Colorado has its fair share of standard hotel rooms, mountain cabins, and condos that can accommodate you on your travels. But if you want to stay somewhere a little … weird … we have a plethora of quirky vacation rentals that can make your trip to Colorado even more memorable.
Take a look at these 11 options that range from an alpaca farm to a train van to a former prison:
1. The House of Gnomes, Lyon
Price per night: from $ 159
The house of the gnomes, formerly known as the Hobbit House, is just one of the many small spaces for rent at the WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyon. You enter the 170 square foot home through a pretty circular door, and inside there are lots of wood and earthy accents. The little house sleeps four people on a queen-size bed in a mezzanine and a sofa bed on the ground floor; it also has a bathroom with shower and kitchen. This accommodation will make you wonder if you are in New Zealand or Colorado!
2. Bed and Breakfast at Sopris Alpaca Farm, Silt
Price per night: $ 149
Wake up to alpacas at this B&B located in a historic building nestled between animal enclosures. This unit at Alpaca farm Sopris is a studio, with a queen bed, a sofa bed, a full kitchen and 3/4 bath. There is a porch and picnic table from which you can have a light breakfast outside in warm weather. Feed the fluffy alpacas by hand and by animal, and if you are lucky there will be some cute babies close at hand!
3. The greenhouse sanctuary, winter park
Price per night: from $ 600
With floor-to-ceiling windows, stellar views abound in this home nestled in the mountains of Winter Park, nicknamed the Greenhouse shrine. Nature is never far away in this 3,600 square foot vacation rental that features an open floor plan. The modern home has three bedrooms, a bespoke kitchen with high-end appliances, a fireplace, and a patio with a hot tub.
4. Jersey Jim Lookout Tower, Mancos
Price per night: $ 50
the Jersey Jim Lookout Tower was used by the US Forest Service to spot wildfires from the 1940s to the 1970s. Today you can book an overnight stay 55 feet above ground from late May to mid-October. The accommodations are rustic – perhaps more “camping” than “glamping”. The tower living space has heating, a propane stove and refrigerator. Basic cooking utensils and a cot are provided, but you will need to bring your own bedding.
5. Gypsy chariot, Redstone
Price per night: $ 110
AT Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs, former dormitories of shepherds tending to a flock in the mountains, have been transformed into glamping accommodation. The very small space (maximum occupancy: 2) is not ideal for very tall people (my 6ft 2in husband struggled to fully stand up in the Gypsy Wagon). But it’s close to the impressive natural hot springs on site, and you can use the bathroom in the changing rooms there. The wagon has heat for winter stays and an outdoor barbecue is at your disposal.
6. Mermaid’s Cottage, Del Norte
Price per night: $ 189
The colorful, whimsical Mermaid’s cottage is located on a 35 acre farm that is powered only by the sun. There’s a bedroom, a small kitchen area, and a bathroom in the funky 200 square foot freestanding structure. Guests are steps away from adventures in the San Luis Valley: hiking, biking, bird watching, stargazing to name a few.
7. Treehouse Hot Springs, Nathrop
Price per night: from $ 350
Technically, the Hot springs from the treehouse the accommodation is not in a tree, but it is an octagon-shaped raised dwelling with a 360-degree treetop view in Colorado’s Chalk Creek Valley. The spacious place has five bedrooms as well as an indoor pool fed by natural hot springs and maintained at 96 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Two different indoor gathering spaces make this a good option for multiple families or generations of guests.
8. 19th century cabin, Red Feather Lakes
Price per night: from $ 175
Imagine that you are a pioneer in this field authentic log cabin which dates back to the 1800s. It is located on a 400 acre ranch, so you will enjoy lots of privacy. As guests of this four-person home, you will have access to private hiking trails and you can fish in a fishing pond with release. In the early evening, relax outside on the patio to watch cattle grazing in the distance.
9. A former police station, Pueblo
Price per night: from $ 170
Station on the Riverwalk is a boutique hotel located in what was once the Pubelo police station and prison. Here, the seven rooms are nicknamed “cells” and the on-site bar is called The Clink. (Smart!) The bedrooms are modern, some with exposed brick, and one even has the original jail cell bunk beds, but with comfortable, updated mattresses.
10. Caboose Train, Steamboat Springs
Price per night: from $ 205
A former caboose is now basic accommodation at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, a popular place to bathe in natural mineral springs. The caboose has a gas fireplace, bathroom with shower, small kitchenette, solar lights and a full-size sofa bed. Other accommodations here – including cabins and a boxcar – are even more rustic.
11. Airstream at Camp V, Vancorum
Price per night: from $ 275
Once an abandoned mining camp, Camp V is an artists ‘and creatives’ paradise with all kinds of accommodations – from campsites and cabins to a super cool 25-foot refurbishment. Airstream trailer named Sheila. The stylish Airstream is air conditioned and has two twin beds, a bathroom and a small kitchen. Guests can come together in a number of indoor and outdoor art spaces in this rural location.
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