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Guests at Cedar Ridge Ranch wake up in a safari tent with Mount Sopris views.


Rocky Mountains,
 Under Cover

By Amiee White Beazley

Photo courtesy of Cedar Ridge Ranch


Want to see the best of the Colorado Rockies without sacrificing five-star bedding, service and experiences? Dip a toe into the outdoors with these four gracious “glamping” (glamorous camping) properties near Aspen.

Dunton River Camp, Dolores
Dunton River Camp is a collection of eight prospector-style tents featuring soaker tubs, showers, gas stoves and access to two mountain bikes. Out the door, world-class fly-fishing awaits on the private waters along the Dolores River. Guests also have access to the natural hot springs at nearby sister property Dunton Hot Springs. $1,500, 52068 Road 38, Dolores, 970.882 4800

Elk Camp, Snowmass
Aspen Skiing Company entered the glamping game with its own tent nestled in the woods at Elk Camp on Snowmass Ski Area. With your professional outfitter and guide, drive or hike from the base of Snowmass to your midmountain camp site. There, you can partake in activities like nature walks and fishing on Rayburn Pond followed by dinner, campfire and s’mores. $850, 970.923.1227

Collective Retreats, Vail
“This is a new type of hotel company that combines beauty, design and experience above all else,” says Collective Retreats founder and Aspenite Peter Mack. Guests are privy to 1,500-thread sheets, rain showers and scrumptious farm-to-table dinners at retreat locations in Vail, Hudson Valley, Yellowstone, Texas Hill Country and Sonoma. There are also plans for an Aspen location next summer. $500, 4098 Highway 131, Wolcott, 970.445.2033

Cedar Ridge Ranch, Carbondale
For the best views of Mount Sopris from a working organic farm, ranch and artists’ studios, the family-owned Cedar Ridge Ranch offers a gorgeous elevated safari tent experience with a California king four-poster bed, deck and the option of nightly bonfires and barbecues featuring the ranch’s own farm-raised pork. $165, 3059 County Road 103, Carbondale, 970.963.3057