Anyone who’s been through 2 feet of snow in freezing temperatures to get to a hut in the Colorado backcountry can tell you what adventure winter accommodation can be like here.
For everyone else, there are huts, cabins and huts that are much easier to approach.
They are located from Estes Park to Pagosa Springs and scattered in the mountains in between. They offer winter activities such as tube sliding and snowshoeing on site. They have saunas, wood-burning fireplaces, and hot tubs or springs nearby for warming up. A few are more rustic, while others feel downright extravagant for a “cabin” in the woods.
And while you can drive to their front porches, these Colorado winter destinations are no joke. Some may be snowy or require all-wheel drive. As Flying Moon Cabins owners Lindsay and Alex Dalton tell their guests, bring plenty of food, dress accordingly, and purchase travel insurance in case winter plans change.
Other than that, get ready to start the kettle and stack the firewood. Here are six places to book for a winter getaway off the beaten track. He is about to get comfortable in these areas.
Flying Moon Cabins
Or: 7 miles southwest of Idaho Springs along Chicago Creek
How are they : Expect everything analog with a Wi-Fi connection just strong enough for any urgent job at hand. Otherwise, it’s screen-less time inside these mid-century booths outfitted with furniture and decors straight from the ’70s. Each of the four units includes a record player and a small vinyl sample (think John Prine, Carole King) from the owners’ own collection. And aside from the tastefully updated bathrooms, these are vintage flowery sofas, mustard-yellow kitchen appliances, and woodwork galore, plus plenty of second-hand books and knickknacks to explore while in. installing. Outside, there are nooks and crannies to discover along the creek (when the snow has not covered them), and paths to follow in the woods.
Best winter gear: All cabins are well insulated and heated, and they offer full cookers and ovens for preparing meals. The White Rabbit comes with a private sauna in a converted hangar just steps from its front door.
Cost: From $ 125 a night for The Cardinal, The Canyon Rose, and The Wild Iris, or $ 140 for The White Rabbit. Note that while dogs are allowed for an additional charge, children are not. Adults only, please. Book on flyingmooncabins.com.
Or: 28 miles east of Basalt along the Fryingpan River, in the former Diamond J Lodge
How is it : Beyul is a wilderness sanctuary about an hour from Aspen, but much further still in terms of true disconnection. The exit from Frying Pan Road is epic for those who have never seen this part of the state, with red rocks framing the valley, then opening up to the 1,000-acre Ruedi Reservoir whose views punctuate the journey. Once you walk through the gates of the property the real fun begins with room for hiking and exploring, art to be discovered in nature (guest artists in residence; see also live music regular and themed retreats), then 11 secluded cabins, plus eight main lodge rooms to stay overnight.
Best winter gear: Gas fireplaces heat the cabins, and a communal sauna and hot tub are centrally located on the property for guests to use. While there is no convenience store or restaurant within 30 minutes, the main lodge has a small pantry of drinks and dry items that can be prepared in the basic kitchens on site.
Cost: From $ 99 per night for a lodge room and up to $ 499 for the largest cabin for 12 people. Book on beyulretreat.com.
Or: 13 km southwest of Pagosa Springs
How is it : This mud house became a big hit after being featured on Netflix’s “World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” over the summer. The location is located on 7 acres, surrounded by the San Juan National Forest, with drive-through access to the less frequented Wolf Creek and Purgatory ski areas. Unlike just about any other property, Wonder Haus can feel completely snowy (and largely underground) once winter hits. It is heated with passive solar energy, which means the temperatures are constant and cool inside. Fortunately, you will find plenty of blankets and places to warm up. Don’t get too much inside, as there is an observation tower on the third floor for stargazing.
Best winter gear: An epic central fireplace in the Great Room for gathering at night, space for snowshoes and sledding, and the geothermal hot springs of Pagosa a few miles down the road.
Cost: $ 400 to $ 500 a night. Book on Airbnb at tinyurl.com/dvn7x38w.
Or: One mile outside of downtown Boulder, nestled at the foot of the Flatirons.
How is it : This 123-year-old National Historic Landmark combines the best of its original summer camp setting with modern upgrades and renovations that make it comfortable all year round. Nearly 60 cabins are scattered throughout the property, which also includes two pavilions, a dining room, a general store and a concert hall. And it’s all within 40 miles of Boulder’s best hiking trails. Once inside, the century-old structures were filled with artisan furniture, Smeg refrigerators, and rocking chairs. The newest, Mary H. Galey Cottage, sleeps up to 12 with two hot drink bars, a grand piano and a stone fireplace.
Best winter gear: Concerts, conferences and entertainment throughout the season, with a WinterFest special (think holiday market, sleigh rides) just before the holidays.
Cost: Approximately $ 250 per night for studios and up to $ 1,000 per night for the 12-person Mary H. Galey house. Book on chautauqua.com.
C Lazy U Ranch
Or: 7 miles north of Granby near the Willow Creek Reservoir
How is it : An all inclusive luxury ranch that does all winter long with ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking all season long. It’s cabin travel for the couple or family who wants everything taken care of and options for everyone to enjoy winter at the ranch. The cabins are Western luxury, the dining room is a wooded pavilion serving aged beef, rack of lamb and food and wine pairings. And outside there are fire pits for warming up at night and groomed trails for bundled up horseback riding during the day.
Best winter gear: The spa experience (massages, facials) is not to be missed – it’s usually located in a glamping-style setup next to Willow Creek, but moves indoors in colder weather.
Cost: Starting at $ 410 per night for adults and $ 200 per night for children (includes lodging, three gourmet meals per day and ranch activities). Book on clazyu.com.
Or: Located on the grounds of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
How is it : Built in 1910 next to the historic Stanley Hotel, this colonial-style mansion was originally used as a men’s residence (see: temperamental bachelor pad). It’s now a lovely boutique option for all travelers at The Stanley, with a lobby-side lounge with oversized leather sofas and a fireplace. There are also lounges upstairs to sit with a book and coffee and enjoy the view of Rocky Mountain National Park. And a grand staircase provides a good backdrop as you live out your dreams of âThe Shiningâ in the dead of winter.
Best winter gear: You really have everything you need onsite at The Stanley, from the old-fashioned bar serving a huge selection of whiskeys to the new Post Chicken & Beer serving comfort food like thigh fries alongside homemade IPA, lagers and pilsners.
Cost: Approximately $ 319 to $ 399 for a Lodge room during the winter season. Book on stanleyhotel.com.
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