located at 1804 US-550, Ouray, CO 81427.

#7 PIKES PEAK RESORT AT WOODLAND PARK
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Pikes Peak Resort features four Log Cabins on 160 Acre Mountain Ranch, surrounded by the Pike National Forest. Pikes Peak Resort is locally owned by Gary Bieske, a long-time resident of the Woodland Park area. Each of the Pikes Peak Resort Cabins are located in a remote and secluded location and offer peaceful surroundings and majestic mountain views. Local attractions include fishing on the stream (which does not require a fishing license), mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, white river rafting and more.

Pikes Peak Resort is located at 9 Co Rd 78, Woodland Park, CO 80863.

#8 ROCKY MOUNTAIN LODGE & CABINS AT CASCADE

Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins is located in Cascade, Colorado. Cascade is nestled in the Rocky Mountains at the entrance to Pikes Peak, one of Colorado’s majestic 14,000+ foot mountains. The Lodge was built-in 1936 on 2 1/2 acres with beautiful mountain views, graced by over three hundred Spruce and Ponderosa Pine trees and surrounded by a grove of scrub oak and lilac bushes.

The Colorado log Cabin, built-in 1909, and the stone Cottage, built-in 1938, are on their own private 1/2 acre property with mountain views within walking distance of the Lodge. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, golfing, fishing, and much more. 

Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins is located at 4680 Hagerman Rd, Cascade-Chipita Park, CO 80809.

#9 SOLITUDE CABINS AT ESTES PARK
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Solitude Cabins, located in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, inhabits nine acres with over 300 trees and a total of 45 cabins. There are 36 cabins in Solitude’s rental program. Each mountain cabin is a privately owned vacation home. Owners use their cabins as a vacation getaway and then welcome you into their homes when they are not there. Amenities include an on-site hot tub.

Make a reservation to use it privately and enjoy the serenity of looking at the stars in the clear Colorado sky while you have a relaxing soak. Directly across the street is the Estes Valley Hike and Bike Trail that leads north to Lake Estes. View elk in the early evenings and enjoy activities such as hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, horseback riding, rafting, bicycling and more nearby.

Solitude Cabins is located at 1885 Sketch Box Ln #7, Estes Park, CO 80517.

#10 SUNDANCE BEAR LODGE AT MANCOS
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Sundance Bear Lodge is a family-run Bed & Breakfast cabin resort located in Mancos, Colorado. Sundance Bear Lodge features three rooms on 75+ acres of mesa top with a view of Mesa Verde and the La Plata mountains. Situated directly outside Mesa Verde National Park’s entrance, your stay offers experiences such as the opportunity to witness Cliff dwellings built-in the 1200s that are unique and a fascinating look into history at Mesa Verde National Park, as well as the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

Sundance Bear Lodge is located at 11555 Rd 39, Mancos, CO 81328.

#11 THE OUTLOOK LODGE AT GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS
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The Outlook Lodge is situated in Green Mountain Falls which is northwest of Colorado Springs at an elevation of 7800 feet. The village rests along the historic Ute Pass, while Pike’s Peak, the area’s most recognizable attraction, rises in the distance. Originally constructed in 1889 as a rectory to the nearby Church of the Wildwoods, the Lodge has been re-imagined as a private, bespoke escape.

Set quietly amongst the trees, the Lodge offers a wrap-around porch outfitted with rocking chairs to while away the time, as well as a large outdoor fire pit. The Outlook Lodge maintains a ‘hands-off’ approach, providing the intimacy of a truly private retreat.

The Outlook Lodge is located at 6975 Howard St, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819.

#12 WEECASA – TINY HOMES IN LYONS
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WeeCasa is a tiny home hotel in Lyons, Colorado. WeeCasa is an expression of possibility you can enjoy in a beautiful setting and provides respite from the urban sprawl. This side of the Great Divide, Lyons is the only gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Area recreation includes mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, climbing and whitewater kayaking. Lyons is bordered by Hall Ranch Open Space and Heil Valley Ranch Open Space.

Hall Ranch provides over 12 miles of multi-use trails and consists of 3,206 acres of back country. Heil Valley Ranch consists of 4,923 acres of back country. Trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. WeeCasa is located at 501 W Main St, Lyons, CO 80540.

Psst… Looking for more unique ways to vacation this summer in Colorado? Check out our list of the ‘10 Most Unique Places to Lodge in Colorado this Year‘!

 

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