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10 Best Cabins to Rent Near Denver, Colorado

by Brittany Varano

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If the mountains are calling, what better way to answer the call than with a stay at one of the Denver area’s best cabins?

It’s no secret that Colorado is a haven for outdoor exploration. And it’s even more convenient that some of the state’s best attractions, like the Rocky Mountains, Garden of the Gods, and sweeping national forests, are all within an hour or two from the capital city. Hike, bike, ski, and more – all you need is a sturdy pair of boots, a camera, a sense of adventure, and maybe a few downloaded maps.

One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the Colorado wilderness is by booking a cozy cabin rental stationed outside of the city. Airbnbs are an excellent way to experience the comforts of home coupled with luxury amenities for a price that’s cheaper than crowded hotels. And better yet, they’re often tucked away in stunning natural locations that offer both small-town charm and front row seats to some of the best sunsets you’ll find in the west. Below, you’ll find a round up of some of the best cabin rentals near Denver so you can sleep in the wilderness while still getting the benefits of the big city.

1. Riverside Home

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Why you should stay: A luxury cabin rental with five-star amenities and incredible views.

  • Nearest town: Black Hawk
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $438/night
  • Drive to Denver: 49 minutes

This two-bedroom riverside home easily steals the title for one of the best cabin rentals near Denver for its immaculately clean interior, expertly designed decor, and peaceful location. Numerous windows allow natural light to spill into the home’s vaulted ceilings and fill every corner of the kitchen and living room, which also features a natural case fireplace. There’s another fireplace in the sweeping primary bedroom, too.

When you can tear yourself away from the beauty of the interior, the home’s sweeping valley and river views from the spacious and partially covered deck will blow you away. Enjoy grilling out and dining al fresco before hopping into the four-person hot tub for a soothing soak. Eldora Mountain Resort and Eldorado Canyon State Park are a short drive away, and downtown Denver is just under an hour.

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2. Refreshing Mountain Retreat

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Why you should stay: Sleep at 8,000 feet surrounded by nothing but rolling mountains and pine-scented air.

  • Nearest town: Bailey
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $220/night
  • Drive to Denver: 45 minutes

Escape to a refreshing mountain retreat southwest of Denver where you can find quiet seclusion away from the city streets. The home has a well-stocked kitchen, but there are also charming local cafes and eateries not far from the property. Large windows make it easy to appreciate the scenery while relaxing on the couch or playing a game of air hockey in the living room.

The cabin also features a fantastic deck that overlooks the vistas and has patio seating and a dining table.Guests have raved about the fantastic stargazing from this home, which isn’t surprising:  without the glare of Denver’s light pollution, you can witness the stars like never before.

“This place was absolutely stunning! So much privacy. So much nature. Outstanding attention to detail. 10/10 would stay again,” said Airbnb guest Darrell 

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3. Luxury Log Cabin

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Why you should stay: A secluded 54-acre property with everything you need for a memorable romantic getaway.

  • Nearest town: Black Hawk
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $399/night
  • Drive to Denver: 49 minutes

This luxury log cabin outside of Denver may be an Airbnb, but it feels like a wilderness resort. The primary suite has a comfortable king bed and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower.  The home is on 54 acres and is a veritable outdoor playground, from the firepit and hammocks to the mountain-view hot tub to the on-site trails and paths.

But if the weather outdoors isn’t ideal for lounging in the wilderness, no problem, as the home has a second indoor hot tub in the sunroom. There’s even a theatre room, perfect for both rainy days and relaxing after an active day exploring Denver.

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4. Boho Mod Cabin

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Why you should stay: A charming creekside stone cottage pulled from the pages of a fairytale.

  • Nearest town: Idaho Springs
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $300/night
  • Drive to Denver: 40 minutes

Nestled next to a babbling creek just outside of Idaho Springs is the magical boho mod cabin. This owners renovated the vintage cabin with gleaming wooden floors, bohemian and neutral furnishings, a fireplace, and a lovely triple french door that connects the living room to the outside.

“Super beautiful place to stay in the mountains! The creek and cabin seem like something off of a movie and was so calming,” said Airbnb guest Kyle.

The home has a kitchenette complete with a microwave, fridge, and sink and one bedroom with a queen bed. There are two additional sleeping spaces in the living room. There isn’t cell service to be found, and the Wi-Fi is spotty, but since it’s only 40 minutes to Denver, you’ll have plenty of service once you get a mile or so away from the house.

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5. Log Cabin

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Why you should stay: Experience classic mountain living in a cabin overlooking a river.

  • Nearest town: Black Hawk
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $378/night
  • Drive to Denver: 50 minutes

Serene mountain vistas await you at this Black Hawk log cabin. Spend your time lounging on this two-bedroom cabin’s charming balcony strung with lights, or get warm and toasty in the bubbling hot tub. There’s also a barbecue, fire pit, hammock, and yard games galore to ensure you’re able to enjoy your time in nature.

Chalet-style windows and the thick log walls create an inviting interior that’ll make you wish it was your permanent residence rather than just your temporary digs. The living room also features fabulous French doors that open to the mountain air, as well as a wood stove to keep you warm year-round. Nearby is the charming mountain town of Nederland, with great hiking, skiing, and tons of unique shops.

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6. Boho Chic Cabin

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Why you should stay: Unique wooden home with exciting amenities for fun-loving travelers.

  • Nearest Town: Golden
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $169/night
  • Drive to Denver: 25 minutes

Relive your childhood dreams in this cozy Boho Chic Cabin just outside of the Denver suburbs. Aside from the fun amenities kids will absolutely love – like a treehouse, catwalk, and zipline – this stunner also boasts feature appreciated by luxury-loving adults like vaulted ceilings, log furnishings, and eclectic accents. In the morning, whip up a fresh cup of coffee with complimentary beans before getting ready for the day in the bathroom where you’ll find a rain shower and heated floors (a gem in the winter!)

During your stay in the charming little town of Golden, be sure to check out nearby attractions such as the Golden Gate Canyon State Park and Lookout Mountain, boasting excellent views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

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7. River Bend Mountain Retreat

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Why you should stay: Find peace and quiet in Lyons at a lovely little cabin rental situated in a river bend.

  • Nearest town: Lyons
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $249/night
  • Drive to Denver: 55 minutes

Located about 30 minutes from Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains National Park entrance, this river bend mountain retreat is a wonderful rustic oasis that allows pups. It boasts a wooden deck with twinkling lights next to the picturesque passing river. And thanks for the comfortable reclining chairs, you could easily spend all day with a good book, listening to the sounds of nature.

Inside, a fireplace and wood-burning stove will keep you toasty warm. There are two bedrooms, as well as a third detached bunkhouse with a queen bed just feet from the main cabin that offers a bit of privacy for larger groups. Boulder Falls and Alberta Falls are nearby as well as other beautiful  Estes Park hikes. Though it’s close to Denver, there’s enough to do near Lyons alone that you’d be forgiven for never actually heading into the city.

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8. Log Haven Lodge

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Why you should stay: Homey cabin near Denver perfect for a large family trip.

  • Nearest town: Indian Hills
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $335/night
  • Drive to Denver: 30 minutes

The Log Haven Lodge is a quaint four-bedroom log home complete with a rugged decor and a wood stove backed by a stone wall. Everything you need for a family vacation is provided, including a spacious dining room with seating for 10, a well-equipped kitchen, a kitchenette on the ground floor, and a roomy living room. There’s even a sunroom turned into a fun entertainment space with a shuffleboard table and foosball table.

Indian Hills is a very small, very beautiful mountain town with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

“It’s the perfect location because it is only 30 minutes from downtown Denver but also feels like you are hours deep in the Rockies,” said Airbnb guest Katelyn.

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9. Cabin in the Pines

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Why you should stay: A unique wood-and-stone home near Denver and Boulder.

  • Nearest town: Boulder
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $400/night
  • Drive to Denver: 35 minutes

See what Boulder has to offer in this semi-secluded cabin in the pines, peacefully located in the forest. This cabin has a wrap-around deck and multi-level patio seating looking out on a creek that attracts woodland wildlife. Popular Boulder attractions like the Mount Sanitas Trailhead and Chautauqua Park are only a short drive away. It’s a cool college town with amazing live music, including the world-famous Red Rocks amphitheater.

After a day of exploring, come home to tongue and groove pine paneling, geometric window panes, and skylights that let sun light up the house. Potted plants, string lights, and eclectic textiles dot the interior and help to amp up the cozy factor in this one-of-a-kind Denver and Boulder Airbnb.

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10. Creekside Cabin

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Why you should stay: Explore the best of Conifer while basecamping by calming pines and a creek.

  • Nearest town: Conifer
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $270/night
  • Drive to Denver: 37 minutes

Venture to the quiet foothills of West Denver in this creekside cabin. It has on-site laundry, a well-appointed kitchen, and a mudroom perfect for storing ski and hiking equipment. You’ll also enjoy the spacious living room with wood burning stove, a spacious bathroom, and two bedrooms, plus a queen bed in the common area.

“Having stayed in Airbnb’s all over the world, this was by far the best experience I’ve ever had,” said Airbnb guest Daniel.

A covered deck provides shelter to enjoy your morning coffee, and there’s no better place to spot wildlife, especially while you’re still in your P.J.’s. The Flying J Ranch Park Trailhead is under a mile away, and Mount Evans and the Red Rocks Trading Post Trail are also super accessible.

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Plan Your Trip to Denver

Some of Colorado’s top attractions are just outside the city and include mountain hikes, skiing adventures, and scenic drives. Here are the best things to do near Denver during your stay (aside from exploring the entire city, of course.)

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