We’ve already broken down the best places for camping in Colorado – but what if you want to go glamping instead?
Luckily, the Centennial State has countless amazing glampsites, glampgrounds, and glamping rentals, no matter which corner you hope to explore.
Whether you prefer a canvas tent, a cabin, or something more unique for your next trip, Colorado has all of your luxury camping needs covered.
Start your search with our top 7 picks for the best places to go glamping in Colorado.
Best Glamping in Colorado
Glamping certainly isn’t hard to come by in Colorado. But some glamping rentals are better than others. Here are 7 of the very best for all preferences.
Joyful Journey Hot Springs
You can’t really beat relaxing in the therapeutic waters of a natural hot spring.
And that’s exactly what the folks at Joyful Journey Hot Springs provide – a relaxing hot springs experience mixed with glamping.
Located in the San Luis Valley at the base of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, this Colorado glamping destination boasts comfortable glamping teepees and yurts as well as a host of more standard accommodations including lodge rooms and casitas as well as RV and tent campsites.
But the real draw are the hot springs pools. Enjoy amazing views as you relax in the clean, therapeutic waters. Numerous other spa activities are provided as well as additional activities like yoga classes and art classes.
Another draw of Joyful Journey Hot Springs is the proximity to Great Sand Dunes National Park and other southern Colorado attractions.
Dunton River Camp
Another hot spot for glamping near hot springs, Dunton River Camp is worth a visit whether you’re a visitor or Colorado local.
The camp provides spacious safari tents to overnight guests. These are outfitted with all the luxuries you’d find in a hotel but situated in an incredible outdoor setting for a taste of nature.
Most notable are en-suite bathrooms. These come complete with hot water, soaker tubs, and even tower warmers for the most luxurious camping experience imaginable.
Better yet? The location couldn’t be more beautiful. Set just across the mountain from Telluride and within a renovated ghost town, Dunton Hot Springs is truly a unique place to stay.
Dunton River Camp strives to provide a hands-off experience for guests. Their nightly rate includes not only glamping accommodations, but all of your meals and beverages as well.
Red Rocks Glamping
Red Rocks Amphitheater, here we come – few glampsites in Colorado are as convenient, or offer as great of views, as Red Rocks Glamping.
This luxury glamping resort offers your choice of pre-set glampsites or your very own campsite rental for DIY camping. If you choose a glamping rental, you’ll be greeted with a canvas glamping tent comfortably outfitted with your choice of two twin beds, one queen bed, or four camping cots.
What I like about Red Rocks Glamping is that it doesn’t go overboard. Sure, you get the luxuries of a real bed and some additional furniture, but it still feels like you’re camping.
Things to do near this Colorado glamping spot include hiking Mt. Falcon, taking in a show at the concert venue, or visiting the nearby town of Morrison, well known for its laidback mountain vibe.
Red Rocks Glamping is also conveniently located just minutes from I-70 giving you access to the mountains, from Denver to the Front Range.
Arapaho Valley Ranch
My family loves glamping at Arapaho Valley Ranch because of the beautiful natural surroundings near Indian Peaks Wilderness.
It’s the perfect place to explore Indian Peaks Wilderness as well as the rest of Arapaho National Forest for outdoor lovers. The area is chock full of hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities.
Without even leaving the property, you can walk to the headwaters of the Colorado River Valley and relax at the romantic “Kissing Swing” overlook.
As for the accommodations at Arapaho Valley Ranch, visitors can expect a selection of tipis, glamping tents, and cabin rentals as well as more standard rooms at the lodge not to mention normal campsites.
In my opinion, though, the tipis are your best bet for the full glamping experience. They are comfortable outfitted with queen beds (with two extra cots if needed) and a fully-stocked camp kitchen for all your meal preparation needs.
Vail Collective Retreats
For the most luxe Colorado glamping experience you can get, a stop at Vail Collective Retreats is in order.
The accommodations here still scream glamping but are outfitted more luxuriously than most others. Inside the spacious glamping tents, you’ll find comfortable beds with 1,500 thread-count sheets as well as comfortable furnishings and your very own wood stove.
Vail Collective Retreats is surrounded by over 1,000 acres at 4 Eagle Ranch with countless opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing, so you’re sure to get your outdoor recreation fix.
This Colorado glampsite is also notable for its on-site dining at Three Peaks Lodge. Delicious meals and libations are always close at hand. And don’t forget to check out the wine tasting.
Vail Collective Retreats is conveniently located near the town of Wolcott. There’s plenty to do in the local area, including a trip up to nearby Vail.
Green Sky Yurt Retreat
Keep it simple, yet luxurious, with a stay at Green Sky Yurt Retreat.
Located near Durango, this Colorado glamping retreat offers spacious and comfortable yurts fully furnished with real beds, wood stoves, and kitchenettes. You’ll even get a full private bathroom and a spacious outdoor deck to take in the views.
Green Sky Yurt Retreat is the perfect destination for glampers that like to stay active. Hiking and biking are just two popular activities to do in the area. Water activities like swimming and fly fishing are also close at hand.
Another fun on-site activity is canoeing. The retreat provides complimentary canoe use so you can get out on the water and relax.
Green Sky Yurt Retreat is the perfect glamping sanctuary to enjoy the stunningly beautiful San Juan Mountains.
Rocky Mountain Treehouse
Some of the best places for glamping in Colorado can be found on Airbnb.
Rocky Mountain Treehouse in Carbondale is one of these. Set high in the trees, this incredibly unique glamping rental is sure to make for the trip of a lifetime.
The treehouse welcomes up to 6 guests at once. It features four comfortable beds, a private full-size kitchen and bathroom, and a wood-burning stove.
All of this glamping luxury is suspended 25 feet off the ground between four 100-foot spruce trees.
Although there’s plenty to do in the Carbondale area, visitors here might find themselves simply relaxing at the treehouse and taking in the mesmerizing views from its spacious balcony areas.
DIY Glamping in Colorado
You don’t have to stay at an Airbnb, glampsite, or glamping resort to go glamping in Colorado.
It’s actually totally possible to go glamping on your own.
Known as DIY glamping, this is very similar to traditional camping – just with a few more luxuries thrown into the mix.
To really go all out, you’ll need a dedicated glamping tent (think a canvas bell tent), but any old camping tent will do.
Ditch the sleeping pad and sleeping bag in favor of a comfortable air mattress with fitted sheets as well as blankets and pillows from home.
Add in string lights and a camping lantern for the perfect ambiance. Maybe even bring a portable power pack for charging all of your important devices.
Don’t forget the furniture and cooking supplies. A comfortable camping chair as well as a dedicated camp kitchen (I always pack a French press for delicious camp coffee) make all the difference.
You might even consider investing in a portable camp toilet or portable solar shower if you plan to go glamping on a regular basis.
Basically, what we’re saying is this – you don’t have to spend money on a glamping rental. With just a few luxury items, you can easily turn your next camping trip into a glamping trip at any old campsite in Colorado.
Why Not Rent an RV Instead?
Another option to consider for glamping in Colorado is to take an RV instead.
An RV, trailer, or even a camper van makes the perfect glamping rig for exploring the Colorado mountains or any other part of the state.
An RV is pretty much the original form of luxury camping.
You’re still outside, in the wilderness, at a campsite. But you have all the luxuries of home right there with you, including a bathroom, kitchenette, living space, and comfortable bed.
Don’t have an RV of your own? Our guide to renting an RV will help you find the perfect rig for your Colorado glamping trip.
Find Great Glampsites in Other States
Glamping has exploded in popularity in recent years.
Today, you can find awesome glamping accommodations in every state.
We’re putting together a full list of best state glamping guides to help you find the best glampsites in each state.
Currently, we have guides for:
And don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to glamping 101 for the best tricks and tips, whether you prefer glamping rentals or DIY glamping.
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