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Cabins to Rent for Family Vacations in Colorado
Renting a cabin is by far one of our family’s favorite lodging choices when on vacation in Colorado.

The convenience, charm, and low cost make it a good choice when traveling with kids.

  












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Colorado Hotels have come a long way.



Canvas tents and drafty log buildings have been
replaced by
elegant inns
and plush accommodations.


Photo: Colorado hotels like The Little Nell in Aspen, offer vacationing families posh quarters close to blue-ribbon outdoor recreation.

 

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Colorado Vacation Home and Condominium Rental



Photo: Terrace House Condominiums 
in Snowmass at Aspen

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Photo: Cabin trips with family friends give kids
the chance to goof around while the parents make dinner.   

OK, I'll confess. I love to play house. Maybe it's all those pioneer stories I read when I was a girl. (Little House on the Prairie, anyone?) Maybe it is the privacy that a cabin offers versus a hotel room. Maybe it's just that cabins look so darn cozy.


Whatever the reasons, nothing quite beats the warm feeling when family and friends gather between stout log walls as a day of exploring in the woods draws to a close.


Fortunately, Colorado has an abundance of cabins for families on vacation to rent. Some are bare bones, and some come decked out with all kinds of amenities. 

We've put together a
list of cabins to help you plan a great family cabin trip in Colorado. 



YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park Center

Location: In a Y camp tucked beneath the Continental Divide, just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park

Setting: Ponderosa pine forests and meadows, spotted with cabins and Y-camp buildings like a crafts building, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a chapel, among other things

Cabin Size: Varies from 2-bedroom cabins sleeping up to 10 people to large 8-bedroom cabins sleeping up to 40 people

Electricity: Yes

Heat: Forced air, central heating

Water: Hot and cold running, modern plumbing in bathrooms and kitchen

Cooking Facilities: Modern kitchens with electric ranges

Sleeping Arrangements: Varies from cabin to cabin. Bedrooms with queen, double, and single beds, some with bunk beds

Season: Year round

More Information: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center Lodgings page    

Contact: 800-777-9622

Snow Mountain Ranch 

Location: In a Y-camp which lies in a high mountain valley between Winter Park on the south and the town of Ganby on the north

Setting: The cabins are in a pine forest on the edge of a wide stretch of grassy valley bottom. Views of the high Rockies abound. 

Cabin Size: Varies from 2-bedroom cabins sleeping 4 people to large 8-bedroom retreat cabins sleeping 15+ people, for groups only

Electricity: Yes

Heat: Forced air, central heating

Water: Hot and cold running, modern plumbing in bathrooms and kitchen

Cooking Facilities: Modern kitchens with electric ranges

Sleeping Arrangements: Bedrooms with queen, double, and single beds, some with bunk beds

Season: Year round

More Information: YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch Lodging page       

Contact: 800-777-9622

Colorado State Parks

Golden Gate Canyon State  Park

Location: Golden Gate Canyon State Park sits atop the foothills north and west of Denver. The Cabins are in the Reverends’ Ridge Campground near the amphitheater and campground office. 

Setting: Pine and aspen groves

Cabin Size: Accommodating a maximum of 6 people

Electricity: Yes 

Heat: Natural gas heater

Water: No running water is in the cabin. Drinking water, showers, and flush toilets are located nearby in the Reverends’ Ridge Campground during the summer months. Only flush toilets and drinking water are provided during the wintertime.  

Cooking Facilities: Outside only except in very bad weather, and then only if you bring your own camp stove designed for indoor use and open the windows for ventilation. Outside, a campfire ring is provided to each cabin as is a stand up grill for cooking. 

Sleeping Arrangements: 2 bunk beds, one twin, and one double bed, all with mattresses but no bedding. Bring your own pillows and sheets and blankets or sleeping bags. 

Season: Year round

More Information: Colorado State Parks website, especially the page for Cabins at Golden Gate Canyon    

Contact303-582-3707


Sylvan Lake State Park

Location: Sylvan Lake State Park is located south of I-70 and the town of Eagle. 

Setting: Most of the cabins are tucked into the pine forests at Sylvan Lake. The large cabin does have a lake view. 

Cabin Size: One large cabin accommodates up to 12 people and has about 2000 square feet. Eight others have about 260 square feet and sleep up to 6 people.  

Electricity: Some solar lighting, no electricity

Heat: Yes

Water: The large cabin has a bathroom with flush toilets, sink, and shower year round. The smaller cabins have no running water indoors, but drinking water is available from a hydrant nearby, as is a vault toilet. May through October, flush toilets and coin showers are available in the campground. 

Cooking Facilities: All cabins have tables and chairs plus cupboards and shelves for storage. The larger cabin has a kitchen with a gas stove, refrigerator, dishes and utensils. Cooking for the smaller cabins is outdoors on the picnic table, fire ring and grill. 

Sleeping Arrangements: Depending on the cabin, visitors will find a combination of bunk beds, a queen bed, a futon, and a cot. 

Season: Year round

More Information: Colorado State Parks website, especially the page for Cabins at Sylvan Lake  

Contact: 970-328-2021


Mueller State Park

Location: Mueller State Park is located on the west side of Pikes Peak on county road 67, between Divide and Cripple Creek. 

Setting: The cabins settle into the broken woodlands and grassy meadows filled with Mueller State Park’s abundant wildlife.  

Cabin Size: Three cabins accommodate 4, 6, and 8 people respectively. The smallest has 2 bedrooms, the medium cabin has 3 bedrooms, and the large cabin has 4 bedrooms. 

Electricity: Yes

Heat: Indoor gas fireplaces and forced air furnaces

Water: Running water with flush toilets and showers

Cooking Facilities: Fully equipped kitchens include a stove with an oven, a refrigerator with an ice maker, small appliances, dishes, cookware, and utensils. A gas grill is on the deck. 

Sleeping Arrangements: All beds have queen sized mattresses. One set of linens for each bed is provided.  

Season: Year round

More Information: Colorado State Parks website,   especially the page for Cabins at Mueller State Park  

Contact: 719-687-2366


State Forest State Park

Location: Two hours west of Fort Collins, on Colorado Highway 14, near Cameron Pass and the town of Gould. 

Setting: On the north shore of North Michigan Creek Reservoir

Cabin Size: Sleeping a maximum of 6, except the Columbine and Old Camp Pennock Lodges, which sleep 15 and 21 people, respectively. 

Electricity: No

Heat: Wood burning or propane stoves

Water: No, but drinking water is available within a hundred-foot walk in either the campground (summer) or maintenance shop (winter). Outdoor vault toilets are provided. 

Cooking Facilities: Wooden table and benches inside, picnic tables outside, and fire grills outside. 

Sleeping Arrangements: Bunk beds with mattresses - bring your own warm sleeping bags and pillows 

Season: Year round

More Information:  Colorado State Parks website,   especially the page for Cabins State Forest State Park 

Contact: 970-723-8366


Vega State Park

Location: East of Grand Junction and the tiny town of Colbran, north of Grand Mesa

Setting: Vega State Park’s five cabins are arranged in a wide semicircle and snuggled into aspen and pine forests. Walkways lead from the parking lot to each of the individual cabins. Trees surround the buildings and offer privacy. 

Cabin Size: Each cabin sleeps a maximum of 6 people. 

Electricity: Yes

Heat: Propane stove

Water: No. Drinking water and vault toilets located nearby. Campground has flush toilets and shower facilities. 

Cooking Facilities: Microwave oven and small refrigerator, storage shelves; picnic table and fire grate outside

Sleeping Arrangements: Four bunk beds, 1 futon sofa

Season: Year round

More Information: Colorado State Parks website,  especially the page for Cabins at Vega State Park 

Contact: 970-487-3407


Navajo State Park

Location: South west of Durango, along Colorado’s border with New Mexico

Setting: Built on a peninsula on the northwest shore of Navajo Reservoir, these cabins are set in open grassy areas spotted with pinyon and juniper trees. Campground buildings and facilities are in the area as well. 

Cabin Size: Sleeps 6

Electricity: Yes

Heat: Yes

Water: Yes, including indoor bathrooms with showers (not hot)

Cooking Facilities: Wooden table with 4 chairs. Fully equipped kitchen, including electric stove with oven, microwave, dishwasher, dishes, some cooking pots and utensils, and some cleaning supplies. Fire ring with a grill outside

Sleeping Arrangements: Two bedrooms; 1 set of bunk beds, one queen sized bed, and a fold out futon sofa in the living room. Bring your own sheets or sleeping bag and pillows. 

Season: Year round

More Information: Colorado State Parks website, especially the page for Cabins at Navajo State Park  

Contact: 970-883-2208

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