17 Best, Coolest & Unique Airbnbs in Colorado

by Mac Misseldine

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Tired of staying at the same hotels? Book one of these unique Airbnbs for a Colorado vacation you’ll never forget.

Colorado is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting world-class skiing in the winter and just about every kind of outdoor activity you can imagine over the summer. From hiking to mountain biking, river rafting to fishing, and climbing to mountaineering, you’re guaranteed to find a good time in this Rocky Mountain paradise.

Of course, it’s not all about the outdoors around here. Head to the Mile High City and you’ll find an exhilarating urban hub with delectable international cuisine, craft spirits, and a thriving art scene.

Whether you’re here for the great outdoors or the Denver nightlife, the best way to transform your trip into something spectacular is with a unique vacation rental. And when it comes to unique accommodations, it’s tough to beat Airbnb.

Here’s our take on the most unique Airbnb vacation rentals in Colorado, covering everything from rustic cabins to quaint farmhouses and luxury glampgrounds.

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1. Chalet Tarentaise

Chalet Tarentaise Colorado cabin Airbnb

Why you should stay here: A rustic-contemporary “birdhouse” cabin that’s five minutes from Steamboat Ski Resort.

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: Varies by season
  • Pets allowed: No

Aptly nicknamed the Birdhouse Cabin for its unique architecture and hillside perch, Chalet Tarentaise offers luxury accommodations for large groups and families on holiday in Steamboat Springs. During the winter, the villa even comes with a continental breakfast and shuttle service to the neighboring ski resort and market.

Guests will enjoy sweeping valley views from a secluded neighborhood, especially from the private hot tub on the deck. Inside you’ll find four bedrooms — two with ensuite bathrooms — in addition to a spacious great room, rich wood floors, and an elegant stone fireplace.

This is an Airbnb Luxe property, so it comes with an array of add-on services and the assistance of a dedicated trip designer.

2. Il Podere

Il Podere Colorado Airbnb

Why you should stay here: A sprawling hilltop villa overlooking the Vail Valley that marries classic Italian style with modern luxury.

  • Sleeps: 18
  • Minimum stay: Varies by season
  • Pets allowed: No

Il Podere — or “the Farm” for those of us who don’t speak Italian — looks like it’s been transplanted straight from the hills of Tuscany. Italian elegance oozes from the classic architecture to the lavish interior, combining old-world features like exposed beams, stone walls, and stately fireplaces with modern furniture and amenities.

On the subject of amenities, there’s never a dull moment at Il Podere. The stunning property features a home theater, exercise room, sauna, basketball court, tennis court, hot tub, and heated pool. There’s a fully furnished terrace with a barbecue grill, so you can spend as much time as possible soaking up the sunshine and views outside.

An Italian villa wouldn’t be complete without a wood-burning pizza oven, so grab a cookbook and come prepared with a few recipes to try for pizza night.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Il Podere is also an Airbnb Luxe property, replete with add-on services like fresh groceries, butler service, equipment rental, and a personal chef.

3. A Mine Shaft

A Mine Shaft Colorado Airbnb

Why you should stay here: A ski-in/ski-out chalet that pays homage to Colorado’s rich mining history with a rustic exterior and vintage reclaimed materials.

  • Sleeps: 20
  • Minimum stay: Varies by season
  • Pets allowed: No

I have to admit that spending my vacation in a mine never crossed my mind — until now.

Of course, A Mine Shaft isn’t actually a mine. Rather, it’s an exquisite mountain mansion with an array of modern amenities, styled after the classic Colorado mines that dot the countryside around Breckenridge. It’s filled with vintage reclaimed materials and decor, including oak floors from a Kentucky barn, a Wyoming snow fence, banisters made of ski lift cable, and a handcrafted dining table from Patagonia.

The design speaks for itself, so let’s talk about the amenities. The 2013 Parade of Homes winner features an expansive great room, home theater, game room, gourmet kitchen with chef-grade appliances, and six bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Skiers will love A Mine Shaft, as it’s within walking distance of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Rocky Mountain Super Chair, Colorado Super Chair, and Claimjumper Trail.

4. The Henry Lee House

Henry Lee House Colorado Airbnb

Why you should stay here: A historic 19th century Victorian house built by Henry Lee, father of the Denver Parks system.

  • Sleeps: 16+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

After serving as a family home for more than 120 years, the historic Henry Lee House in Denver’s trendy LoHi neighborhood is now taking reservations. Guests will enjoy the rare opportunity to stay in a historic landmark, with 4,000 square feet of living space, two living areas, and a formal dining room offering ample space to entertain.

The new owners of the Henry Lee House did an excellent job preserving the home’s Victorian character while modernizing the decor and adding luxury amenities. Take a look around and you’ll be delighted to discover that the home retains its original floors, wood trim, doors, windows, and fireplace.

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5. The Honeymoon House At Milston Well Farm

The Honeymoon House At Milston Well Farm

Why you should stay here: A quaint country cottage set on a photogenic farm with beautiful views.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

Situated just 15 minutes east of Boulder, The Honeymoon House at Milston Well Farm features idyllic farmhouse accommodations with grand views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. As the name suggests the cottage is a popular vacation rental for newlyweds, offering convenient access to nearby hiking trails, fishing holes, and ski resorts.

The farm itself is a designated historic landmark, and the property is often reserved to host weddings and photo shoots. The hosts are a custom furniture maker and professional interior designer, and their talent clearly shines through the cottage’s charming farmhouse-chic interior.

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6. Trolley Car Guest House at the Roost Farm

Trolley Car Guesthouse at the Roost Farm

Why you should stay here: An urban farm near downtown Denver with a cottage built around a historic trolley car.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

The Trolley Car Guest House at the Roost Farm has a few things going for it. First, it’s set on a beautiful urban farm that’s just outside of downtown Denver. Between the scenic property, fun animals, and seasonal creek, guests will enjoy a rare respite from the busy metropolis without having to actually leave the city.

Second (and as you may have already guessed by the name), the cottage is built around a historic Denver streetcar. The original trolley windows provide ample natural light, illuminating a chic interior with beautiful furniture and original artwork.

If the Trolley Car Guest House is booked but you still want to experience the Roost’s urban farmhouse escape, check out the other Farm Cottage on the property.

7. The Hellena

The Hellena

Why you should stay here: A historic church with a completely remodeled interior that’ll have you singing “take me to church!”

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

For truly divine accommodations, check out the Hellena — a historic Greek Orthodox Church in the heart of the Mile High City.

Don’t worry, you won’t be sleeping on the pews here. The Hellena’s interior was completely remodeled in 2016, transforming the space into a modern luxury apartment with five bedrooms, seven beds, and 4.5 bathrooms. The mattresses are handcrafted in Denver by Urban Mattress, guaranteeing you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep every night.

The Hellena features two master suites, a choir loft with extra guest beds, and a tiny house built into the great room that we’ll call the mother-in-law suite. The kitchen boasts all new appliances with a 13-foot waterfall island, and the living room features a beautifully designed modern-industrial gas fireplace as the centerpiece.

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8. The Black Monarch

The Black Monarch Hotel

Why you should stay here: A boutique hotel in a historic 19th century building that served as a casino, saloon, and brothel during the gold rush.

  • Sleeps: 16+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

If the Black Monarch’s walls could talk, they’d have well over a century of stories to tell.

Originally wired by Nikola Tesla, the historic building served as a casino, saloon, and brothel during the gold rush until a massive fire broke out in 1899. It was rebuilt after the fire, and while the current interior has been modernized to deliver luxury amenities it still honors the rich history and classic architecture of the original building.

Guests at the Black Monarch can rent the entire four-bedroom property for large groups, perfect for parties with up to 16 guests. Alternately, you can rent individual suites like the H.H. Holmes Room, Elizabeth Bathory, Nikola Tesla Room, and Black Annis Room.

Local legend says the Black Monarch is haunted by a miner who was killed in a gunfight, so bring your camera to see if you can capture any paranormal activity!

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9. The Vista Dome

The Vista Dome

Why you should stay here: A geodesic dome situated on three acres of private land with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: Yes

As the name suggests, the Vista Dome features a unique golfball-like roof. It’s not the only geodesic dome for rent in Colorado, but it’s one of the largest and best-designed domes on Airbnb.

The Vista Dome sits on three acres of private land in Jefferson, affording ample seclusion and plenty of room for your dog to run free (that’s right, it’s a dog-friendly property!). The dome is surrounded on three sides by national forests, and guests will enjoy 360-degree views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains from the property.

The secluded cabin sleeps eight guests with four bedrooms and five beds, making it an ideal choice for large families. The surrounding area offers hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and off-roading, and it’s about an hour away from Buena Vista and Breckenridge.

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10. Wonder Haus Earth Home

Wonder Haus Earth Home

Why you should stay here: An earth home with a quirky exterior and magical living space.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

The Wonder Haus is a passive solar earth home that redefines the concept of unique vacation rentals. It’s “intentionally unconventional,” blending radical architectural design with a welcoming Southwestern style and chic decor.

Guests will have access to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 10 beds in the Wonder Haus. There’s a full kitchen and 12-seat dining table inside, and an outdoor fireplace and chiminea outside where you can soak in the fresh mountain air.

The home also features a three-story observation tower that’s available upon request, which is a must for travelers with an eye for stargazing.

The Wonder Haus sits on seven acres surrounded by the San Juan National Forest, so you can count on seclusion and stellar views. Pagosa Springs is also home to the world’s deepest geothermal hot springs, so be sure to bring your swimsuit.

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11. The Little Red Treehouse

The Little Red Treehouse

Why you should stay here: A photogenic treehouse on the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

Perched in the trees near the RockyGrass festival grounds in Lyons, the Little Red Treehouse is the perfect size for adventurous couples. The two-person treehouse provides everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a full-size Murphy bed, private shower, bathroom, a compact kitchen with a refrigerator, heating and air conditioning, electricity, and WiFi.

On top of the opportunity to slumber in the treetops, the Little Red Treehouse serves as an excellent basecamp for adventure. Head south to go rock climbing in Boulder, venture east to hike Rocky Mountain National Park, or hit the water for kayaking and fishing in just about any direction.

12. Phoenix Ridge Yurt

Phoenix Ridge Yurt

Why you should stay here: A secluded mountaintop yurt with astounding views of the San Juans and La Garita Wilderness.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: Over summer

Let’s be clear about this one — you don’t stay at the Phoenix Ridge Yurt for five-star accommodations. This vacation rental is all about the scenic vistas, and boy does it deliver with jaw-dropping views.

Perched at 10,600 feet in elevation on 27 acres of private land encompassed by the Rio Grande National Forest, the Phoenix Ridge Yurt features astounding panoramic views of the San Juan Mountains.

There’s a thousand-foot drop-off from the front porch into the magnificent East Willow Canyon and Phoenix Park, replete with perennial waterfalls and rugged cliffs. Beyond that is the secluded La Garita Wilderness, overshadowed by the towering La Garita Mountains.

Inside the Phoenix Ridge Yurt you’ll find two comfortable beds that can accommodate up to four guests. There’s an attached yurt with a composting toilet and shower stall, a propane oven/range, an outdoor propane grill, and basic lighting from battery-powered lanterns and solar LED lights.

Keep in mind that you’ll need a 4WD vehicle to reach the yurt over the summer, and it’s a two-mile snowshoe hike to the yurt over winter when snow shuts down the road. Dogs are permitted over summer, but they’re not allowed once it starts to snow.

13. DEKO Ranch Tipi

DEKO Ranch Tipi

Why you should stay here: Slumber near a peaceful creek in a classic Native American tipi with luxury accommodations.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

Nestled near a creek on a photogenic horse ranch, the Tipi at DEKO Ranch offers a modern glamping experience in a classic Native American tipi. The tipi sits on an elevated wood deck, featuring a comfortable queen-size bed, indoor and outdoor fire pits, a gas grill, and electric lanterns.

DEKO Ranch is a working horse ranch, so you can book a private horsemanship lesson for hands-on fun or just sit back and watch the horses run. Elle the ranch dog is always up for a game of fetch, and Kirby the fainting goat is so excited to meet you that he might pass out.

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14. Black Tree Resort

Black Tree Resort

Why you should stay here: A luxury glamping experience that pairs backcountry splendor with modern amenities.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

Black Tree Resort takes the concept of glamping to a whole new level with opulent accommodations, scrumptious cuisine, and customized adventure itineraries. Whether you’re an adventurous couple, active family, or business executives on a corporate retreat, you’re guaranteed to be impressed (and revitalized) by this exquisite nature retreat.

Situated on a secluded 80-acre plot bordering Pike National Forest, Black Tree Resort delivers gorgeous backcountry vistas. The campsites are well spaced to provide plenty of peace and quiet, and each site comes with a golf cart to traverse the spacious property.

Inside the extravagant tents, guests will find handcrafted furniture, luxury bedding, classic Pendleton blankets, and a wood-burning stove. The tents are equipped with solar-powered lighting and outlets, and there’s plenty of seating between the loveseat and dining table.

Outside, the campsites feature a private bathhouse with a toilet, shower, sink, and Rocky Mountain Soap Market Toiletries. There’s additional seating on the deck, Adirondack chairs around the private fire pit, and a picnic table for alfresco dining.

Technically Black Tree Resort isn’t on Airbnb, but that’s a good thing — you can skip the middleman-markup and book directly with the property owners.

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15. Moose Haven Cabin At 22 West

Moose Haven Cabin at 22 West

Why you should stay here: An off-the-grid A-frame cabin surrounded by spellbinding scenery.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: Yes

When you’re ready to unplug from society and reconnect with nature, spend a few nights at the Moose Haven Cabin. One of five secluded cabins at 22 West, this classic A-frame cabin offers unrivaled views and unfettered access to Routt National Forest and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

The Moose Haven Cabin offers a cozy interior with two bedrooms, two beds, and a foldout sofa bed. There’s solar power for the lights and outlets, and a well providing potable water.

Outside the cabin, guests will have access to a fire ring, gas grill, picnic table, and several chairs. There’s an outhouse about 20 feet from the cabin, and a shared shower house about 100 feet away.

The accommodations at the Moose Haven Cabin are great, but it’s the scenery and location that truly shine here. The property is just a half-mile away from the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, where you’ll find more than 60 trails and 70 waterfalls.

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16. Mountaintop Tiny House

Mountaintop Tiny House Boulder Colorado

Why you should stay here: A designer-built tiny house boasting 30 acres of privacy and killer views of the Front Range.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

This Mountaintop Tiny House in Boulder is a little house with big views. Inside, there’s just 160 square feet of living space. Outside, the home sits on 30 acres of private land with unrivaled views of Boulder and the Front Range.

The interior is well lit, which helps the space feel bigger than it really is. Guests can sleep on a roll-out queen mattress or in the king-size hammock loft. That said, you’ll probably spend most of your time on the deck soaking in the scenic vistas, so don’t fret over the square footage.

17. Claim Jumper Creekside Cabin

Claim Jumper Creekside Cabin

Why you should stay here: A rustic cabin with a luxury modern interior that hearkens to the Colorado gold rush.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

On the outside, the Claim Jumper Creekside Cabin honors the area’s rich mining history with a rustic exterior of wood and sheet metal. Step inside and the 19th century setting quickly gives way to a luxury interior with modern amenities and impeccable design.

The small kitchenette means you’ll be doing most of your cooking outside on the propane grill, but that’s a small sacrifice that’s dwarfed by the comfortable accommodations and gorgeous design. We love the exposed wooden beams, rustic barn doors, classic wood-burning stove, and elegant bathroom.

Plan Your Next Adventure

Now that you’ve got your eye on a unique Airbnb, it’s time to start planning your Colorado adventure. Grab your hiking boots and check out our favorite hikes near Denver, Telluride, Colorado Springs, and Breckenridge.

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