It’s no wonder why Colorado Springs is a popular vacation destination—the surrounding Rocky Mountain scenery is sublime, for starters, and the sprawling city is the gateway to the famous Pikes Peak summit. Then there’s the vibrant downtown, filled with more than enough museums, restaurants, and shops to keep you busy. Just as you'll find tons to see and do, there’s a variety of charming Colorado Springs vacation cabins to suit your itinerary. You can stay within easy reach of commercial districts, or make your base in a mountain cabin for quick access to outdoor adventures.
Pikes Peak cabin rentals
Fourteeners are mountains that are at least 14,000 feet tall, and Colorado has 53 of them—the most of any state in the US. Pikes Peak isn’t just among the most beloved fourteeners in Colorado, but also one of the most accessible. At 14,115 feet, this summit is the highest in the Rocky Mountains’ southern Front Range, and if you’re not keen on hiking or biking up the mountain, you can save your energy and just get behind the wheel. Better yet, sign up for a guided tour so you don’t have to keep your eyes on the road, and get to bask in the glorious natural scenery instead. (Fun fact: A trip to Pikes Peak inspired poet Katharine Lee Bates to pen the lyrics to the patriotic song “America the Beautiful.”) Pikes Peak cabin rentals are ideal if you’re visiting Colorado Springs for this popular mountain. At the same time, you’re only a dozen or so miles from downtown Colorado Springs, so in case you want to indulge in some retail therapy, get pampered at a spa, or sample beers at some of the local breweries, the center of town is just a quick drive from your vacation rental.
Vacation cottages in Old Colorado City
If you want to keep close to downtown Colorado Springs, consider the getaway cabins in Old Colorado City, or as locals call it, OCC. Besides offering a good mix of shops, restaurants, and galleries, this lively commercial district has a distinctive legacy. It was founded in 1859 as the original capital of the Territory of Colorado, and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Old Colorado City vacation home rentals also make it easy to visit the rest of Colorado Springs’ points of interest, such as the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods, whose red sandstone formations are around 300 million years old. Activities at this natural attraction include hiking, biking, rock climbing, bird-watching, and horseback riding. Visitors keen on museum-hopping won’t be disappointed, with diverse stops like the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Meanwhile, sports fans may want to tour the US Olympic Complex, the country’s flagship training center for Team USA athletes. Before retiring to your Colorado Springs rental cabin at the end of the day, you can also go on brewery tours, self-guided art walks, and foodie trips to the farmers’ markets.
Cabins for rent around Cheyenne Mountain
An alternative to Pikes Peak is Cheyenne Mountain, located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs. You can book a cabin rental in and around Cheyenne Mountain State Park, whose 20 miles of trails will whet your appetite for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. Families will enjoy a visit to the popular Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the highest zoo in the US at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level. It’s home to a famously large giraffe herd—hand-feeding the long-necked creatures is one of the zoo’s signature experiences—and there are also several rides, including an open-air chairlift that lets you take in the surrounding scenery. From the zoo, you can visit Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a 100-foot-tall observation tower that overlooks Colorado Springs. This listed historic place is also the final resting place of Spencer Penrose, who built many of the city’s key attractions, including the zoo and The Broadmoor, a historic hotel that’s become a Colorado Springs attraction in its own right. You can tour the hotel grounds, which are situated at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain.