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These gorgeous—and mostly secluded—Airbnb rentals offer something special that you won’t find from a hotel or resort. From log cabins to tiny homes, here are nine unique dwellings scattered throughout the Centennial State that are available for your next immersive getaway. Act quickly, because these unique, high-demand getaways book fast.
Closest Town: Gateway
Cost: Starts at $150 per night
Located just a few miles from the Utah border, and about an hour’s drive from Grand Junction and Palisade, this modern yurt in Gateway is inspired by the dwellings of the nomadic tribes in Mongolia. Spanning about 760 square-feet, the space can hold up to eight guests, and features a bath, full kitchen, hand-carved log bed, and rocking chair. The yurt itself sits within Unaweep Canyon, overlooking the unique, geological rock formation. The close proximity to the canyon offers a wide range of recreational activities from hiking and biking to rock climbing and horseback riding.
Closest Town: Carbondale
Cost: Starts at $265 per night
Relive your childhood dreams and stay in a real treehouse. Built in 1971, the Rocky Mountain Tree House sits 25 feet above ground on four 100-foot spruce trees with a winding rock staircase leading up to the front door. Built by hand, the home features unique details like a rock shower and two skylights. A four-person hot tub sits on one of the two decks with views of the night sky. While the treehouse feels secluded, popular hikes like Hanging Lake Trail are only 15 minutes north of the house.
Closest Town: Creede
Cost: $150 per night
If you want to escape to the San Juan Mountains, undoubtedly one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain ranges, consider booking a stay at this backcountry yurt. Located four-and-a-half miles from downtown Creede, this refurbished yurt sleeps up to four people and is surrounded by nature. Although the accommodations are modest—no electricity or running water—the host has equipped the space with everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay. For colder nights, a wall of wood and a fire pit sit on the outside deck, overlooking Campbell Mountain and the La Garita Wilderness area. In addition to the rustic accommodations, the yurt has unlimited outdoor access for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and fishing.
Closest Town: Buena Vista
Cost: $240 and up per night
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this creekside log cabin is the perfect location for mountain adventures. Sitting at the base of Mount Princeton in Buena Vista, the cozy, two-bedroom cabin has a wood-burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and access to Cottonwood Creek.
Closest Town: Black Hawk
Cost: Starts at $245 per night
Pack the car, grab the kids, and head to this secluded cabin outside of Nederland. This three-story, log cabin fits 4 comfortable, and features an outdoor hot tub(!) that overlooks South Boulder Creek, a large front lawn with a hammock, games, and lounge chairs, and private access to two hiking trails.
Closest Town: Carbondale
Cost: $215 per night
If you consider camping “roughing it,” then book a night (or two) at this chic yurt. Residing on the Cedar Ridge Farm, the Mongolian-style yurt features wifi, one queen-sized bed and two twin beds, a kitchen, a living area, and an exterior safari-like tent for showering. The yurt’s deck overlooks a pond and views of Mount Sopris, situated in the Roaring Fork Valley. In addition to the deluxe accommodations, the property shares land with the farm’s horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and alpacas.
Closest Town: Buena Vista
Cost: Starts at $450 per night
Not only is this cabin within walking distant to hiking, climbing, and rafting, the two-bedroom residence has its own private hot spring. The Merrifield Cabin—which is a fully restored 1920’s cabin—sits on Cottonwood Creek, across from Cottonwood Hot Springs. In addition to a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom, the host supplies its guests with slippers, towels, and robes to make the private hot spring experience even more enjoyable.
Closest Town: Lyons
Cost: $249 per night
If you’re hoping to spend time in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Little Red Treehouse is the perfect place to rest your head after a day of hiking. Located in Lyons (about 30 minutes from RMNP), the treehouse features 360-degree views and access to Lyon’s shops, restaurants, hiking and bike trails. Although it only has one bedroom, the treehouse’s nook on the top floor offers a private sleeping space.
Closest Town: Grant
Cost: $130 per night
Inspired by hygge, the Danish word to describe coziness and comfort, this A-frame house is just that—cozy. Located in the Rocky Mountains, the 1970’s remodeled cabin sits on 3.5 acres of land with access to trails. The home spans 1,400 square-feet with an open floor plan fit to accommodate up to four guests. The home is also outfitted with a fully-quipped kitchen, books, board games, and a private, outdoor steam sauna.