The 10 best Airbnbs in Colorado, from a chalet with a sauna near Denver to a cabin with a hot tub in Durango

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  • Colorado is a scenic year-round destination for skiing, hiking, and outdoor activities.
  • Airbnbs across the state are particularly popular, so it’s best to book early.
  • There are currently no travel restrictions to enter Colorado, and experts say it’s safe to stay in an Airbnb.

Colorado offers an ideal year-round nature-filled vacation. The Rocky Mountains make it easy to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe in winter or hike during warmer weather. There’s also gorgeous fall foliage, and plenty of buzzy restaurants and world-class art in cities like Denver.

I’ve been spending much of the pandemic savoring Colorado’s wide-open, natural surroundings and I’m hardly alone. There are no COVID restrictions to visit Colorado and some of the best vacation rentals are being booked months in advance.

If you’re considering a road trip to the Rockies or getting a head start on planning a future trip, it’s never too early to consider your lodging. Here’s where to start.

Browse all the best Airbnb homes in Colorado below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

Here are the best Colorado Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

A tumbleweed tiny home in Fairplay, $79

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Book this tiny home in Fairplay on Airbnb starting at $79 per night

Designed and built by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, one of the leading tiny home companies, this all-pine-wood property is located in an RV and cabin site in Fairplay, the mining town made famous by the show South Park. In fact, not far from the rental is an open-air museum dedicated to the show. Breckenridge is also just a 30-minute drive away.

Like most tiny homes, this one is chicly designed to make the most out of its limited size via clever storage spaces and a loft bedroom with a Queen-size bed. There’s also a bench that serves as the unit’s main seating area that can be expanded into a twin bed for additional sleeping space. Heat, air-conditioning, and a decent kitchen with an induction stove are included as is access to community hot tubs (seasonal from Memorial Day to Labor Day).

Off-site, outdoorsy pursuits from hiking to fishing are never too far away. And considering the region’s history as a mining town, visitors can also try their hand at gold-panning.

This tiny home has plenty of open dates over the next few months, until the fall.

A cozy tiny house in Colorado Springs, $82

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Book this house in Colorado Springs on Airbnb starting at $82 per night

Despite its smaller square footage, this thoughtfully decorated tiny carriage house packs in a lot of personality. Located just outside Colorado Springs’ newly blooming downtown core, this is a convenient accommodation choice if you’re looking to experience the region’s natural attractions such as Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

The “bedroom” of this studio is actually a sleeper loft accessed by a pipe ladder, which could potentially pose some mobility concerns. The main floor of the unit is nicely furnished with the original carriage-house door from the 1900s, faux fur couch throws, quirky framed artwork, and a midcentury console in the living room. There’s also a fireplace for cozying up during the colder months. The bathroom comes with a tub surrounded by subway tiles and the kitchen is small but has all the necessities, including a mini-fridge stocked with local beers.

The adjacent garden is accessible to guests. There’s also a fire pit, and herbs grown on raised planters are yours for the picking.

This studio has plenty of availability over the next several months beginning at the end of April.

A historic city home in Denver, $114

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Book this home in Denver on Airbnb starting at $114 per night

This playfully decorated one-bedroom carriage house, which dates back to the 1800s, is an ideal home base for exploring Colorado’s booming capital city thanks to its central location. Parks, shops, restaurants, and public transportation are all within walking distance.

Despite its historic bones (there are beautiful exposed bricks throughout), this home has been updated with modern elements, including a dishwasher, air conditioning, Netflix, and heated floors (including in the bathroom). Perks like garden access, a hot tub, and a gym (shared with other homes on the property) elevate the experience.

But it’s the quirky interior decor that truly makes this house special. A repurposed dresser is now the bathroom counter, a license plate collage hints back at the property’s previous life as a garage, and wood-frame windows act as a wall that separates the bedroom from the living room.

This property has scattered availability over the next few months with more dates opening up for spring and beyond.

A midcentury hygge chalet in Grant, $176

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Book this chalet in Grant on Airbnb starting at $176 per night

One of Colorado’s most popular Airbnbs, this 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom cabin is full of relaxing features for a self-contained vacation. Located in a semi-secluded forested pocket of Grant, a Platte Canyon town about an hour away from both Denver and Breckenridge, this home is as tasteful as it is tranquil.

The A-frame construction in vibrant blue hints at the design-forward interiors. But before you even enter the cabin, you might spot the steam sauna on the deck — one of the cabin’s signature amenities. Inside, there’s a midcentury lean to the decor. Furnishings are minimalist, textured, and have enough rustic touches to match the natural landscape outside. There’s a fireplace, memory foam Queen beds, and walk-in showers.

Outside, in addition to the sauna, seasonal add-ons include a grill and hammocks. Wi-Fi can be spotty given the tucked-away location, but there is a cabinet full of board games to keep guests entertained. Or, just hang out in the back deck, looking at the pretty mountain views.

Because of this rental’s popularity, it’s currently booked until late fall, but travelers who like planning ahead can find plenty for the end of the year.

A ski cabin with a hot tub in Durango, $181

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Book this cabin in Durango on Airbnb starting at $181 per night

In southwest Colorado, near the border of New Mexico, this rustic-chic two-bedroom cabin is conveniently located right next to Purgatory Ski Resort, a 1,500-acre ski destination popular among locals. In fact, the slopes are so close, guests can watch lift chairs swinging just over the deck. Though it’s not quite a ski-in/ski-out property, other active pursuits can be done right at its doors, including hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing.

While the cabin technically has two bedrooms, one is a lofted sleeping area. Interiors toe the line between vintage and rustic, with wood snowshoe wall accessories, pendant lights of exposed bulbs tied to thick knots, and lots of wood treated in a variety of finishes. There are also plenty of windows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The cabin’s list of amenities also includes an indoor fireplace, a hot tub, and a cedar sauna. 

This cabin has open availability in the coming months.

A modern cabin in Pike National Forest, $232

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Book this cabin in Pike National Forest on Airbnb starting at $232 per night

This newly renovated cabin in Pikes Peak Resort is a marriage of modern luxury and secluded rusticity. The cabin was treated to a recent comprehensive facelift to match the stunning Rocky Mountain views that surround it.

A three-bedroom, two-bathroom hideaway in the middle of Pike National Forest, the cabin is perched along a ridge overlooking a picturesque lake and meadow. The log construction offers up the ultimate in bucolic charm and even the bed frames are constructed with what could be blonde tree trunks and branches. The recent renovation included updating the outdoor deck, the bathrooms, plumbing, and flooring as well as installing a brand-new kitchen and the outdoor hot tub, which is perfect for star-gazing.

Considering the location in a national forest, staying here means quiet and seclusion. But more intrepid thrill seekers won’t have to venture far to find activities like mountain biking, ATV riding, fishing, and snowshoeing.

This cabin has very limited availability in spring, but dates open up starting in June.

A riverside A-frame in Basalt, $241

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Book this riverside cabin in Basalt on Airbnb starting at $241 per night

For a discreet getaway, consider this red-roof A-frame cabin in the quaint town of Basalt, located 20 miles north of Aspen. It’s the epitome of country charm.

This one-bedroom refuge is nestled along the Frying Pan River on Dallenbach Ranch, a 140-acre expanse that is regularly visited by deer, big-horn sheep, and turkey. In addition to the cabin, guests are given access to a mile-long private section of the water, where catch-and-release fly-fishing for trout is permitted.

The accommodations are thoughtful but modest. There is a Queen-size bed, plus a pullout sofa in the living room, making it an ideal choice for a couple or small family. The cabin comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor grill, and Direct TV. While cell reception is available, there is no Wi-Fi here.

This property has scattered availability in the next few months.

A four-bedroom cabin in Grand Lake, $248

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Book this cabin in Grand Lake on Airbnb starting at $248 per night

Surrounded by a few different lakes (including Columbine Lake and Grand Lake), this four-bedroom woodsy cabin is especially great for larger groups like multi-generational families or pods of friends. Its location near Rocky Mountain National Park makes it an equally ideal booking for outdoors enthusiasts.

There are four bedrooms with different bed configurations to accommodate as many people as possible. One is set up with three Twin beds, while another has a King bed and a Twin bed. The rental also has plenty of lounging spaces, such as two living rooms and large decks on both the front and back sides of the house. You can move the portable fire pit to either side. Convenient amenities like a washer/dryer and indoor fireplaces make long-term stays possible.

The interior decor provides a homey but global feel. The leather pouf ottoman, the Native American-inspired textile throughout, and patterned rugs are complemented with deer antler wall fixtures and minimalist coffee tables.

It’s important to note, however, that while this property is part of a residential community, on-site features like the clubhouse, the horse pasture, and the gazebo can’t be used by renters.

The cabin has plenty of open dates over the next few months.

A ski-in/ski-out penthouse condo in Breckenridge, $608

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Book this ski condo in Breckenridge on Airbnb starting at $608 per night

As one of the country’s top ski resorts, Breckenridge’s accommodation pool fills up quite often. As far as rental options go, this stylish three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo (big enough to fit up to 10 people) is among the most popular, especially because you can ski in and out of the building.

Just yards away from Breck’s downtown core and Quicksilver SuperChair, the location is the biggest selling point. But within its four walls, there’s still a lot to complement a day on the mountain. Handsome decor includes wooden ski wall fixtures, vibrant area rugs, and lots of wood surfaces to reinforce the chalet inspiration. Both bathrooms have tubs, including a larger soaking tub in the master bathroom. There’s also a fireplace in the living room, and outdoor patios that overlook the Rockies.

Recreational amenities like the gym, outdoor fire pit, as well as a sauna and steam room are shared with the building.

This condo has open availability throughout the year, aside from the month of June. 

A modern glass house in Winter Park, $925

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Book this glass house sanctuary starting at $925 per night

This sprawling, three-bedroom mountain house is a splurge-worthy booking for families or traveling pods. Its location just outside Winter Park’s ski resort means the property is perched over gorgeous views of the trails and boasts easy ski access. For city time, Denver is just 70 miles away.

The striking interiors mean there’s much to enjoy before you even set foot outside. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer round-the-clock visual access to Winter Park’s stunning natural landscapes, not to mention tons of sunlight during the day. The open floor plan is layered with modern furnishings, such as bright, high-end leather couches and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances.

All three bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, the loft area is outfitted with a Queen-size pullout bed, allowing the house for a maximum occupancy of eight guests. Other perks here include outdoor lounges, a hot tub, and grilling equipment.  The host also makes himself available to assist with guests’ needs, from shuttle services to grocery delivery.

This property is available starting in April, well into next year.

FAQ: Can I travel to Colorado right now? Here’s what you should know.

How do I book a vacation rental home in Colorado on Airbnb?
You may search for homes on Airbnb and filter results based on location, price, date, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. Once you’ve found a home you want to book, check for cancellation policies, and review your price in full. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies on Airbnb are different for every home and set by each host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb home right now?
Experts say that private home rentals on Airbnb are safe, especially when compared to hotels. They eliminate interactions with others, and hosts must follow enhanced cleaning procedures. However, there’s still an inherent risk to traveling and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.

Can I travel to Colorado right now?
There are currently no COVID restrictions for travel and entering Colorado, but be sure to read up on the most recent rules and regulations, and pay close attention to any restrictions implemented by the individual county you’re interested in visiting. Additionally, there is still no guarantee when it comes to safety with travel right now. We recommend following CDC guidelines including social distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing, and taking extra precautions when traveling to or from a COVID hot spot.

Is it safe to ski right now?

If you’re wondering if skiing during COVID is safe, we talked to experts about the potential risks. And with proper cautions, skiing and snowboarding can be considered relatively low-risk activities. Additionally, all of the Colorado ski areas have introduced new COVID-related safety precautions in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, so it’s a good idea to check each resort’s specific policies. You may also check Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 updates for additional details on infection rates, testing sites, and the recently renewed mandatory mask-wearing requirement.

Some common changes for the 2020-2021 ski season include mandatory face coverings, social distancing, advance reservations, cashless transactions, and reduced restaurant seating. Many resorts are also limiting capacity, especially for peak dates, so be sure to check your dates and book early. 

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