Located in the northwestern area of the United States, the Rocky Mountains are a mountain chain that begins in Canada and stretches all the way down to New Mexico. In Colorado, the Rockies offer a great place to enjoy numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and skiing. Colorado also hosts the Rocky Mountains National Park to protect the natural beauty of the mountains. There are dozens of neighborhoods each with their own distinct flair where you can find a Rocky Mountain vacation rental perfect for your family. Here’s an overview of the top 9 Rocky Mountains vacation rental locations.

1. Estes Park

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If your family wants to spend their vacation hiking through the Rocky Mountains National Park, then choose the town of Estes Park, and select a vacation rental close to the park’s entrance. To capture stunning views, ride the cable cars up to the top of Prospect Mountain, taking plenty of pictures during the ride. While there, hop on your bikes and follow Trail Ridge Road along Highway 34 until you ready to ride back to town.

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2. Glenwood Springs

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Soak your cares away in the town’s hot springs when you choose a vacation rental in the mountain town of Glenwood Springs. This town hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, earning it the title “Most Fun Town in America” by USA Today. Take the kids to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to explore the underground caves and zip across the tree lines on a zip line, or head to the local movie theater, which features seats that move around.

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3. Ouray

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Escape the crowds and enjoy stunning views when you stay in the mountain community of Ouray, where you’ll find steep cliffs on three sides of the town. Stop by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center to take a dip. The center offers pools with varied temperatures; one pool is for swimming laps, and the other is dedicated to diving. In the summer, hike through Cascade Falls Park to see the stunning waterfalls. During the winter months, you can cross-country ski with your family.

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4. Gunnison

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Slow down and enjoy time with your family in the mountain town of Gunnison. Spend a day at the Gunnison Pioneer Museum to learn more about what life was like in this area during the 1800s. Get back to nature with a hike in the Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area. Throughout the winter months, Gunnison is a great place to cross country ski. If you enjoy fishing, bring your fishing gear along and try your luck at a local stream.

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5. Granby

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If you want to combine your mountain vacation with time on the water, then look for a cabin or family home in Granby. Within a few minutes drive, your family can access Willow Creek Reservoir, Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand Lake. Rent a boat or bring your own to enjoy fishing, swimming, water skiing, or tubing. During the winter months, while away the days skiing at Ski Granby Ranch.

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6. Leadville

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Step back in time with a vacation rental in the town of Leadville that once boasted a large population during the area’s Colorado’s Silver Boom in the 1800s. Today, you can explore the town’s rich history and stroll along the sidewalk checking out gorgeous Victorian architecture. Learn more about what life was like as a miner at the National Mining Hall of Fame, or take a tour of Dexter Cabin and gawk at its lush interior.

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7. Denver

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Called the ‘Mile High City,’ Denver is a major city that teems with fun activities all year long and offers a variety of vacation rental options. On a rainy day, take the family to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to learn more about science, or check out the largest art collection in the west at the Denver Art Museum. In the summer months, take the family out for a day of fun at the Elitch Gardens Theme Park, which offers traditional amusement park rides and water rides.

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8. Aspen

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Enjoy a winter wonderland with a trendy condo or log cabin vacation rental in the popular destination of Aspen. Buttermilk is one of the most popular ski resorts in the area, and it offers some of the easiest ski slopes if you’re a beginner or not very skilled. Aspen Mountain offers four different mountains with slopes to suit almost any skill level skier. In the downtown area, enjoy an afternoon of upscale shopping, visit a local art gallery, or enjoy a large cup of hot chocolate at one of the cafes.

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9. Steamboat Springs

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Enjoy shooting down the slopes with a vacation rental in Steamboat Springs. This popular ski town offers slopes for beginners and experts. At the ski resort, you and your family can rent all the equipment you need and sign up for a lesson to brush up on your skills. Take the gondola to the top of the mountain to enjoy a hot lunch and some amazing views.

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