Real Simple: The Perfect Rocky Mountain Glamping Itinerary

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We partnered with Real Simple magazine to help you find your ideal sophisticated Rocky Mountain adventure. If you picture truly getting away from it all and getting a dose of nature, the image isn’t always easy-going. Traditional camping is rewarding but taxing (pitching a tent in the rain?!), and at times it can be alluring to think about roughing it while still coming back to some semblance of comfortable digs at the end of the day.

Enter: glamping, where you can surround yourself with nature and have all your needs tended to as well. Colorado is chock full of top-notch glamping destinations, so we’ve curated some of the best ones with an itinerary that weaves through the Rocky Mountains and helps you experience the state’s natural beauty and unparalleled hospitality, all in one package.

Day
1
Breakfast
Snooze: an A.M Eatery

Rise and shine in Denver with a bountiful brunch at Snooze: an A.M Eatery from its enormous menu that spans much of the breakfast spectrum, from pineapple upside-down pancakes and breakfast pot pie to spring vegetable frittatas.

Activity
Jaunt Over to Larimer Square

Peruse Denver’s oldest block (essentially where the city was founded), while shopping and sipping on local coffee.

Insider's Tip
Mercantile's Menu

You won’t be disappointed by the Heirloom Tomato Salad, made with Colorado very own Palisade Peaches.

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Lunch
Mercantile dining & provision

Offering Chef Alex Seidel's signature take on elevated comfort food, the restaurant follows in the footsteps of the award-winning Fruition…

Activity
Golden Gate Canyon State Park

All that fuel should give you the energy to tackle the trails of Golden Gate Canyon State Park, where lush alpine woods provide ample opportunity to experience what’s known in Japan as “shinrin yoku,” or forest immersion. After completing a hike (there are over 36 miles of trails, so you have some options).

Insider's Tip
Head North

Head up to Greeley to chow down on tender ribeye at Greeley Chophouse and sample a local beer at WeldWerks Brewing Co. to wind down the day.

Dinner
Greeley Chophouse

The Greeley Chophouse offers an exceptional menu with a vibrant, downtown atmosphere. Come enjoy an atmosphere that captures the style of the…

Activity
WeldWerks Brewing Company

WeldWerks Brewing Company is an award-winning, locally owned and operated craft brewery in historic downtown Greeley. We execute our unique and…

Insider's Tip
Head to Estes Park

Make the 1.5-hour drive to Estes Park for your lodgings.

Lodging
The Evergreens on Fall River

Lodging at The Evergreens on Fall River places you in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, only 3 minutes away from the Rocky Mountain National Park…

Day
2
Breakfast
Claire's On the Park

Feast on one of their legendary breakfasts (green chili huevos rancheros, anyone?) while taking in the views from their scenic patio. Claire's is…

Activity
Stitchin' Den
Stop by The Stitchin’ Den for a class in crocheting, quilting or knitting and get in some cozy, quiet time.
Lunch
Scratch Deli and Bakery

Once you’ve completed your fabric masterpiece, build a sandwich masterpiece at Scratch Deli and Bakery — but don’t eat it yet! You’re saving it for a picnic atop nearby Prospect Mountain.

Activity
Green Jeep Tours

 Our experienced tour guides, not only have great knowledge and abilities, they also are entertaining and friendly. Perfect for families that want…

Dinner
Bird & Jim
At Bird and Jim, we are defining Colorado cuisine with our ever-evolving seasonal and ingredient-driven menus sourced from the Front Range of…
Activity
Take Trail Ridge Road Through the Park

Go through the park and make your way to your next stop: the town of Wolcott, where the glamping wonderland of Collective Retreats Vail is ready to ply you with a farm-to-table dinner of chicken roulade and tartare, s’mores over an open fire.

Lodging
Collective Retreats Vail

This spot has some of the most luxurious tents this side of the Mississippi — think king-size beds and chandeliers, as well as bath amenities.

Day
3
Breakfast
Breakfast in Camp

On day three, the folks at Collective Retreats Vail come through AGAIN with a delicious à la carte breakfast, including options ranging from homemade granola parfaits to breakfast burritos.

Activity
Camp Activities & Lunch

Collective Retreats will organize a horseback ride through the surrounding countryside (for both beginners and experienced riders), where you’ll see breathtaking views of the Sawatch Range. Return to camp for a picnic lunch with your choice of sandwich or salad preparations of delicious lamb BLT, flank steak and more. Finally, squeeze the last drop out of your stay by treating yourself to an in-tent Swedish or deep-tissue massage.

Dinner
8 Mile Bar & Grill

Grab a burger on the patio and lounge by the fire pit at 8 Mile Bar & Grill and sip on a wide selection of Colorado crafted beers on tap as you soak in the stunning mountain scenery.

Insider's Tip
On to the Next

Once you’ve checked out of Collective Retreats as a more relaxed and limber version of yourself, cruise on down to Cañon City to check in at your final lodging paradise, Royal Gorge Cabins.

Activity
Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is a must-see for anyone visiting Cañon City. Touted as one of America's most scenic drives, its steep, cliff-side climb makes you…

Lodging
Royal Gorge Cabins

Royal Gorge Cabins offers 9 luxury cabin rentals in 1- and 2-bedroom sizes, as well as glamping tent rentals. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs…

Day
4
Breakfast
16th Street Cafe
A quiet comfortable cafe with an amazing array of specialty drinks, breakfast and lunch items.
Activity
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

And hey, you’re on vacation, so why not attend a wine tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey before your return trip? After all, you were kinda roughing it on this vacation. But only kinda.