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9 Best Yurt Rentals in Colorado for the Ultimate Wilderness Escape

by Kristen Arendt
Updated November 28, 2021

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Ready to explore? Any time of year, you can book a stay at one of the best yurts in Colorado to get out to enjoy all that the Centennial State has to offer — and it has a lot to offer.

From hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and off-roading in the summer to backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, Colorado has a reputation for being a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

And if you’re looking for a way to preserving the essence of camping under the stars but with a few more amenities, yurt-ing can make your overnight arrangements much more comfortable, especially during Colorado winters. So book a stay at one of these fantastic Colorado yurts and enjoy getting back to nature in some of the state’s best mountain communities.

Related Read: 7 Gorgeous Winter Camping Spots in Colorado

1. Yurt Surrounded By National Forest

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Why you should stay: Imagine a starry night sky like you’ve never seen before — and stunning wilderness views during the day.

  • Nearest town: Creede
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

This stunning yurt in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains gets you far away from civilization, taking you miles away from towns, Wi-Fi, or cell service. Sure, you’ll need to come prepared to be self-sufficient (especially if visiting during the winter,) but with a little bit of preparation, you’ll reap the rewards of a stunning backcountry experience.

This cozy, insulated yurt has a wood-burning stove and a small kitchenette, though there’s no running water or electricity (except for a small solar system.) In the summer, you can explore the expansive La Garita Wilderness on foot and in the fall, the view of the golden aspens from the yurt’s back deck is outstanding. When the snow starts falling, strap on your snowshoes or skis and head right out your front door for winter exploration. The owners have some easy-to-follow but specific rules about staying there, so be sure to read the full listing text before booking.

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2. Unaweep Canyon Yurt

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Why you should stay: A premium yurt with a host of outdoor activities just beyond the front door.

  • Nearest town: Gateway
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $185/night

Located in majestic Unaweep Canyon on Colorado’s western slope, this beautiful yurt has all prime amenities in a perfect package. Along with a wood-burning stove and a fully stocked small kitchen, this yurt also boasts Wi-Fi and a full bath with hot running water. If that doesn’t sound like a yurting life of luxury, we don’t know what does.

And to the locale, you can’t beat this spot for outstanding access to outdoor activities with fantastic hiking, horseback riding, biking, ATV touring, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing just beyond the front door. You’re only a short drive from the towns of Grand Junction and Fruita, or take the path less traveled and drive the scenic 4WD Johns Canyon Road from Gateway into Moab for a bit of an off-road adventure.

“The Yurt is awesome. Fun space for a unique experience, and it has everything you need. The view is fantastic.”

Ryan, Miami, FL
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3. Fort Collins Off-Grid Yurt

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Why you should stay: A Great Plains-inspired dwelling with views for miles.

  • Nearest town: Fort Collins
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $125/night

This private yurt is on 35.5 acres just outside of Fort Collins. With that, you can count on a good dose of peace and quiet along with some spectacular and unimpeded views of the Front Range. Head into old town Fort Collins for a smattering of shops, dining, and, of course, local microbreweries. Or take a drive up Poudre Canyon to explore the Rocky Mountain foothills.

This yurt is off-the-grid, so come prepared for minimal amenities as it has no power or running water. There’s a small outhouse, and the yurt is stocked with a two-burner propane stove, oil lamp, candles, and some battery-powered lights. There is a large cooler (bring your own ice) and a small BBQ grill for backcountry-style meals.

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4. Pass Creek Yurt

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Why you should stay: A secluded getaway in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Nearest town: Pagosa Springs
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $149/night

Located between the towns of Pagosa Springs and South Fork in Rio Grande National Forest, the Pass Creek Yurt is cozy but large enough to fit the entire family. A true wilderness experience, you can expect a little bit of an adventure getting to the yurt as you”ll have to hike a mile through the woods to reach your destination – so pack light!

The yurt has a small outhouse, and you’ll need to filter water from the nearby stream. From the yurt, you have access to the Continental Divide Trail, as well as many miles of hiking and biking on forest roads and national forest trails. Scenic Alberta Lake, where you can swim, fish, or picnic, is just over a mile away.

“Absolutely incredible is the only way to describe the yurt. Had an amazing weekend and are already trying to figure out when we can go back.”

Anthony, Denver, CO
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5. Mesa Verde Yurt

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Why you should stay: A rustic and private yurt right next to a must-see National Park.

  • Nearest town: Mancos
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $105/night

Even though you’re near the highway, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from civilization in the best way possible. This solar-powered yurt is on 35 acres, giving you plenty of privacy for your stay. The yurt has a small kitchen area and an outdoor fire pit. There’s potable (though cold) water in the kitchen and a small outhouse.

The property is a beautiful desert landscape complete with pinon and pine trees, scrub oak, and sagebrush. You’re a mere two miles away from the entrance to the fabulous Mesa Verde National Park where you could easily spend many days exploring. Don’t miss a tour of one of the incredible historic cliff dwellings, which you can reserve online.

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6. Nelson Mountain Yurt

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Why you should stay: A top-notch glamping experience in the middle of the wilderness.

  • Nearest town: Creede
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $130/night

You should come prepared for a bit of an adventure to get to this backcountry yurt, located at a breathtaking – literally – 11,242 feet above sea level in the heart of the stunning San Juan Mountains. A 4WD or AWD vehicle with high clearance and low gear is recommended for the drive back to this remote. It’s located off the Bachelor Loop, a 17-mile scenic drive just outside of Creede. The area is a prime spot for hiking and ATV touring in the summer or snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Though you’re in a truly secluded and remote location (and should come prepared for as much,) this yurt is far from “roughing it.” It comes with a propane cookstove and refrigerator, solar lighting, and a composting toilet. There’s no running water, but the hosts provide water jugs during your stay. There also a fabulous raised deck with a propane fire pit, so you may just find that sitting on the deck, soaking in the outstanding scenery is all the relaxation you need.

“Fabulous views, away from the world and as off the grid as you want to make it. Very close to some excellent hiking or off roading.”

Ty, Fort Collins, CO
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7. Sunset Luxury Riverside Yurt

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Why you should stay: A waterfront retreat with a you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it outdoor kitchen.

  • Nearest town: Canon City
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $199/night

Nothing says welcome to colorful Colorado like an equally colorful yurt staycation. This fabulous yurt has all the basics plus a few unexpected add-ons like a deluxe outdoor kitchen and a cozy loft space on the second level. Guests also have access to bathrooms and showers at the main building.

This luxury yurt overlooks the Arkansas River, providing you with riverfront access and the perfect outdoor area to kick back and relax. When you aren’t soaking up the peaceful scenery from the patio, head out hiking, fishing, rafting, or kayaking along the Arkansas River. Be sure to head up the road for a visit to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, home to America’s highest suspension bridge and zipline.

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8. River Walk Yurt

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Why you should stay: A sophisticated yurt in the perfect mountain setting.

  • Nearest town: Hotchkiss
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

You won’t be roughing it at all with a stay at this luxurious yurt. With a full indoor bathroom complete with shower, a close-to-full-size kitchen (just no oven or dishwasher,) an indoor fireplace, and a deck with a hot tub, this getaway is a yurt in looks only. This is one of the best yurts in Colorado if you like being near the water, since the home has a deck extension leading to seating overlooking the river.

Situated on 40 private acres of a working farm, you can meander along the river on the area’s marked walking paths right from your front door. Head into the small but scenic town of Paonia to hit the shops and restaurants or check out one of the many art galleries. A drive east will take you into the heart of the West Elk Mountains, or you can drive north to explore stunning Grand Mesa. Though the minimum stay is three nights, you’ll find you’ll  want to spend much, much longer in the area.

“Great little yurt, very comfortable. A nice wrap-around deck and river running by made for a relaxing stay.”

Elliot, Berkeley, CA
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9. Never Summer Nordic Yurts

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Why you should stay: Top-notch yurts in unforgettable locations.

  • Nearest town: Colorado State Forest State Park
  • Sleeps: 6-9
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $100/night

The Never Summer Nordic yurts are routinely praised as some of the best backcountry yurts in Colorado. With a few choices of secluded yurts and cabins scattered throughout prime locations in Colorado State Forest State Park, you can set up a weeklong backcountry trip or a weekend getaway no matter the season.

You’ll have limited amenities, no running water or electricity, and will need to be prepared to be self-sufficient (especially in the winter.) The trade-off is you’ll be smack dab in the middle of some of the most pristine and spectacular terrain Colorado has to offer. Whether you want to fill your days with hiking, fishing, climbing, peak bagging, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing, or simply soaking in the fresh mountain air, a stay at a Never Summer Nordic yurt will not disappoint.

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