If you are planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and want to stay in an Air B and B, Estes Park is your best bet. Just outside the park’s eastern entrance, the town has plenty of restaurants and stores, but also easy access to the park. There are also plenty of wonderful places to stay.
Use this guide to find the best apartment or house Airbnb near Rocky Mountain National Park. If you’d prefer a cabin, we have a separate guide with all the best cabins in and near Estes Park listed.
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Note that this guide was originally just focused on airbnbs, but I have revised and updated it to include other vacation rentals so that it includes more and better options.
Our pick for the best Airbnb, Estes Park, CO
We love the Hot Tub Mountain House for 8. This Airbnb in the Rocky Mountains area has it all, and the family pet can enjoy it too.
Why is the Hot Tub Mountain House the best Estes Park Airbnb?
This Airbnb in Estes Park with hot tub is very well appointed, and guests really will want for nothing. There’s a luxury hot tub, and each of the three bedrooms has its own private ensuite. Beautiful inside, the location of this gorgeous home is unbeatable – both in terms of scenery and access to the National Park and downtown.
Best Airbnb Colorado (Estes Park) Comparison Guide
These quick reference tables are here to help you decide between different vacation rentals, Estes Park, CO.
Airbnbs vary in terms of their type, price and guest ratings. To make it easier to decide between Airbnbs, the following table lists each place’s key features, so you can see at a glance the main benefits of each.
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|Mary’s Lake Studio
|Fall River Condo
|Hot Tub Mountain
A quick guide to booking an Airbnb, Estes Park, Colorado
When choosing the best Airbnb in Estes Park, Colorado, we have searched according to location, then narrowed only the best down to a range of different types. Our focus is on those that look great, are well positioned and attract great reviews from fellow travelers.
If you are traveling in winter, keep in mind that this area gets snow and most of the properties recommend that you have winter tires, chains or 4WD/AWD in order to access them in winter weather.
Types of Airbnbs in Estes Park
There are three main types of places to stay in Estes Park. Which type you will choose depends on other factors listed below. So, let’s take a quick look at the types available near the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Some rooms for rent in Estes Park, CO are described as studios or guest suites. This normally means they will have luxurious sleeping and sitting areas, as well as a private bathroom and some sort of kitchen facilities. The guest suites in this guide accommodate two to four people.
The apartments – or condos – listed here sleep four or five people. If you’re looking for an Airbnb in downtown Estes Park, then it’s most likely to be an apartment. Such accommodation is often purpose built and makes great use of available space.
Booking into a house is usually perfect for a family or group who require a little more living space. Houses tend to have more room both indoors and out. This type of Airbnb gives everyone plenty of areas in which to relax, socialize – and store their stuff.
Think of a mountain Airbnb in Colorado and a cabin may come to mind. Indeed, there are plenty of cabins available in the Rocky Mountain National Park area. You can find out more about those in this article on Estes Park cabins.
Your location can have a huge impact on the type of holiday you can have, so it’s important to consider this carefully. The main accommodation locations in the Rocky Mountain National Park area are in or close to downtown Estes Park.
Look for a downtown Estes Park property if you want to be close to bars, restaurants, stores and local breweries. Most rentals in the center of town are apartments.
Estes Park area
Many properties are in various parts of the local area. Some are still within easy reach of downtown, while others are further away in more serene locations. All are convenient for Rocky Mountain National Park as well as downtown amenities. A 10-minute car journey is the furthest you should need to travel from these homes to reach either.
Mary’s Lake Studio for 4
Another great option for stargazers, this studio is located less than quarter of a mile from Mary’s Lake, in a quiet area four miles from central Estes Park.
The open plan space is modern in style, while outside there is a deck and hot tub. Walls are decorated with the owner’s photographs of the area, giving the property a local feel.
Situated on the slopes of Prospect Mountain, the studio is a great place from which to watch the sunrise and see deer and elk. With its proximity to hiking trails, a rock climbing area, fishing lake and even a lake beach, this is ideal for outdoor types.
Scandi Style studio for 4
The Superhost owner of this rental hails from Norway, and that is reflected in the clean, bright Scandinavian style interior.
Positioned right on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park, guests can reach the park on foot. The Rock Inn Tavern is also within walking distance. If you do want to self-cater, the cozy, well-equipped kitchen will come in handy.
At 425 square feet, this duplex is small but perfectly formed, making a stylish retreat for anyone who wants to see mountains and wildlife.
Downtown Retreat for 4
If your idea of the perfect vacation is staying in a serene spot where you can walk everywhere, then check out this downtown apartment for four.
Close to the heart of Estes Park, guests here can enjoy riverside walks, visiting local breweries, dining in restaurants and more. A five-minute drive, meanwhile, will take you to the park entrance.
This immaculate, homely condo comes with full kitchen, cable TV, fireplace and access to a shared fire pit and grills.
Riverside Condo for 4
This immaculate condo is even closer to the heart of it all. Occupying a spot adjacent to the river and in the town center, this condo is just steps from the restaurants, shops and bars of Estes Park. Despite this, past guests have spotted the local Elk population just outside the front door.
There is outdoor space too, in the form of communal areas with BBQ grills, picnic tables and seating. With a Queen bed in the bedroom and a Queen sofa bed in the living area, this property can sleep up to four.
Fall River Condo for 5
If you like the sound of a private hot tub, swimming pool access and soothing mountain views, take a look at this condo.
Overlooking Fall River, the condo has a spacious deck with private hot tub. The outdoor pool is heated and available for guests’ use during summer, while in winter the host thoughtfully provides snowshoes.
Comfortable throughout, the remodeled condo has a luxury finish, vaulted ceiling and vintage touches. Both the national park and downtown are just five minutes away by car.
Prospect Panorama House for 6
Seeking a family-sized Airbnb in Estes Park that is pet friendly? This house for six should do very nicely.
With a sleek interior, views of Prospect Mountain and Lumpy Ridge, and a location just a few blocks from Estes Park’s best restaurant, this modern vacation home is filled with natural light. Families will love the large backyard – often visited by elk and deer – as well as the 4K TV, full kitchen and open plan design. The flat site also ensures great access, whatever the season.
Hot Tub Mountain House for 8
Pets are permitted at this mountain holiday home offering incredible views of St Mary’s Lake as well as the peaks. It’s perfectly placed for walking the dog, as well as access to downtown and the National Park.
The owner is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of anyone who books in. This means all sorts of high-end amenities are provided – from a deluxe hot tub to TV with Netflix and ensuite bathrooms with each of the three bedrooms. A modern property outside, the interior features wooden beams, luxury bathrooms and fireplaces on each level.
Lakeside Living for 8
This highly rated vacation home is tailor made for sociable family or group living. Inside, the open plan living area with huge flatscreen TV and football table are made for memorable nights in. Outside, there are two decks, a fire pit and hot tub in the backyard. Guests can wander to nearby fishing lake or bike paths.
This well-equipped home makes a great base for exploring this scenic part of Colorado. It’s a five-minute drive to downtown Estes Park or ten minutes to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Hilltop House for 8
Belonging to an Airbnb Superhost, this spacious house is set among the pine trees. Occupying an elevated site above Estes Park, the home is just five minutes from the Rockies.
Guests can also walk to downtown, where there are craft breweries, bars, eateries and shops to discover. The soothing sound of Fall River drifts up to the property, and deer or elk can often be seen grazing. Lumpy Ridge forms a breathtaking backdrop. This property allows pets, so you can even enjoy walking your pooch in this stunning spot.
Which is the best Airbnb, Rocky Mountain National Park for you?
We rate all the Airbnbs listed here very highly – as do numerous satisfied travelers. To read more reviews, click on the links below each listing.
Which is the best Airbnb for your vacation will depend on factors such as the size of your party, whether or not you have a pet, if you want to self-cater or be close to restaurants and stores, and the amenities you are looking for. Whether you’re a couple looking to spend most of your time outside, a family looking to self-cater and keep the kids happy or a group traveling together, we hope this guide makes the selection process a little simpler and faster.
Wherever you decide to stay, I hope this handy guide to selecting the best Airbnb near Rocky Mountain National Park helps you to have an incredible trip.
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James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.
He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks.
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