From the Rockies Playground to the Pioneering Plains, it’s no secret Colorado boasts an array of outdoor activities. What may surprise Colorado travelers is the diverse range of lodging options across the Centennial State; from solar-powered huts and hip hostels to cabin living and overnight accommodations in a jail, train station or castle. Colorado.com shared these unique properties that ensure adventure doesn’t end at the door but begins the moment you check in.
Huts, Yurts and Teepees:
(Arapahoe Valley Ranch)
Arapaho Valley Ranch, Granby – This 200-acre family-owned ranch offers guests a range of lodging options from “glamping tents” outfitted with southwestern flair to 20-foot teepees equipped with queen-sized beds. The property sits at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and is a short distance from jagged windswept peaks, alpine tundra and a small glacier.
Collective Vail, Wolcott
– Overlooking Vail Valley and surrounded by 1,000 acres of working ranchland, Collective Vail gives you a taste of gorgeous Colorado countryside within easy driving distance of a modern resort town. The award-winning tent accommodations offer en-suite bathrooms and plush king-sized beds. Guests can explore the surrounding trails by horseback or sip the best varietals the area has to offer.
Platte River Fort, Greeley
– Located along the South Platte River with hiking and cycling trails on the property, this fort can accommodate up to 37 guests in its variety of luxury suites, courtyard bedrooms and rustic bunkrooms and makes for a picturesque event setting. Adventurous visitors can also stay the night in their comfortable yurts set along the river or in an upscale covered wagon.
Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts, Leadville
– Sleep under a blanket of Colorado stars in a cozy off-grid yurt. Located just nine miles from the historic mining town of Leadville, guests hike or ski to their accommodations. The yurts come furnished with handcrafted log beds and a soapstone wood stove. Guests can also dine at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse or order in-yurt catering.
Thelma Hut, San Juan County –
Powered by solar energy, this brand new backcountry hut is nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Perfect for those who seek an off-grid experience but still want the luxuries of everyday life, Thelma Hut offers a hut host who cooks breakfast, afternoon soup and dinner. The hut comfortably sleeps eight and accommodates skiers and hikers alike, being just steps from world-class trails and accessible to pristine backcountry skiing.
Weston Pass Hut, Twin Lakes –
Located just a short drive from the Front Range, this backcountry hut faces an open valley with stunning views of Mount Holy Cross and the surrounding mountains. The 1,600-square-foot hut sleeps 20 people and was built from locally sourced materials.
Gunnison River Farms, Austin
– Situated along two arching bends on the Gunnison River in the Mountain & Mesas region of Colorado, this property offers an array of lodging options; from historic, yet renovated, cabins to a pseudo-tent that’s cantilevered over the river. The farm is known for local adventures like whitewater rafting and trophy trout fishing and is a romantic location perfect for a weekend getaway.
(Monument Lake Resort)
Monument Lake Resort, Weston
– Comprised of a 22-room hotel, 13 cabins and multiple RV and tent campsites, this lakeside resort offers a lodging style for every traveler. The adobe-style cabins are cozy and quiet while the hotel offers visitors a warm fireplace and a patio to decompress after a day exploring the 368-acre property.
Royal Gorge Cabins, Cañon City
– Close enough to the action but not too far from the beaten path, the Royal Gorge Cabins offer first-class amenities along with sweeping mountain views. The modern cabins provide a perfect balance of modern-day luxuries and off-grid tranquility.
Willow Lodge Cabin, Walden
– This family-owned log cabin brings modern simplicity to everyday mountain life. Located near the base of Bull Mountain, the property has direct access to a snowmobile trail, as well as a private two-track ski trail, and sits at the entrance to the State Forest State Park. Sitting on 30 acres, there is no shortage of space to explore. The cabin can accommodate up to 20 guests and features a wood-burning fireplace.
Windsock Acres, Creede
– Windsock Acres offers three distinctive cabins for guests to book, each with unique architecture and interior themes. With immediate access to historic downtown Creede, guests are encouraged to experience the renowned Creede Repertory Theater and explore the various galleries and restaurants at the base of sheer cliffs surrounding town.
Yellow Pine Ranch, Cuchara
– Yellow Pine Ranch has served guests since 1927. At 8,500 feet, the ranch offers rustic, western hospitality nestled in the picturesque Cuchara Valley. The ranch offers a variety of activities including horseback riding, fishing, barbeques, marshmallow roasts, hiking and more and is within walking distance of the Village of Cuchara.
Motels and Hostels:
Amigo Motor Lodge, Salida
– This renovated motel from the 1950s came into being after an unlikely first date conversation, where a couple mutually expressed interest in owning and remodeling a roadside motel. Years later, the pair accomplished what they set out to do from the beginning. This boutique motel perfectly merges its existing architecture with southwestern textiles and minimalist design to form a unique ambiance that is indeed Instagram-worthy. Visitors also find plenty of scenic trails and challenging hikes right in Amigo’s backyard.
The Bivvi, Breckenridge
– Ever heard of a hostel that boasts a hot tub ensuite? Now you have. Revolutionizing the Breckenridge lodging scene, this hostel overlooks the Ten Mile Mountain Range and is a budget-friendly option for travelers looking to enjoy the ski season. Guests can expect free parking, complimentary breakfast and free-flowing conversation.
The Bunkhouse, Minturn
– The Bunkhouse boutique hostel is a unique lodging experience for mountain enthusiasts who value affordability and community. The Bunkhouse offers a warm, comfortable, clean, and hip atmosphere for travelers and is an affordable lodging option for backpackers, skiers and other travelers exploring Colorado.
ColoRADo Adventure Hostel, Colorado Springs
– Opened in fall 2018, this 55-bed hostel is the first, and most “rad” hostel in Colorado Springs. Serving the explorers and adventurers coming to the Pikes Peak Region, this hostel offers a mix of shared accommodation and private rooms, social common areas, a 420-friendly area, daily events and ski trips.
Hostel Fish, Denver
– One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets, this hostel is conveniently located in downtown Denver and boasts views of both Coors Field and the Rocky Mountains. With a luxe, modern interior and a craft cocktail lounge, this unique space evokes the feeling of a hotel rather than a hostel.
Solarium Hostel, Fort Collins
– Located in the heart of Fort Collins, this Spanish-inspired villa offers a tropical retreat from the road, whether one is riding solo or traveling with a crew. More than just a place to stay, the hostel features a botanical courtyard, an in-house yoga studio and 40-foot teepees. It also rents out bicycles to those interested in cruising around one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities.
Unique Hotels and Inns:
Best Western Movie Manor, Monte Vista
– This hotel is attached to the drive-in theatre of the same name, Movie Manor, and gives guests the luxury of watching the evening’s film from the comfort of their own room. Drive-in movies at Movie Manor are scheduled regularly from mid-May to mid-September. Surrounded by mountains, historic Monte Vista is great base location for the Great Sand Dunes National Park or any other adventure to be found in the Mystic San Luis Valley region.
The Crawford Hotel, Denver
– Located in Denver’s historic Union Station, The Crawford provides guests with a bustling yet luxurious downtown experience. With a panoramic view of the cityscape with the Rockies as a backdrop, this unique hotel is a top choice for train-travelers and city staycationers alike.
Highland Haven Creekside Inn, Evergreen
– Just steps from Bear Creek, this inn offers a variety of accommodations to suit guests needs including suites, cottages, lofts and its most recent addition, the TreeHouse. This three level, two-story one-of-a-kind hideaway offers ultra-luxe bedding, a gorgeous chandelier, stained glass décor and a Jacuzzi with spectacular views into the surrounding Blue Spruce trees. Plus, Tesla owners can even charge up onsite.
Public House, Crested Butte
– A favorite on Elk Avenue, this pub and music venue now offers music-themed lodging in its three loft suites. Each spacious suite features a complimentary ensuite minibar—the perfect nightcap after enjoying a show.
Redstone Castle, Redstone
– Constructed in 1902 for coal baron John Cleveland Osgood, Redstone Castle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and now operates as a unique event location and lodging property. The recently renovated facility offers guests to stay in its seven specialty suites with access to private fishing along the Crystal River and private trails on 150-acre grounds. (Featured image)
The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Springs
– This resort features 24-hour access to 23 hot springs onsite—including five exclusive, adults-only pools for ultimate relaxation. A short drive from Wolf Creek Ski Area, guests can relax in the pools after a day on the slopes or indulge in a soothing treatment at the day spa.
Station on the Riverwalk, Pueblo
– This family owned and operated hotel is repurposed and reinvented from the same building that once served as the town’s jail and police station—and the hotel owns its historic past. Its rooms are known as “cells” and the speakeasy-inspired Clink Lounge is a hip spot for casual drinks or events. Situated next to Brues Alehouse, guests can enjoy a show at the brewery’s concert venue before turning in to their cells for the night.