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10 Best Cabin Rentals in Estes Park, Colorado

by Megan Honan

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Known as Colorado’s “original playground”, Estes Park has become a mainstay in the world of outdoor enthusiasts.

Sitting just outside of Denver, the town is a popular spot for summer vacations or a quick, weekend getaway. Lying at the foot of the Rocky Mountain National Park, there is no better home base for exploration of the famous craggy peaks and surrounding mountainous forest.

Located with easy access to the national park, avid hikers will delight in exploring the most incredible tundra trails, famed lakes and magical waterfalls –– with all the comforts of home accessible within town. With plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, Estes Park remains the ultimate spot for reconnecting with the natural world and slowing down from a fast-paced lifestyle.

For the ultimate nature escape, you’ll want to snag one of these incredible cabin rentals to make your stay a memorable one. Ranging from dreamy cabins set against the Ponderosa pines, to a lakeside log cabin retreat, to a classic A-frame cottage overlooking the Never Summer Range –– chances are you’ll never want to leave.

Best Overall Cabin Stay

1. Secluded Cabin on 10 Acres

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Why you should stay: Soak in incredible mountain views with plenty of space, just a quick drive from Longs Peak Trailhead.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $396/night

Tucked away on 10 acres of private land, this Moss Brook Cabin is a sanctuary set amongst a pine forest. For the ultimate respite, kick back on the expansive deck overlooking Estes Park for the best views around. Dine next to the babbling river, which runs parallel to the house at the on-site picnic bench for an al-fresco feast.

Inside, admire the moss rock fireplace that stands as the centerpiece of the house, then snuggle up in bed enjoying the vantage points from the huge picture windows or with a book from the large library collection on display.

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Best Cabin for Hiking into RMNP

2. Aspen Tree Cabin

Aspen Tree Cabin
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Why you should stay: Hike directly into Rocky Mountain National Park from the front door.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $437/night

Nestle into the Aspen Tree Cabin to fall asleep to the sounds of the Big Thompson River flowing just outside. Surrounded by abundant wildlife, the property lies on the western edge of Estes Park, offering a more quiet and peaceful location than within the bustling town and an easy walk into Moraine Park.

A dream destination for fishers, the house is just a hop, skip and a jump from the river, with walk-in access to the bank where you can cast a line. After a full day of fishing, grill up trout on the state of the art grill out on the expansive deck, offering stunning mountain views.

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Best for Groups

3. Rivendell

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Why you should stay: Embark on an adventure with enough room for the extended family.

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $650/night

Styled in the form of a traditional mountain log cabin, Rivendall is expansive with a unique layout that is designed to accommodate 14, but provides a cozy enough atmosphere for even just two.

Enjoy a slow, leisurely breakfast in the sunroom to soak up sunrise views over Ypsilon Mountain, Chiquita Peak and Fairchild Mountain. The surrounding 2.5 acres provide ample privacy and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, ranging from elk to turkey.

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Best Budget Cabin

4. Vintage Estes Cabin

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Why you should stay: Unparalleled views of The Rockies and superb attention to detail make this a memorable yet affordable stay.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $180/night

Recently renovated, this 1800s Estes Park cabin is lovingly dubbed the Holzhaus for its knotty wood interior. Located just 2 miles from the entrance to RMNP, this cozy hideaway offers comfortable living minutes from the entrance to pristine nature.

Step out onto the inviting deck to take in expansive views over the entirety of the mountains, then cozy up inside next to the moss rock wood burning fireplace for an at-home happy hour experience.

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Best Vintage Cabin

5. Historic Summer Cabin

1906 Vintage Cabin on1.5 Acres
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Why you should stay: Step back in time at this historical 1906 vintage cabin for a retro stay.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $375/night

Lovingly brought back to life, this notable summer cabin is set on 1.5 acres with epic Continental Divide views. Built in 1906, the cabin features original detailing, like old time wavy glass windows and a classic wood burning fireplace.

But not to fear, those who love modern amenities will not find them remiss, with a new barn wood kitchen fully stocked for dinner and recently updated bathrooms. Just a quick walk into town, you’ll have all that Estes Park has to offer right at your fingertips.

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Best Stay Close to Downtown

6. Newly Built Cabin

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Why you should stay: For a taste of the finer things in life, this luxury cabin has it all.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $299/night

Centrally located in the heart of Estes Park, this recently built cabin is rustic, yet stylish for the comfort of any young family. Offering brand new appliances, the avid home chef will delight in whipping up a gourmet meal, or you can skip cooking all together and dine-in at one of the many downtown restaurants just outside your door.

Designed for utmost privacy, each floor has its own bedroom and bath, so you can spend as much time together — or apart — as you’d like.

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Just Out of Town

7. Traditional Log Cabin

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Why you should stay: A secluded, rustic log cabin that provides easy access to town.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $258/night

Found tucked away amid Colorado’s breathtaking mountains, this vacation rental sits at 7,000 feet elevation for incredible vantage points and complete privacy. Decked out in true log cabin style, the all-wood interior is an architectural marvel and the giant wraparound deck provides the perfect place to kick back and relax.

While far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the home provides easy access to the highlights of Estes Park like Lake Estes for a kayaking adventure, Estes Park Museum for educational fun and of course, Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Best Lakefront Cabin

8. Mountain Village Escape

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Why you should stay: Incredible views over Lake Estes to be enjoyed at the indoor/outdoor fireplace.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $720/night

Paradise can be found just outside the quaint mountain village of Lake Estes, with an on-the-water cabin ready for your exclusive use. Sprawling over 1,577 square feet, there are not one, but two master suites to choose from, as you nestle into your home away from home.

Step out onto the patio to indulge in an afternoon nap while being drifted to sleep by the sound of the waves, or hop in the jacuzzi for some ultimate R&R. The cabin overlooks uninterrupted views of the shoreline and provides easy access to the trail that circles the lake for dramatic views of Longs Peak.

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Best Stay for the Views

9. Range View Cabin

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Why you should stay: Standing high on a hill, this custom home features the most majestic views in town.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $455/night

For the ultimate mountain retreat, look no further than aptly named Range View Cabin. Crafted from an original log home design, the property sits on 2 acres of land offering panoramic views over Long’s Peak, Lumpy Ridge, the Continental Divide and the Stanley Hotel.

By night, cozy up on the outdoor wrap-around deck to enjoy incredible stargazing opportunities removed from light pollution. This home is incredibly family-friendly, with a pack n play available, high chair use and plenty of children’s books and games to keep the little ones entertained.

For the whole family, gather together around the stone fireplace to enjoy arguably the best sunset views you can find in Estes Park.

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Best A-Frame Cabin

10. Cozy A-Frame

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Why you should stay: A comfortable stay with the best view of Columbia Lake and the Never Summer Range.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $275/night

Get away from the city and reconnect with nature at this peaceful A-frame cabin, surrounded by woodlands that are home to elk, moose, deer and other furry friends. Tucked away right by the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park and a quick drive to the town of Grand Lake, this spot makes an incredible home base for an outdoor adventure.

Decked out for year-round use, the nearby Nordic Center offers the best winter activities in town like the free tubing hill and cross country skiing, while Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Grandby provides easy boat rentals and secret swimming holes for some summer fun.

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