Where to find the best riverfront cabins in Colorado

Where to find the best riverfront cabins in Colorado
Colorado river cabins
The outside of a cabin rental in South Fork, Co.

While there are countless reasons to visit the Centennial State, many travelers are drawn there by the same activity: experiencing its renowned outdoors. While the craggy mountains and meadows of wildflowers are not to be missed, a riverfront cabin in Colorado is the perfect pairing of nature and comfort. Book one of these cozy homes and you’ll have a front-row seat to fly fishing, kayaking, or just letting the sound of the water lull you into total relaxation.

Riverfront cabin on a river in Estes Park.
Estes Park, CO

Fall River

Featured cabin rental: On the River

Estes Park is considered the base entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. When you visit, why not keep the adventure going after you leave the trails? Sit back on the porch and savor the area’s scenic peaks, forests, and gorgeous Fall River. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, and bears.

With Fall River right beyond your door, you can dip your toes in the water, cast a fishing line, and feel your worries slip away. In town, you’ll find plenty of options for restaurants, cafes, outdoor outfitters, and wilderness tour programs for all ages.

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Image of Colorado River surrounded by fall leaves.
Drake, CO

Big Thompson River

Featured cabin rental: Dream Catcher on the River

Located in the Big Thompson Canyon, carved from its namesake river, Drake offers a perfect balance of secluded wilderness and convenience, with Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park just a 20-minute drive away. Savor a slower pace with Drake’s small-town appeal and gorgeous river views.

Cast a line into the Big Thompson River from the comfort of the backyard and reel in a fresh fish dinner. Watch for the area’s abundant wildlife and reconnect with the great outdoors.

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San Juan River in Colorado on a sunny day.
Pagosa Springs, CO

San Juan River

Featured cabin rental: Riverfront Lodge

Outdoor activities abound in Pagosa Springs, and the fun doesn’t stop when you reach your riverfront cabin rental. The town itself is known for its rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, surrounded by the rugged San Juan Mountains. Bring your skis to Wolf Creek Ski Area, study ancient Puebloan dwellings at Chimney Rock National Monument, or tackle a swath of hiking trails.

If you’re hoping to fish during your stay, you might reel in some impressive brown trout and rainbow trout from the comfort of your cabin rental. Split your time between unwinding in the hot springs and cooling down by the San Juan River.

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Cabin overlooking wildness and a river with mountains behind it in Redstone, CO.
Redstone, CO

Crystal River

Featured cabin rental: The Cabins at Filoha Meadows

Looking for an outdoor getaway a little further off-grid? Resting on the other side of the Elk Mountain Range from Snowmass and Aspen, Redstone is a quiet, remote mountain community located a 23-minute drive south of Carbondale. Redstone Historic District is home to a tiny population of just over 120 people, who call the gorgeous mountain views and Crystal River home.

Fill your vacation with hiking trips to Hayes Creek Falls, touring art galleries, or sightseeing historic sites like the Redstone Coke Oven Historic District. Redstone is the perfect spot to unplug and connect with nature and loved ones. When you’ve tuckered yourself out with outdoor recreation, enjoy some well-deserved downtime along the banks of Crystal River.

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Cabin on the river with mountains in the background in Colorado.
South Fork, CO

Rio Grande

Featured cabin rental: Ponderosa

Couples, families, and solo adventurers love South Fork’s all-season outdoor activities. Tee off at the Rio Grande Club & Resort, take a fly fishing tour, or hit the ski trails at Wolf Creek Ski Area and Lake City Ski Hill. The town lies at the junction of the Rio Grande and South Fork Rivers, which means there’s no shortage of white water rafting, fishing, kayaking, or floating opportunities. You’ll also have nearly two million acres of Rio Grande National Forest at your fingertips, ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring with your pup.

Of course, the best way to experience the serenity of the surrounding waters and forest all around is a riverfront cabin rental. Roast s’mores by a fire pit, kick back in a hot tub, or snuggle up beside a cozy fireplace, all to the soothing tune of the Rio Grande flowing by.

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