River Spruce

River Spruce

2 bedroom cabin (sleeps 6 but we only had 3 and loved the extra space!)
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Every Morning a basket of muffins is delivered for breakfast! YUM!!!
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5.0
#2 of 24 campgrounds in Estes Park
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.9
Value
4.8
Leave your cares behind and embark on an adventure in nature when you stay at River Spruce. You are treated to the best of both worlds: the oneness and beauty of the outdoors with all the comforts of home. Relax in your private hot tub by the river or roast a few marshmallows over the fire pit in front of your cabin. This is a place to truly relax, reflect, and renew your spirit.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Hiking
Fishing
Books, DVDs, music for children
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
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Seating area
Clothes rack
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Romantic
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English
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Maddie D wrote a review Jul 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have nothing but praise for this amazing property and property managers. They went above and beyond to make us feel safe and comfortable while visiting during Covid, with a spotless sanitized cabin and personal sanitizing station. We are cautious and have been quarantining for months, and the spacing of the cabins felt significant enough that we weren't nervous of our neighbors. The views of the river can't be beat, the cabin has all of the comforts of home, and the personal hot tub and fire pit are the icing on the cake. The property is quiet and feels very safe. It felt family friendly (I brought my two year old and he had the best time). Beth and Mike gave a customer service experience that felt simultaneously spacious and attentive. Whether it was delivering hot coffee cake to our cabin or helping us get our fire started, their kindness enhanced our stay. You can really tell that the property is managed with love! We have been coming to Estes for decades (we live just down the hill in Boulder) and we've found the place we will stay at for every single future visit.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The Windwalker cabin is cute, comfortable, and has a large private hot tub.
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dsan877 wrote a review Jun 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Tom Tom cabin. 2 adults and 2 teenagers. There was plenty of extra blankets and pillows. Kitchen is wells stocked with enough dishes and drink ware for 6 people. The fridge was a little small but still workable. The deck was amazing, we were right on the river. We had our own hot tub and fire pit. They do sell bundles of wood on site. And this cabin is at the edge of the property so no one is able to walk near your cabin. It was quiet and very relaxing. Mike and Beth were wonderful.They keep the grounds clean and beautiful, flowers everywhere. They will help with anything you need, just ask them. The location is just close enough to town but far enough away to avoid crowds and it was about a mile drive to RMNP. The daily muffins are a great perk. This is a great place, We highly recommend staying here. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Melissa wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at River Spruce was exactly what we needed. The location is perfect, only a short drive into town to enjoy the shops, and also near an entrance to RMNP. The cabins are nestled right along the river which is so relaxing. The staff is very nice, you will often see them wandering about on the property making sure all is well. The homemade, warm muffins in the morning are the perfect morning snack to kick start your day. I would highly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Private Hot Tub on the river
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Response from Beth Montgomery, General Manager at River Spruce
Responded Apr 3, 2021
Thank you for your kind words, it's always great to hear :) Mike & Beth
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Mountain Lovers wrote a review Jun 2020
Monument, Colorado1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our favorite Estes Park location. River Spruce is located just a few feet from the river where the sound of water flowing over the rocks is beautiful and soothing. The cabins are comfortable, well supplied and very clean with a fire pit outside your door where an evening fire can be enjoyed if desired.
And, a special treat is that delicious slice of coffee cake delivered to your door each morning (except Sunday). We will return often!!
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: River view is awesome.
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John M wrote a review Jun 2020
Austin, Texas, USA18 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Dreamcatcher cabin. This is rustic but so cozy and comfortable. The cabin was so clean upon entry and the grounds are maintained so nicely including blooming flowers in the window box and hanging baskets of our cabin. Hot tub, fire pit, and river just complete the experience. Mike and Beth were happy to help with anything we needed. Couldn't ask for more!
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Date of stay: May 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Pholloway5 wrote a review Aug 2020
Omaha, Nebraska7 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at this property since I was a child in the 1950s when it was called Amahami. The location along the Big Thompson River and away from the town is ideal for escaping crowds and communing with nature. The location is very convenient to the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP. The sound of the river is a lullaby perfect for falling asleep and the fresh mountain air insures a restful night's sleep. I consider River Spruce "my happy place," and in this era of Covid-19, every precaution was taken to make us feel safe from the virus. With so much in life changing rapidly and unpredictably, it is reassuring to return to a place that has changed very little in my 60+ years of staying in these cabins. The cabins have a rustic feel, but have been updated with everything people want today, such as a microwave and a TV with satellite and a DVD player. Some units have hot-tubs! The kitchen is adequately furnished. Everything was immaculate. My only disappointment is the addition of fire pits. I know they are popular, but we had no interest in using ours and the neighbors around us did light theirs and we found the smoke very unpleasant and irritating. Most people probably would consider the firepit a plus, but I have to mention it with concerns about Covid-19, the last thing I needed was a lung irritant that made me cough! We love Estes Park (great restaurants with plenty of outdoor eating options) and Rocky Mountain National Park never ceases to amaze. Highly recommended for a restful and healing vacation.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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xcathyx wrote a review Aug 2023
Bellevue, Nebraska275 contributions39 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited River Spruce in 2014 for the first time (when Shelley and Wendye owned it). We loved it so much we tried to go back in 2020 but there were no cabins available, therefore, we stayed at a different place. So, at the end of July when we wanted to take an impromptu trip to Estes, I was thrilled to find 3 nights available at River Spruce! I was saddened upon arrival to find out the property was under new ownership and management (and staff no longer stay onsite), which also meant no daily morning muffin deliveries. As lovely as that treat was, the property is in a prime location so the sounds of the river and the peace and tranquility that comes with it is hard to pass up. The reason I’m taking one star away is because the cabin (Dreamcatcher) is run down and for the price, it’s not unreasonable to expect clean curtains, a couch that isn’t torn (very scratchy on bare legs) or outdoor furniture that isn’t so weathered the paint chips off on our clothes. We paid the same exact amount for a 3-night stay in a pristine room in Rome, Italy with the Pantheon right outside our window!! I can appreciate “rustic” but the definition of rustic doesn’t include dirty or disrepair. Please take some pride in ownership and pay more attention to these important details. I was told the new owner also purchased a couple other properties. I hope the Roys actually reinvest some of their money into upkeep - and soon! It’s a real shame to see them in the current condition
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The best part of River Spruce is the river
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Bob W wrote a review Jul 2021
Kansas City, Missouri7 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our 9th consecutive year staying in a cabin at Estes Park and our first stay at River Spruce Cabins. Although built in 1940, the cabins have been kept up very well. The location is perfect, with the soothing sounds of the Big Thompson River as it rushes by, the rustling of the aspen leaves, and the sights and high-pitched whirring sounds of hummingbirds ever-present. One morning, we watched a hummingbird visit blooms on the flowers right in front of the picture window at our kitchen table. Flowers were everywhere, in boxes, hanging pots, and planted in the ground in front of our cabin.

We enjoyed campfires around our private fire pit, and we soaked away the aches and pains of busy days in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park in our private hot tub. Aaron and his family were the perfect hosts, and we especially enjoyed our fresh-baked muffins that were dropped off at our cabin door each morning.

A highlight of our stay was a dinner of steaks (cooked on the communal gas grill), baked potatoes, and corn on the cob that we enjoyed at the picnic table just in front of our cabin.

We've stayed in cabins at five other resorts on both the Big Thompson and Fall Rivers, and I can assure you that you won't go wrong at River Spruce.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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vacahunts wrote a review May 2022
Kansas City, Missouri51 contributions17 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have mixed feelings about leaving a review considering all of the stellar reviews I have read here. But I think I owe it to future travelers to tell my experience. We stayed in the Rainbow Cabin. The place is beautiful and well kept… that is for sure. If you stay in some of the end cabins, you have a fairly long walk yo get your gear to your cabin. As it turns out, there are wagons for your use. But… they were no where to be found when we arrived.( kids were riding in them as it turns out. I made 4 trips to get our stuff to our room, including a 70 pound cooler… without a cart or wagon. We never saw anyone who worked there other than a carpenter doing some remodeling. The first night , tried to watch a movie, TV would not turn on. Turns out that the plug is so old that the plug connection was hit or miss. The tv plug would literally just fall out of the receptacle. The heater would sound an alarm ever 20 minutes or so, to check the filter ( where ever the filter was). So we either had to turn the heat off..(38f at night) or, be woke up every few minutes with an alarm. Again, there was no one there to ask about this.The first night when we returned from dinner, there were 2 kids “sword fighting “ with my $1k fly rods that they had taken off of our front porch. (9’ fly rods are difficult to bring inside so I leaned them on our cabin. If you are coming here to fly fish, It’s not the place. This is a great place for family get togethers and such…. NOT if you are looking for a nice quiet mountain get away. The lasts guests partially eaten food was left in the freezer… again, beautiful setting, for sure. We left 2 days before the end of our stay …. We’ve stayed at dozens of places over the last 20 years of visiting Estes 3-4 times per year. This was our “ one and done” here.
I hope this helps some travelers with their lodging plans or to at least ask the right questions.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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psopx4 wrote a review Jun 2020
Crown Point, Indiana4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The PowWow cabin was perfect for our family of 4. Each teenage girl was able to have their own room. The River was so calming. Hearing the rush was the perfect background noise to fall asleep. The cabins and property are very well maintained. The fresh made muffins delivered to your door each morning were just a delicious added bonus. Would highly recommend for a destination vacation or a weekend getaway.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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jr asked a question Feb 2023
Saint Peters, Missouri8 contributions2 helpful votes
How far from downtown are you located?
Answer from xcathyx
Bellevue, Nebraska275 contributions39 helpful votes
Google Maps shows about 2.5 miles. We are here now (Aug.22, 2023) and it’s an east drive.
Answer from CabinParadise
United States27 contributions30 helpful votes
This would be my first choice in the USA for a honeymoon. It's absolutely one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Answer from Becky M
Golden, Colorado9 contributions1 helpful vote
Many of our beds are pillow top and the others have memory foam toppers. They are all very comfy. Rainbow has a hot tub, Thunderbird does not. Both have gas grills very close to the cabin. We have 3 grills on the property that 9 cabins share. Each cabin has it's own outdoor firepit for campfires. Thanks Becky
Answer from Keith H
Chicago, Illinois6 contributions7 helpful votes
Cell service was ok, we have Verizon and usually had 2 bars there. They do have Wi-Fi service there also. Good luck and have a great time!
Answer from Shelley P
Estes Park, Colorado30 contributions22 helpful votes
Most are standalone cabins. Two are duplex cabins. The Rainbow/Dreamcatcher are duplex and the Sunshine/Ladybug are duplex. The rest are stand alone. Hope that helps!
lifeisgood98 wrote a tip Jun 12
Stanley, Kansas2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan on spending a ton of time outside. Firepits and chairs by the river are the where you will spend most of your stay. Just breathtaking!"
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Linda wrote a tip Jun 10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try not to go during Moose mating season. Gets really rowdy."
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xcathyx wrote a tip Aug 2023
Bellevue, Nebraska275 contributions39 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The best part of River Spruce is the river"
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Kathy R wrote a tip Aug 2023
Quincy, Illinois2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have everything you need."
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Melissa wrote a tip Mar 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared to get sucked in"
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Spruce
Which popular attractions are close to River Spruce?
Nearby attractions include The Taffy Shop (2.8 miles), Brownfield's (3.0 miles), and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at River Spruce?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at River Spruce?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at River Spruce?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at River Spruce?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River Spruce?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cinnamon's Bakery, Donut Haus, and Kind Coffee.
Are there any historical sites close to River Spruce?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Birch Ruins (3.0 miles).
Does River Spruce have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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