In an outdoorsy state like Colorado, camping is all the rage. After all, setting up a tent amidst a secluded natural setting is perhaps the best way to experience the great outdoors. But for those of us who are less interested in the rustic byproducts of camping, you might want to consider “glamping” instead. A portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping offers a chance to stay in the wilderness — without those pesky bugs and the hassle of pitching a tent.
Book your stay at one of these glamping destinations in Northern Colorado, from Estes Park to Greeley. Options include yurts, canvas tents, treehouses and more unique accommodations, most of which are equipped with luxurious bedding, WiFi, and (nearly) all the comforts of home.
COVID NOTE: Be sure to follow all updated CDC guidelines during your visit and check each website thoroughly before booking. We included the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols and closures when relevant, but information is subject to change.
Photo Courtesy of WeeCasa Tiny House Resort
Just 30 minutes outside of Estes Park, you’ll find WeeCasa, the world’s largest tiny house resort. Set up neighborhood-style in close proximity to each other and just steps from the creek, each tiny house consists of approximately 135–400 square feet of charm and character. Just like hotel rooms (and even better, too), each home is fully stocked with appliances, towels, bedding, cutlery and dishes, and even WiFi. All you need to bring is food and beverages!
COVID NOTE: WeeCasa is following all CDC and local public health guidelines and requiring face coverings in public areas, thoroughly sanitizing everything, offering self check-in/check-out, and more. Plus, their communal meeting space is temporarily closed. Click here for a full list of WeeCasa’s COVID-19 policies.
Situated on 5 beautiful acres along the North Fork of the Colorado River, Colorado Cabin Adventures features comfortably rustic log cabins and a bunkhouse available year-round. During your stay, access hundreds of acres of Colorado State Park property, which is dotted with wildlife such as elk, fox, coyote, chipmunks and waterfowl. Wake up to stunning lake, river and forest views during your stay in one of their unique log cabins, which recently underwent a two-year renovation.
Photo Courtesy of The Evergreens on Fall River
Experience the best of Rocky Mountain National Park with a stay at The Evergreens on Fall River, a collection of log cabins just 1.6 miles from the park’s entrance. Their riverfront cabins are the perfect getaway, offering breathtaking views, a private deck and an optional couple’s spa. Choose from their one- or two-bedroom cabins, all of which feature a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, free WiFi and other amenities.
Reserved through Airbnb, Little Red Treehouse is exactly what it sounds like — a little red treehouse. Custom built by owner and founder Leam Blackwood and sitting amongst the trees in Lyons, this charming home in the sky offers excellent views, a deck-top private shower, a balcony breakfast nook, an efficiency kitchen with both heat and electricity, stunning lodge design, and a unique treehouse experience you’ll never forget.
Photo Courtesy of Arapaho Valley Ranch
Just southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park in Granby, Arapaho Valley Ranch is a 200-acre, family owned, guest ranch with a variety of glamping options, including canvas tents and tipis. Each glamping tent features a wooden deck, a firepit, a queen bed with bedding, a camp kitchen, and the option for two additional cots with bedding. And the 20-foot tipis feature a wooden deck, a camp kitchen, a queen-size log bed and a cot. Both accommodations are within walking distance of bathrooms!
COVID NOTE: At this time, Arapaho Valley Ranch is only accepting guests who have pre-reserved camping, glamping or cabins for the summer. You must book in advance. They are doing a drive-up check-in system from 1–8 p.m. Additionally, the lodge, store and bar are closed until further notice. The playground and canoes are open and available to be used at your own risk. Click here for Arapaho Valley Ranch’s full list of COVID-19 updates.
Experience the best of both Rocky Mountain National Park and the charming town of Grand Lake at Grand Lake Lodge, a classic mountain lodge with 70 newly renovated cabins available between May and October. All Grand Lake guests enjoy access to the lodge’s amenities, including a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, sports courts, a playground, a picnic area, and a hot tub. The Spruce Half Cabin is an especially affordable option for two — and you can even bring your dog, too!
COVID NOTE: Grand Lake Lodge is going to great lengths to protect your safety while providing a phenomenal experience during your stay. They are offering electronic and curbside check-in services and have instituted a PPE policy among their staff, who are screened at the beginning and end of every shift. They are using sterilizing wands to deep-clean rooms between visits. Plus, their food and beverage services include knock-and-drop breakfasts, take-out lunches and dinners, and other adjustments. The pool is open with a timed reservations system where hotel guests can reserve 1.5 hour time slots. Grand Lake Lodge is limiting capacity to 25 people per slot for the safety of its guests. Visit their website for more information about their COVID-19 policies.
Nestled along the South Platte River in Greeley, Platte River Fort is a resort and event center with a rustic side as well. Their Lotus Belle glamping yurts and covered wagon offer a true glamping experience, providing a comfortable retreat after you spend the day hiking, fishing, or swimming on the 235-acre property. The 20-foot-wide yurts sleep between two and four guests, and feature a variety of amenities, including outdoor seating, a chaise, reading chairs, a wine opener, beach towels, river tubes, magazines, lanterns and a lighter. The unforgettable Conestoga Wagon sleeps up to four guests in a king-sized bed and a twin-sized bunk bed. And believe it or not, the wagon even has enough space for a cozy sitting area with two padded chairs!
COVID NOTE: Platte River Fort has implemented new cleaning procedures and protocols for all of their facilities and with their employees. They are also actively educating employees, visitors and customers on the preventative measures provided by the CDC. After an eight-week closure on March 18, Hanks Bar and Grill is now open!
Larimer County Parks & Recreation offers a variety of glamping options at both Hermit Park Open Space and Horsetooth Reservoir. Choose from 13 semi-secluded cabins in the woods just southeast of Estes Park at Hermit Park Open Space, which feature a two-burner propane cook stove, padded bed surfaces (without bedding), picnic tables, fire pits, and more. The seven cabins located at the water’s edge in South Bay Campground at Horsetooth Reservoir feature a covered porch, three padded bed surfaces (without bedding), electricity, a table with four chairs, heat and air, and more. Make your reservations for either glamping option months in advance, as these cabins are typically in high demand!
Located in the moose capital of Colorado, Colorado State Forest State Park, Never Summer Nordic operates seven yurts and two huts inside the state land. Their headquarters is located in Walden on the outskirts of the park, but their backcountry yurts can be found in jaw-dropping, secluded locations throughout all 70,838 acres. Whether you’re looking for a weeklong backcountry ski trip or a romantic weekend getaway, Never Summer Nordic has the yurt for you. See them all here.
COVID NOTE: As of May 22, Never Summer Nordic got the green light to reopen all units with several protocols in place. Guests are asked to bring their own sponges, dish cloths, pillows, pillow cases, and bedding, plus alcohol-based hand sanitizer and Lysol disinfectant spray. Their store/office is open with shortened hours. The Moose Visitor Center is closed to the public until further notice. Click here for Never Summer Nordic’s COVID-19 policies.
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