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10 best Airbnbs in Colorado

Pining for a picturesque mountain getaway? Check out these amazing stays

By George Blew
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When you're looking for your next vacay spot, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more aesthetically-pleasing state than Colorado. With mountains, deserts, canyons, forests and rivers, this rugged state is a real beauty. Four National Parks provide bunches of hiking routes. If you visit during the ski season, you will scoot down some of the best slopes in the world. And don’t even get us started on the wildlife. Unreal. 

In short, it’s all rather magical, and the accommodation is equally as special. We’re talking cute wooden cabins nestled next to woodland creeks and treetop huts with jaw-dropping vistas. So dig out your walking boots and get booking – the Rocky Mountains are a-callin'.

Note: please check the latest travel advice before booking. 

 

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The little red treehouse

Awesome hikes, fishing and bike trails are within easy reach here, not that you’ll want to leave once you’re holed up in this adorable treehouse. Just big enough for two, this treetop retreat crams in a compact kitchen, a separate bathroom, dining space and terrace, and the views will leaf you breathless. See what we did there?

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The retro airstream

Does it get much more Americana than the Airstream? This iconic 1958 Silver Stream camper trailer is a delight, with its red rocky backdrop and custom-built verandah shaded by a juniper tree as old as time (okay, maybe not but it's really old). The secluded idyll has miles of hiking routes from its doorstep – trek to the nearby canyon and you’ll find the hidden tipi where you can have a night under the stars. Dreamy.

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The happy hippy house

Attention hippies: we have found your spiritual home, and it’s in Leadville, Colorado. With more tie-dye than a Grateful Dead fan club reunion, this three-bedroom 1880s home is a homage to psychedelia, with multi-coloured everything, living room, kitchen, porch and outdoor fire pit. Oh, and every room is stocked up with rolling papers, just sayin’.

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The one with free beer

This tiny home is based in Colorado Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, but more importantly, it comes with free coffee, snacks and locally brewed beer. Yep, free beer. Just what you need after climbing the nearby Manitou Incline (just under a mile of steps built into the side of a mountain), trekking across the Broadmoor Seven Falls, or just hauling your suitcase up the ladder to your bedroom – that deserves a beer, too.

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The hygge chalet 

Inspired by the Danish concept of hygge, this 1970s A-frame chalet is hidden in 3.5 acres of woodland and features a separate Finnish sauna, a high-spec living space, two bedrooms and a porch with an outdoor grill and hammocks. Once booked, you’ll get access to the chalet’s online area guide, with top tips for restaurants, hikes and ski resorts – minimal forward planning required. 

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The creek-side cabin

After a long day of hiking, rest your weary legs in this cabin’s private hot spring, pimped-up with LED lights. Inside, the three-bed space is all cosy wooden cladding, cute woodland-inspired furnishings and rustic hand-built furniture. There’s decent technology, too, with your set of bluetooth speakers included. Just fire up the wood-burning stove, settle in and try not to argue over the Spotify playlist.

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The fishing retreat

Fishing fans will be in their element here, with the Frying Pan River and its rainbow trout residents just inches from the front door. Inside the A-frame building is a well-equipped kitchen, a TV and a queen-size bed. Love waking up to the sound of the river? This could be the cabin you’re angling for.

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The chic cliff-side house

Looking for something more minimal? This envy-inducing cliffside house is just the ticket. Muted, elegant interiors make for a relaxing and stylish retreat. There’s no TV here. Entertainment comes in the form of lighting the fire and snuggling into a hand-carved rockface alcove with a good book. Almost better than ‘Gogglebox’ with a brew. 

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The desert glamping spot

Go off-grid in the desert with this luxe tent. Inside it’s simple but comfy, with a big double bed and a plush velvet sofa. A short walk away from top bouldering spots, it is nearby a permaculture farm that is developing sustainable living practices if you’re feeling sociable. Otherwise, soak up the peace and quiet, watching the sunset while swinging in your private hammock. 

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The tiny one

Based near the picturesque town of Basalt, this tiny home is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside. A short drive away, you’ll find the world-class skiing of Aspen, Glenwood Springs, white-water rafting and Rio Grande bike trails. Inside there is a modern, light-filled space, with a mezzanine double bed and secluded private terrace. Small but perfectly formed. 

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