Ready to go "glamping"? Yurts and backcountry huts offer the serenity of camping with the glamorous perks of modern life (think beds, heat, electricity, and even running water in some). Some require a hike or skis to get to the front door, others are accessible by car -- all are very family friendly.
For those who want to stay somewhere out-of-the-ordinary, we've rounded up a list of Colorado yurts and huts that will make your sleeping accommodations as memorable as your vacation.
Yurts and Cabins at Golden Gate Canyon
Only 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon offers such amenities as two yurts, five cabins, and tent-sites in two different campgrounds. Visit the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. With pristine bathrooms nearby, a budget-friendly price tag, and dogs allowed, these huts are truly family friendly. Bonus: Some are available year-round.
See All Colorado State Park Huts and Yurts at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Lodging.aspx
Broome Hut on the West Side of Berthoud Pass
These are the first in a new series of huts being built and maintained in the backcountry of Grand County. Situated at 11,350 feet at treeline in the Second Creek Basin, the Broome Hut offers 1,800-square-feet of space to backcountry skiers and hikers and can accommodate up to 16 people. It’s spacious deck angles toward the impressive Second Creek Headwall, a beautiful sight at sunrise when the first rays of daylight illuminate its rocky face. Amenities include a kitchen, kitchen utensils and cookware. More information: www.huts.org
High Lonesome Hut on Lonesome Peak Northeast of Tabernash
The High Lonesome Hut offers a warm and comfortable refuge for skiers, snowshoe trekkers, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The hut includes running water for showers, flush toilets, a kitchen for cooking meals, and if you want to go light, there is even a gear-transport service for an additional fee. At night, visitors can warm themselves by the wood-burning fireplace or gaze up in wonder at a dizzying array of stars. The hut can accommodate up to 12 people. More Information: www.lonesomehut.com
Yurts at Snow Mountain Ranch
YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch has played host to families, large groups and outdoor lovers for generations. In summer and winter, visitors can reserve one of the ranch’s 12 yurts, which are separated from the rest of the property in an aspen-laden “yurt village” (but still within walking distance of the zipline, archery, pool and tennis court facilities). Each yurt can accommodate six people and they include a queen-size bed, a bunkbed and bed linens in summer. More information: snowmountainranch.org/lodging/#yurts-campgrounds
Never Summer Yurts in the Medicine Bow Mountains
Hungering for a remote yurt with a challenging hike? Backpacker.com highlighted the Never Summer Yurts. All of the yurts are woodstove-heated, sleep five, and have a big outdoor deck for soaking up rays or watching sunset.