Hi Guys. My husband and I would enjoy a more natural, comfortable, rustic cabin to stay while at RMNP rather than a hotel. Any suggestions?
Yes! That is the cabin we stayed in - and it was adorable! We even met the owners as we were on our way out. They're a wonderful couple, and take meticulous care of it. One of them grew up with the cabin in the family, and they take great pride in it. If we were to go back (my two boys and I), I would definitely stay there again. If it is just you and your husband, you will have more than enough room. There is a nice screened porch to eat on, and we had some elk come up to visit us one evening. The kitchen is well-stocked, and the family room area is very cozy. There is a front porch you can sit on as well, and it overlooks Long's Peak. The place is very, very clean. The only downfall is a very tiny bathroom, but hopefully that's not a place you will be spending a lot of time :) It is also located a very short drive to the entrance to RMNP, and not far from downtown Estes. Enjoy your trip!
Awesome info on the cabin ! Sept 24th was the busiest in RMNP. Oh My Gosh!!
well this may not be rustic but it's a nice option on Fall River a fellow TA'er spoke well of that will give you a nice nature feel and they get great ratings on TA:
Yes, September 24, 2011--a beautiful Saturday during elk rut and fall foliage AND it was a free entrance day for RMNP. Add all that together and you get record attendance! 30,931 was the recorded number. Do realize, most of those folks were not hiking. They were driving around in a daze staring at the neon gold aspen trees and dodging all the elk in the road.
For 2012, September 29 may get the record. It is a fee free day for RMNP and falls during Elk Fest in Estes Park.
Regarding "rustic" as a descriptive, it does mean different things to different people. We stayed in a rather rustic cabin in the Thompson Canyon that we found on VRBO. The price was good and we loved being on the river, but the "rustic" nature of the cabin was, in addition to the knotty pine walls of the living room/dining room, that the kitchen appliances were likely 50 years old, the bathroom was tiny and the foundation had substantial issues (doors didn't close right, etc.). Now, we had no problems with this as the cabin served as base camp for us where all we did there was sleep, eat breakfast and enjoy an few late afternoon beers riverside (which is a habit I could enjoy on a daily basis!!!!).
My point is that if you are OK with that you should have no problem with finding a place to stay. If, however, "rustic" means knotty pine in more modern, well appointed house, then you need to be careful as some places may serve to disappoint you.
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