Relaxation has an address and it’s found in colorful Colorado. Refresh your spirit and restore your sense of fun at a Colorado cabin rental in the year-round beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Whether you venture to Colorado for a ski vacation or plan to spend time boating on a lake or hiking on forested trails, Colorado welcomes you with a friendly “howdy” and warm hospitality.
1. Estes Park
Estes Park’s mountain setting lets you enjoy temperatures in the mid-70s from June through August. Estes Park is nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains 65 miles northwest of Denver. Nature enthusiasts enjoy a multitude of year-round pursuits that include hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, rock climbing, and wildlife and bird watching. From your mountain retreat in Estes Park, you have easy access to three ski resorts: Eldora, Sol Vista, and Winter Park/Mary Jane. Nearby Rocky Mountain National Park is ideal for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Rocky Mountain National Park spans the Continental Divide, so plan a trip across Trail Ridge Road during the summer for the most spectacular views of whispering aspens, burbling rivers, and Long’s Peak, the park’s tallest mountain.
2. Colorado Springs
Combine the best of city living and mountain retreat when you rent a vacation cabin near Colorado Springs where you are minutes away from the natural splendor of the Pikes Peak area. Jagged red sandstone formations jut hundreds of feet into the air at Garden of the Gods, a natural wonder not to be missed. Take a leisurely scenic tour of the park by car, or walk, skate, hike, or bike along the miles of paved and dirt tracks. Take a drive along Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the country. At 12,000 altitude, the views are breathtaking. If you love zoos, don’t miss America’s only mountainside zoo on Cheyenne Mountain. Take a tour through the Air Force Academy and the Olympic Training Center, or spend some time at a casino in nearby Cripple Creek.
3. Grand Lake
Known as the “Western Gateway” to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is a mountain town with gorgeous scenery that embraces Colorado’s largest natural lake surrounded by acres of pine-scented forests. A stream burbles Just steps from your cabin door, and you can spot the wildlife as you watch the sunrise through the trees. For shopping, gallery gazing, or a bite to eat, walk the historic downtown boardwalk, home to more than 60 establishments. During summer, ride your ATV through unspoiled terrain, hike, and bike on numerous trails, or take to the lake for some boating, sailing, or fishing. Winter transforms Grand Lake into the “Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado,” so take advantage of the endless miles of trails made specifically for snowshoes, Nordic skis, and, of course, snowmobiles.
4. Manitou Springs
This quaint mountain town, tucked securely beneath Pikes Peak, is six miles west of downtown Colorado Springs. Catch the cable car to the top of the foothills for some great views of Colorado Springs and the sprawling Eastern Plains. High altitude dehydration is common, so stop by the Manitou Mineral Springs to sample eight different beverages, thought by the Ute Native American tribes to have healing and spiritual powers. Home to the American Anasazi culture 700 years ago, don’t miss a visit to the Manitou cliff dwelling which is preserved and protected by a red sandstone overhang. When a challenging hike is on your bucket list, take on the 12-mile (one way) Barr Trail or the Manitou Incline over strategically placed railroad ties for an exhilarating workout.
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5. Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs is located along the western side of the Continental Divide just 35 miles from the New Mexico border. Nestled in the high desert plateau of the Four Corners area of the San Juan Mountains, Pagosa Springs claims 300 days of sunshine, extending an open invitation to enjoy this rich historical and cultural area year-round. As you explore more than three-million-acres of national forest and wildness, soaring cliffs, cascading rivers, towering rugged mountain peaks, and serene alpine pools, you experience a simple life on a grand scale. When the day ends, stroll over to the mineral springs for a soothing soak before returning to your log cabin for some splendid slumber.
Aspen, snuggled in the White River National Forest in the Roaring Fork Valley, is a year-round recreational destination. During winter, the Aspen/Snowmass area offers plenty of downhill slushing runs and cross-country skiing as well as snowshoeing, ice skating, ballooning, and paragliding. Unwind after a day on the slopes with a dip in the hot springs and a hot toddy to warm up. During summer, hike, bike, and stroll along the enchanting trails and breathe in the beauty of never-ending blankets of wildflowers such as orchids, columbines, violets, and snapdragons that grow along the byways. Catch the annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival in June and over Labor Day, or sit on a blanket in the park for free summer concerts under clear, starry skies.
Durango sits in the Four Corners area of the San Juan Mountain Range. This historic town is 35 miles from the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings where you can explore over 600 dwellings. For over 700 years, Mesa Verde was the home of the Ancestral Puebloans. Outdoor enthusiasts love wandering through the San Juan National Forest on the numerous trails designed for hikers and bikers. The foaming Animas River is ideal for fly fishing or tearing down the rapids on a whitewater raft for an adrenaline rush. You can ski, snowboard, snowmobile, and zipline over gorgeous vistas to your heart’s content at the Purgatory ski area.
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