A bed is made with plush, white linens and sits awaiting guests in a rustic cabin near Lake George, Colorado.

Idlewild Ridge Ranch Cabin

Reconnect with nature — and yourself — at a private ranch in sleepy Lake George. Less than an hour from Colorado Springs, Idlewild Ridge Ranch Cabin is a wooden 1860s cabin situated on 21 lush acres. The charming escape offers a perfect blend of quiet seclusion, magical stargazing and easy access to adventurous activities like hiking, boating, fishing and birding.

Touted by visitors as “an authentic, old log cabin,” Idlewild Ridge Ranch Cabin is the ideal respite for those looking for uninterrupted rest and relaxation. The cozy front porch makes for a wonderful spot to bundle up with a cup of coffee as you look out onto the vibrant forestland that surrounds the property. The interior of the cabin will make you feel as though you’ve landed in a Laura Ingalls Wilder novel, with period furniture and rustic decor. We also recommend taking advantage of the outdoor grill and firepit for an evening under the stars, ideally with a Colorado-distilled whiskey in your hand.

What makes it special?

This historical cabin was once a stagecoach stop circa 1860, 30 years before Lake George became an established town. Then, in 1880, a family of five purchased it and constructed an addition, turning the stagecoach into a proper home. Here, guests can truly step back in time, as the bones of the structure have stayed relatively the same for more than a century, including the authentic wood-burning fireplace. But fear not — the cabin has been updated with modern conveniences such as a TV, Wi-Fi and in-house plumbing. (If you’re curious, the original four-seater outhouse still remains on-site!)

Outside of Lake George, Colorado, a log cabin bathroom features a white, porcelain sink, tub and toilet, along with charming rustic decor.
Two tall pines frame a view of ranch lands and mountain peaks outside the Idlewild Stagecoach cabin near Lake George, Colorado.
The living room of Idlewild Stagecoach in Lake George, Colorado, has high ceilings with log beams, a wood-burning stove and rustic decor.

The most Colorado thing about this place

Have you ever heard of rockhounding? Essentially, it’s the act of exploring nature and collecting or looking for rocks, minerals and fossils. Lake George happens to be famous for rockhounding, a popular activity amongst Colorado locals. It’s also a great way to learn more about the state’s vast geological history. Pro tip: The owners of Idlewild are more than happy to show you their favorite rockhounding spots in the forest that surrounds their property.

Coolest amenity

While the cabin has several distinctive amenities, its close proximity to Pike National Forest reigns supreme. And, by “close,” we mean just steps away from the cabin’s front door. Pike National Forest encompasses more than a million acres, featuring lakes and rivers for fishing and boating, and miles of hiking trails. In the winter, it’s also a top spot for cross-country skiing.

Our favorite traveler review

“A truly cool and authentic old cabin that was wonderfully comfortable and relaxing. We had rain our first two days, and we were totally content to curl up with the wood stove, listen to the rain and thunder, and just read and chill. Great weather the next two days, and we took some spectacular drives to Eleven Mile State Park’s reservoir and, of course, Eleven Mile Canyon, which is not to be missed. The cabin faces a national forest, so not only is the view beautiful, but there’s lots of good walking and exploring to be had right out the front door.” — Terry, airbnb

Two red chairs and several thick stumps are set around a firepit near the pine forests in Lake George, Colorado.

Things to see & do nearby

Along with Pike National Forest, Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area is another can’t-miss Lake George experience. The canyon, once home to the Colorado Midland Railroad, cuts through the plain holding the South Platte River, with towering trees providing shade along the way. An unexpected delight, the canyon boasts two hiking trails as well as stunning overlooks and several picnic areas.

Or drive to bustling Colorado Springs, which sits at the foot of one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks — Pikes Peak. Visitors who ascend the 14,115-foot mountain via car, bicycle or hike will encounter local wildlife, like chubby marmots, bighorn sheep and, if you’re lucky, the elusive pika, along with astounding views. Another treasured Colorado Springs attraction is the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Free to the public, you’ll probably recognize these impressive red-rock formations from Instagram, as it’s a popular place for young travelers to snap a photo (or 10).

Ripe for exploration, the city also offers a wide array of restaurants, breweries (Metric Brewing is not to be missed!), museums, like the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, and local boutiques, including Poor Richard’s, a beloved bookstore downtown. Find more things to do in Colorado Springs.


Photos courtesy of airbnb

Booking Information