Want to get away from it all and enjoy breathtaking mountain views and world-class outdoor activities right outside your door? Whether you want a secluded intimate rustic retreat on the banks of a river, or a free-wheeling cabin-style roadside motel just minutes from a bustling downtown, these cabins and cottages near Denver are your ticket to sweet summertime fun and freedom! You can soak in a hot tub, go bouldering in a canyon, fly fish along the river, tell tales around the campfire, and more at these phenomenal mountain getaways. (And check out our previous piece on
glampgrounds for even more rustic charm!)
1. Bear Creek Cabins
Just 25 miles west of Denver, Bear Creek Cabins near Evergreen has been a vacation destination since 1947. Stay in one of their recently renovated log cabins with modern kitchens and baths and a wood burning fireplace.
Lounge on the lovely porches and picnic area with BBQ grills just feet from the creek or try your hand at fly fishing the four-season stream for browns and rainbows.
2. Colorado Cottages
Tucked away between Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are 12 charming cottages in a courtyard setting, with a shaded picnic deck, outdoor hot tub, wood-burning fireplaces, and more.
Enjoy the Rockies and quite possibly local wildlife right outside your doorstep!
These cozy mountain cottages also come with plenty of amenities (like cable and Wi-Fi)...but with so many fabulous outdoor activities at your disposal, who needs 'em! (And can't you just see yourself roasting s'mores around this fire!?!?)
3. The Timber Lodge
Nestled on the west side of Colorado Springs, the Timber Lodge offers 24 single and duplex cabins on four charming acres bordering Fountain Creek.
The lodge is just minutes from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Open Spaces, Manitou, and Old Colorado City, with a plethora of restaurants, shops, and other attractions.
But with amenities like the pool, playground, BBQs, picnic areas, and a pavilion, you may not ever leave the grounds!
4. Cliff House Lodge
Want to get away (from the kids) this weekend? This lovely little adult-only bed and breakfast in Morrison can give you just that, and it's just minutes from Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, as well as the Bandimere Speedway.
They've got eight themed rooms and cottages, including a Camelot-inspired cottage and a rustic hunting-themed cottage.
Enjoy flatscreen TVs, in-room whirlpool hot tubs, private outdoor hot tubs, and more! And, remember, guests must be 21 or older so CHEERS to the good life!
5. Colorado Chautauqua Association
The Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark has been providing shelter for weary travelers and nature lovers since 1898.
Guests once slept on the floors of canvas tents, which were later upgraded to cabins, and now the property has 58 cottages available with dining and culturally enriching programs on-site. (Note: In order to allow guests to properly unplug and reconnect, rooms do not come with televisions or phones. Hello, sweet freedom!)
There are 40 miles of open space hiking and biking trails just outside your doorstep (as well as an abundance of other outdoor activities), and Boulder is just a short walk or drive if you need to get your city fix.
6. The Cabins at Country Road
If you're looking for a tranquil, intimate retreat, try these adorable cabins on the banks of Bear Creek in Evergreen.
You can engage in any of the limitless outdoor activities available around Evergreen's open spaces or simply lounge in the comfort and calm of this secluded oasis on the creek.
Enjoy a long soak in the hot tub, detox in the dry heat sauna, or relax creekside with a book and a beverage. You can even get breakfast delivered from the quaint Country Road Cafe, as a special service for guests only. Yes, please!
7. Deer Creek Cabin
If true serenity and solitude is what you're after, this charming, secluded stand-alone log cabin near Bailey will satisfy your needs.
This lovely mountain getaway, located in Deer Creek Valley just 45 minutes southwest of Denver, comes with a wood-burning fireplace, outdoor hot tub, gas grill, and all the peace and quiet you crave.
Want to know the best part? There's no one else around, so what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin!
8. Foot of the Mountain Motel
"The Foot of the Mountain Motel isn’t just a place, it’s a free spirited feeling of adventure and a small glimpse into the historic American West."
This fabulous establishment is keeping the dream of the iconic roadside motel alive with its cabin-style lodging just minutes from downtown Boulder.
And if the beauty of the great outdoors is what you're after, nature's playground is at your fingertips. There's world-class hiking, biking, climbing, and more!
9. Rustic River Cabins
The secluded Rustic River Cabins built in the 1940s are nestled along the Thompson River and are just miles away from Estes Park and RMNP.
They offer seven pet-friendly cabins that can sleep 2-8 people, have flatscreen TVs, satellites, Wi-Fi, well-stocked kitchens, and sparkling clean bathrooms.
But with 16 acres along the Big Thompson River and some of the best trout fishing in Colorado, it'd be a shame not to take advantage! "Come for the mountains…stay for the hospitality."
Have you stayed at any of these fantastic rustic retreats? Are any of your favorite mountain cabins and cottages near Denver missing from our list? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments!