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Aspen, Colorado is well-known for being a ritzy mountain resort destination. But just because it attracts high-dollar clientele doesn’t mean you can’t find a few budget-friendly cabins to soak up that Rocky Mountain majesty.
Aspen cabin rentals are decidedly not roughing it in any sense of the word, but if you can afford the price tag or don’t mind staying on the outskirts of Aspen, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best that this iconic mountain town has to offer: epic powder days, unreal fall colors, and some of the best après ski dining west of the Continental Divide.
So invite your friends or family and book a stay at one of these stunning Aspen cabins for a Colorado vacation you won’t soon forget.
1. Elegant Lodge
Why you should stay: Exquisite home within walking distance of the ski lifts.
- Sleeps: 8
- Minimum Stay: 3 nights
- Rates from: $1,242/night
This beautiful home is tucked in a private aspen grove that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a forest wonderland. You’re only minutes from some of the best recreation Aspen has to offer — though you may be hard-pressed to leave the homey comforts of this luxurious lodge behind. From the stellar outdoor decks to the cozy living room, this cabin has plenty of pleasant spots to soak in the scenery.
Should you want to leave, you’re within walking distance of amenities like the Aspen Rec Center, where you can go for a swim, hit up the skating rink, and play a round of tennis. Or hop on the lift at Highlands to head up the hill.
“The house is nestled at the base of the mountain amongst gorgeous Aspens and is a short drive to hikes and town,” said one VRBO guest. “Great running and biking nearby too! Highly recommend!”
In the summer you’ll be treated to awesome wildflower-filled hikes, and in the winter, click into your skis and head right out the door. If Nordic skiing is more your speed, you’ll also have easy access to the area’s many groomed cross-country trails.Check Availability
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2. Mountain Valley Hideaway
Why you should stay: Secluded escape with easy access to local amenities.
- Sleeps: 7
- Minimum Stay: 2 nights
- Rates from: $380/night
This cozy cabin throws down some serious retro-rustic vibes. Start your morning with a cup of coffee on the raised back deck, where you’ll soak up sunshine with the mountain views. In the winter, stoke the fire and grab your favorite beverage to unwind after a day out carving turns at the resort.
While this lodge-style home offers plenty of charm, the best part might just be the super convenient location. You can catch the bus to downtown right from the driveway: perfect for skiing or snowboarding in the winter or shopping, dining, and festival-going in the summer.Check Availability
Best Secluded Cabin
3. Aspen’s Hilltop Chalet
Why you should stay: Escape the ordinary at this renovated 1970s hunting cabin.
- Sleeps: 5
- Minimum Stay: 2 nights
- Rates from: $1,200/night
Don’t let the rustic exterior of the Hilltop Chalet fool you. Inside you’ll find a delightfully modern and decidedly luxurious space decked out with details to make you feel right at home. Hit up the yoga and meditation space or the reading nook to shed the stress of your 9-5 and fully embrace vacation mode. The view isn’t too shabby either.
The property’s located about 15 minutes from both Aspen and Snowmass, so you have your pick of ski resorts within easy driving distance. In the summer or fall, catch the shuttle to Maroon Bells for a hike below the iconic striated peaks.
And if you don’t feel like dealing with the downtown Aspen scene, you can pop into Woody Creek for a more laid-back evening. Woody Creek Tavern offers good food and stiff drinks for a casual night out.Check Availability
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Best Rustic Option
4. Fox Lane Cabin
Why you should stay: Luxury log-home living with room for the entire family — including Fido.
- Sleeps: 12
- Minimum Stay: 7 nights
- Rates from: $638/night
This sprawling modern cabin isn’t in Aspen proper, but don’t turn up your nose at this gem in nearby Snowmass Village. The gorgeous home includes floor-to-ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen, spacious outdoor seating area, private hot tub, and firepit. And you’re only eight miles away from downtown Aspen if you run out of things to do in Snowmass Village, which is unlikely.
You’re only a mile away from Two Creeks lift to hit the slopes in winter. And at the base in Snowmass Village, you can have your pick of activities including golf, biking, and horseback riding in the summer and skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Check out the dining and year-round events at the Collective for more on-mountain entertainment.
“Everything about this home was over the top,” said guest Karen. “The pictures don’t do it justice!!”Check Availability
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5. Red Mountain Home
Why you should stay: Killer views from every single window.
- Sleeps: 10
- Minimum Stay: 3 nights
- Rates from: $2,400/night
Okay, so calling this a “cabin” is a bit of a stretch, but if you can afford to shell out for the premium price tag on this chic designer home, you’ll enjoy some high-end Aspen ambiance — with just a touch of rustic cabin-like charm.
Plus, from your prime perch atop the slopes of Red Mountain, you’ll have some out-of-this-world views of the Aspen valley and Maroon Bells in the distance.
Should you choose to leave your palatial cabin, downtown Aspen is a short 10-minute drive away, so you can easily plan a full day out to take in all the shops, dining, and recreation in the area. You’ll likely be eager to return home for a rewarding soak in the hot tub after a day out skiing, hiking, or simply sightseeing around the town.
“We LOVED the location!” said Laura from San Francisco. “It’s close enough to town to head to our favorite restaurants or shops, or make a trip to the market as well as easy access to hiking trails nearby but frankly, we didn’t want to leave!”Check Availability
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Best Budget Cabin
6. Roaring Fork River Cabin
Why you should stay: Tiny riverside cabin perfect for lovers of the great outdoors.
- Sleeps: 4
- Minimum Stay: 3 nights
- Rates from: $279/night
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly stay and don’t mind being a tad outside of the Aspen and Snowmass bubble, this cute cabin is a real treat. Inside, it’s woodsy and cozy, but the outdoor spaces — including the covered porch and river-side seating — really steal the show.
The cabin is located right on the Roaring Fork River, making it the perfect getaway for fishing or just soaking up the great outdoors. Should you want to catch a ride to Aspen, there’s a bus stop close by. Or you can bring your own (bicycle) wheels and hit up the Rio Grande Trail to cycle into town.Check Availability
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