While many campgrounds and cabins throughout Colorado state parks remain closed, private cabin rentals are taking spring, summer and fall reservations

By Shauna Farnell

As stay-at-home orders begin loosening across Colorado and elsewhere in the world, there’s no question that people are suffering from varying degrees of cabin fever. However, with lasting social distancing measures, cancellation of events and closures (including, as of May 5, cabins and campgrounds at Colorado state parks), summer travel and vacation options remain limited. Given the circumstances, there is probably nothing more enticing or a better cure for stay-at-home cabin fever than a private cabin getaway in the woods … or anywhere surrounded by sprawling natural beauty of some sort. Let’s be honest, we could all stand to get a little Henry David Thoreau about now.

“Cabins are ideal as they are designed as stand-alone accommodations for families that create natural social distancing,” says Mariah Hughes, Operations Director at YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby. Both YMCA of the Rockies locations – in Granby and Estes Park – are “planning on full and robust summer and fall seasons” and are taking cabin reservations from June 1 to Nov. 30. Cabins range from two-to-five bedrooms with bathrooms and full kitchens. Most are pet friendly and all come with “plenty of space to spread out” indoors and outdoors, including easy access to numerous nearby hiking trails, waterfalls and wildlife viewing areas.  

“Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented in our lodging and common areas used by our guests and staff. All rooms, linens and touchpoints will be cleaned and disinfected using chemicals and procedures chosen specifically to kill COVID-19,” Hughes says.

Until pandemic restrictions lift enough for the YMCA properties to open with their regular schedule of in-person workshops, classes and adventures, they are offering at-home programs such as online yoga, photography classes, sing-a-longs and crafts (there’s no better time to make a bird feeder out of a pine cone, people).

get-away-from-it-all cabin porch

Additional get-away-from-it-all venues currently taking cabin reservations include:

Never Summer Nordic yurts and cabin

While many of Never Summer’s cabins and yurts remain closed, the North Park Willow Lodge Cabin and the North Park Yurts are open. Both are located on private land near the entrance of State Forest State Park, appropriately (getting back to the Thoreau reference) in the small town of Walden, about two hours from Fort Collins. Both the cabin and yurts are rustic (no running water or electricity), but the Willow Lodge Cabin is equipped with solar lights, fully stocked cooking area, a double outhouse, huge outside deck, charcoal grill and fire pit and can accommodate up to 20 people. The yurts sleep up to five and come with an outhouse, charcoal grill, propane cooktop and woodburning stove.

Mesa Lakes Cabins

Situated on the Grand Mesa, Mesa Lakes’ private cabin options range from cozy bungalows (with electricity and fire pits, but no plumbing) that sleep two to four people, to large cabins that sleep up to 12 and come fully equipped with all modern amenities, down to the gas fireplace and coffee maker.

Colorado Cabin Adventures at Grand Lake

From the outside, these real log cabins look like something you’d find in the Old West, but each one of them (studio to three bedrooms) is equipped with a flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, full kitchen, bathroom and all the comforts of a hotel, plus cookies. 

For further information about the reopening of cabins and campgrounds in Colorado state parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife posts regular updates here.

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