Colorado Cabins for Winter

In Colorado, a cabin stay is more than just a place to rest your head, it’s an experience

By: Staff Writer
Updated: March 23, 2024

With convenient access to snowy outdoor activities, gorgeous views and cozy privacy, a cabin vacation is for anyone seeking a wintery getaway. Enjoy the everyday comforts you seek, along with elevated perks curated by one-of-a-kind Western hospitality.

Under powdery snowfall, curl up in the heat of a private hot tub or warm your soul with a hearty meal prepared by your hosts on site. Explore the property in a horse-drawn sleigh ride or hit a strike at your property’s own bowling lanes. Your mountain-cabin experience can be as rustic or high end as you want it to be, so find your home away from home in one of these snow-blanketed stays.

1. Royal Gorge Cabins

Cañon City
Bliss out on Colorado scenery at these cabins, where floor-to-ceiling windows make sure the snow-blanketed mountains are the backdrop for every activity — whether you’re sipping wine by the crackling fireplace or making a cup of tea in your favorite cozy pajamas. You might not ever want to leave these cabins, but when you do, you’re in for a treat of activities. The Royal Gorge is host to amazing snowshoeing opportunities, as well as plenty of sweet biking trails that can be accessed by fat-tire bikes in the winter snow. (Fat bikes will keep you rolling over the snow.) For an extra dose of magic, take a spin on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, which offers special dinner trains, murder-mystery events and holiday rides.

2. Peak-to-Peak Ranch House

Set a mile from its parent property, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, you’ll find all the perks of a resort with the privacy of a cabin at the rustic Peak-to-Peak Ranch House. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to award-winning Nordic trails in the serene wilderness, as well as a private deck with astounding views of snow-blanketed peaks. Ranch amenities include a hot tub, yoga classes, nightly fireside s’mores and a game room with a bowling alley.

3. Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Steamboat Springs
Vista Verde Guest Ranch’s doting staff, “ranchy yet fancy" cuisine and customized excursions will forever change your views of cabin living. Situated in the Routt National Forest, Vista Verde’s three- to seven-night, all-inclusive vacations include lodging, grub (beer and wine, too!) and activities such as sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, wine tasting and cooking classes. Make the 45-minute trek to Steamboat Springs for a soak in their natural hot springs or stay behind for a relaxing day watching snow fall from your private outdoor hot tub.

4. Cuchara Cabins and Condo Rentals

If you’re traveling in a pack, Cuchara Cabins and Condo Rentals are ideal for families and large groups. Select vacation cabins suitable for two to 12 travelers are available during winter months. The Morgan Cabin, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom escape, features a wraparound deck and two fireplaces. Take a scenic drive around the Cuchara River Valley for views of the snow-capped Spanish Peaks, or pass the time in downtown Cuchara, which offers a peek at what a typical Colorado mountain town looked like in the 1900s.

5. Cabins at Country Road

After polishing off your complimentary breakfast of signature “smashed masheds,” benedicts or biscuit-and-gravy combos at the cabins’ on-site Country Road Café, you’ll be ready to explore all the diversity our state prides itself on. Explore one-of-a-kind shops in the historical downtown district or skate on 8.5 acres of pristine ice at The Rink at Evergreen Lake — the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink in the world. No matter what agenda you select, one of Cabins at Country Roads’ cozy and immaculately decorated abodes awaits your return. The Bootleggers Barn, one of four cabins, has a shower that backs to a wall of whiskey barrels, a private outdoor hot tub and courtyard, lead-pane stained-glass windows and an open bedroom loft with a feather bed.

6. River Spruce Cottages

Estes Park
Warm, fresh-baked breakfast treats like muffins or bread are delivered to guests every morning at River Spruce Cottages. These one- or two-bedroom cabins, located on the Big Thompson River, are just 10 minutes away from the attractions of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The Tom Tom, Windwalker and Dreamcatcher cabins are readily equipped with  fireplaces, hot tubs and free Wi-Fi, while the rustic-looking wood furniture and wildlife decor will help you connect with your inner mountain dweller.

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