Satisfy Wanderlust with Authentic Experiences at Unique Colorado Vacation Rentals


Denver, Colo. (June 2, 2021)As post-pandemic travel rebounds across the U.S. thanks to loosened restrictions and increased vaccination rates, many travelers are searching for authentic experiences to fulfill the wanderlust that’s been building since last spring. A run-of-the-mill getaway doesn’t make the cut for these folks.



Fortunately for them, Colorado has plenty of one-of-a-kind vacation rentals to satisfy their cravings for respite, adventure and good, old-fashioned fun. Reconnecting is important as people seek to regain a sense of normalcy, whether it’s with nature, friends and family, or even themselves. Colorful Colorado welcomes solo travelers, couples, extended families and groups of friends as they hit the roads, rails or airways this summer. 



Colorado visitors are encouraged to Care for Colorado and embrace the state’s new interpretation of responsible tourism — showing care not only for destinations but for visitors and the people who call Colorado home. For more unique Colorado lodging inspiration visit the blog, Sleep Somewhere Cool.



Soak the Night Away at These Private Hot Springs:


  • The Merrifield Homestead Cabins & Hot Springs combine the tranquility of nature and rustic handcrafted luxury. These cabins, each with its private hot springs pool, are tucked away in the beautiful Collegiate Peaks Mountain Range near Buena Vista.
  • Situated in the San Isabel National Forest, Antero Hot Springs features two cabins and a chalet, each with a hand-shaped, private pool fed by an onsite spring that’s rich in minerals but low in sulfur. Natural wetlands and a rushing creek surround the property.
  • Dunton Hot Springs is a restored ghost town in the San Juan Mountains with luxurious amenities, a spa, yoga, saloon dining and year-round outdoor recreation. There are five ways to soak: pools inside and outside the 19th century bathhouse, under the stars at the source, in the pool behind the Dunton Store cabin and inside the Well House cabin.
  • Located at the base of Mt. Princeton and Mt. Antero, adjacent to the Colorado Trail, the Treehouse Hot Springs features relaxing private hot springs pools and plentiful gathering spaces near Buena Vista. Its five bedrooms offer 360° treetop views of Chalk Creek Valley.



Get a New Perspective In and Above the Treetops:


  • To get to the 1970s-era Rocky Mountain Treehouse in Carbondale, guests cross a creek via footbridges and then ascend a winding rock staircase. Perched 25 feet up in a canopy of spruce trees, it’s outfitted with a wood-burning stove, rock shower, a private balcony for stargazing and a hot tub. 
  • Formerly used to detect fires, the Jersey Jim Fire Lookout Tower rises from an aspen-lined meadow in the San Juan National Forest in Mancos at almost 10,000 feet above sea level. The cabin includes the original furniture, with propane heating and lighting.
  • The TreeHouse Suite at Highland Haven Creekside Inn is a multi-level hideaway complete with a Tesla charging station. The main floor features a king bed, custom iron and stone fireplace, and a two-person steam shower. Upstairs, the spa room features a hot tub and spectacular views into towering blue spruce trees.
  • Rancho Bandito in Westcliffe is in Colorado’s first International Dark Sky Designated Community and the highest in the world. This solar- and wind-powered Airbnb rental features a meditation room, a European-style labyrinth and a telescope to enjoy the stars.


Welcome to the Wild, Wild West:


  • Nestled in the Crystal River Valley in Marble, the Spirit Horse Lodge offers a wilderness escape amidst aspen groves and breathtaking mountain views. The spacious teepee is the perfect place to have a cozy campfire, as it has plenty of seating and Native American decor surrounding a fire pit.
  • Joyful Journey Hot Springs offers peaceful soaking in the rejuvenating waters of the hot springs. Guests retreat for the evening in native tipis furnished with cots, sleeping mats, and beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Moffat.
  • Located near Mesa Verde National Park, the Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch is a historic guest ranch once owned by a legendary cowboy Elden Zwicker. The cabins provide a peaceful place to rest while exploring thousands of years of ancient ruins and learning about the history, archaeology and the beauty of southwestern Colorado.
  • The secluded Red Feather Lakes area, just an hour’s drive northwest of Fort Collins is home to a cozy, fully restored circa-1871 cabin that was the first permanent home in the area. Located on a 600+ acre ranch, the cabin has been restored and offers comfy beds, a cozy fireplace, a stone and steel shower and a back patio that overlooks your own private lake.
  • The Governor’s Mansion in Leadville gives families the chance to “vacation like a governor” in former Governor Jesse McDonald’s historic mansion. Vacationers can rent out the entire home (six bedrooms) or one of the three units, and located just half a block off of Leadville’s main street, guests have prime access to the town’s restaurants, shops and museums.
  • Covered wagons and train cabooses at Strawberry Park Hot Springs seem right at home in Steamboat Springs, where cowboys still ride into town. Located a scenic 25-minute drive from downtown in a rustic mountain setting, wagons and the caboose are steps away from therapeutic, thermal pools. Cabins and tent sites are also available.


Spur the Imagination with Interesting Architecture:


  • The circular front door at the Gnome Home opens into a spacious kitchen and living area with round windows and burled wood accents. This tiny home at WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyons features a queen-size bed in a loft, a fold-out sleeper sofa and kitchen on the main level and an electric fireplace.
  • The Glass House is a new, modern luxury home with a high-end custom kitchen, three en suite bedrooms, big indoor and outdoor gathering places and a hot tub under the stars. Views of the mountains surrounding Winter Park are framed through floor-to-peaked-ceiling windows.
  • The Pueblo River Town View vacation rental is an 1890 home on the National Historic Register. New York architect William Halsey Ward’s design integrated massive Norman elements into this two-and-a-half-story red sandstone residence constructed for Pueblo businessman Charles H. Stickney.
  • Nestled on a three-acre mountain peak near Boulder, the Barrett House is an eclectic, mid-century modern vacation rental featuring a fireplace, theater room, hot tub, outdoor dining on a private balcony and a Mad Men-inspired bar and dining room.
  • The Mermaid Cottage, located on a solar ranch with mountain views in Del Norte, is a hand-built, cord-wood and bottle structure that provides a kaleidoscope effect when the sun shines in. It’s on the Continental Divide Trail and is an oasis for bird watchers and stargazers.
  • Vacation rentals at the Trail and Hitch Tiny Home Hotel and RV Park in Meeker can be rented individually or as a group for a couple's getaway, girls' weekend, hunting trip or work retreat, with fire pits and a large community deck to gather ‘round. One was built as part of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters,” and another on “Tiny House Nation.”


Forget the Ordinary, Stay Here:


  • The Sopris Alpaca Farm B&B is part of a serene, 53-acre Alpaca ranch in Silt where guests watch and interact with these friendly creatures. The porch of the recently renovated 1900s studio is the perfect spot to see them play as the sun sets or sip morning coffee.
  • A former pinto bean warehouse, this Southwestern Retreat in Cortez has been repurposed with more than 3,000 square feet of updated living space. The remote, four-bedroom mountain escape is near Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners Monument.
  • Pueblo’s former police station and jail is now Station on the Riverwalk, a boutique hotel with seven unique cells custom-crafted by local artisans. Two are surrounded by Brue’s Alehouse beer garden, and one—the Post-Prohibition Tank—allows guests to experience jail without actually going to jail. Visit the Clink for craft cocktails, aperitifs, wine and upscale snacks.
  • The Science Camp, founded midcentury on the Alamosa River in La Jara, is a secret wonder in the San Juans that was once the Phillips University Science Camp. The off-the-grid, off-the-map cabin built in 1956 has a living room, fireplace, full kitchen and dining room, bathroom and six single beds. Rental proceeds go to renovation of the site.
  • There are ten tiny eco-cabins at Escape on the Range, located in a 900-acre Wild Mustang Sanctuary in Deer Trail. Shared facilities include a bath house, kitchen, dining tent, and a large yurt for yoga, meditation or other gatherings. Guests can bring their own horses with advance notice.
  • The newly opened CampV in Naturita engages with guests and the community through art, storytelling and campfires. Dwellings include fully outfitted retro Airstreams; glamping in Lotus Belle Onion canvas tents on the San Miguel River; beautifully renovated and purposefully stocked cabins; and sites for tents and RVs.


Splurge-Worthy Estates:


  • Strawberry Park Court 313 is a 7-bedroom log cabin complete with a gourmet kitchen, a Western art collection and a custom cowboy bar. Relax in the game room and an expansive deck with a private hot tub, wood burning fireplace, outdoor seating for 17 and stunning Beaver Creek views.
  • Bella Vista Estate is a private retreat that sits perched above the Yampa River Valley, looking toward Colorado’s iconic Flat Top Mountains. Onsite guests can lounge by the pool, soak in the indoor rock grotto, roast marshmallows at the outdoor fire pit, enjoy the game room and saloon and more. The 7-acre estate has sleeping options for up to 28 people between the main lodge and adjacent cottages.
  • The Residences at Aspen Valley Ranch, an 813-acre gated ranch community that features luxury homestead four- and five-bedroom rentals, debuted in spring 2021. Guests of the residences can enjoy the Gym/Pool House; Horse Barn, complete with a dedicated wrangler, horses, riding arena and more; The Historic Barn, providing ample entertaining space with a game room and Toy Garage.
  • The Vail Marriott Penthouse Suite is located in a space that was a former nightclub with an expansive open concept multi-level floor plan and is the ultimate mountain retreat. The penthouse boasts 4 bedrooms, a family and home theater room and state-of-the-art kitchen. The 6,000-square-foot private rooftop terrace features a hot tub, putting green, meandering water feature and fire pit.








ABOUT COLORADO: Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine and 28 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments, 26 scenic and historic byways and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the 2021 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit or call 1-800 COLORADO.



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