Cabins are all about relaxing, reconnecting with nature, and revitalizing the soul. A cozy stay in a rustic dwelling, tucked away in Idaho’s snowy outskirts, is one of the best ways to do just that. From the quaint and romantic, to the grand getaway, to the unique vacation spot, these extraordinary cabins and rentals around the state will keep you coming back time and again to enjoy their rustic appeal, homey atmosphere, and incredible views of Idaho’s great outdoors.
1. Moses Family Cabin, Island Park
Harriman State Park is just a short trek away from this spacious, family-owned lakeside cabin.
2. Bear Cabin, McCall
Minutes from downtown McCall, yet secluded in the trees, this two-story log home boasts a rec room, hot tub, and an expansive window wall that makes for dreamy sunrise views.
3. Surveyors Ridge Lookout, Shoshone County
This historic beauty is part cabin, part treehouse, part lighthouse. In the early 20th Century, the USFS used a network of guard stations to monitor surrounding forests for thieves, squatters, and forest fire outbreaks. While most of these lookouts are long gone, many still remain in Idaho as winter rentals for daring and rugged outdoors enthusiasts looking for a unique location to rough Idaho's wilderness. Surveyors is perched at over 6,000 feet, with 360-degree views overlooking Snow Peak and the mountainous Idaho panhandle.
4. Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Stanley
Reviewers call this 900-acre ranch in the Sawtooths "heaven on earth." Owners can only describe it as a breathtaking and relaxing retreat that mingles the Old West with the utmost in solitude. Located just off of the Salmon River, and surrounded by protected wilderness, this ranch experience is far from roughing it.
5. Boiling Springs Cabin, Crouch
Recently renovated and located in a wide meadow that sits nestled against a forest canopy, Boiling Springs is most known for its natural hot spring creek, which comes out at a scalding 185-degrees before cooling. The cabin is also just a short distance from the middle fork of the Payette River for added recreation.
6. Teton Springs Cabins, Victor
Teton Springs' cabins are hardly the small, cozy ones adventurers envision dotting Idaho's wilderness. Rather, Victor's log cabins are luxury vacation suites with all the amenities and skiing access one could want. The sprawling views of the Grand Tetons only add to the majestic setting and make for an ideal home away from home.
7. Grandma's Cabin, Island Park
Over the hills and through the woods, Grandma's Cabin lies inside the Idaho border, just a short drive from Yellowstone. Quaint, old-school, and full of family memories, this cabin is the perfect all-seasons throwback destination.
8. Galena Lodge Yurts, Ketchum
For the adventurous at heart, Idaho's yurts are modern adaptations of the tent-like nomadic shelters of yore. Since Galena Summit has some of Idaho's best skiing and panoramic views, these semi-backcountry retreats in the outskirts of Sun Valley boast an ideal setting that is hard to beat, but only if you're brave enough to face the elements as nature intended.
9. Mores Creek Cabins, Idaho City
These accessible, yurt-sized wilderness cabins offer a historic take on the storybook Hansel and Gretel experience with wood fireplaces, ringed exteriors, and all-seasons wildlife. Gold panning and hot spring locations abound nearby, and tipis and wall tents are also available to get even closer to Mother Nature.
Idaho has an abundance of picturesque mountain cabins and retreats throughout the state — these are only a snapshot of vacationers’ top-rated. Do you have any favorite all-season cozy cabins or winter-specific hideaways?