Welcome to Idlewilde by the River

Located in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park, Idlewilde is situated on the banks of the Big Thompson River. The sound of rushing water is a pleasant addition to the resort during most of the season. With Idlewilde's close proximity to Estes Park, there are lots of specialty shops, galleries, and restaurants for your enjoyment.

Wildlife is also abundant at Idlewilde by the River. You will most likely have the opportunity to see deer, elk, chipmunks and an endless supply of hummingbirds. Want to check out the view from 12,000 feet? The entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is just 1 mile from Idlewilde. Drive, bike, or hike up Trail Ridge Road. If you feel adventurous, you can try out the Fall River Road and trek over the Continental Divide. At Idlewilde by the River, there are endless opportunities for hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing, 4-wheeling, and sightseeing.

Cabins on the river, solitude, and a hot tub for relaxing...

Idlewilde offers several cabins on the river located right on the banks of the Big Thompson. Others are just a few steps away. We specialize in finding the right accomodations just for you. Just let us know what you're interested in, and we will do our best to provide it. One thing to keep in mind is that the cabins by the river tend to book fast, so you may want to act as soon as possible.

All 13 cabins are furnished like a private residence. We provide you solitude, a luxurious hot tub to relax in, clean towels and sheets as needed, bar soap, and toilet paper. We do not provide a daily cleaning service. Of course, your cabin will be spotless upon your arrival, but cleaning will be up to occupants until departure. The kitchens are equipped with basic necessities including stoves, refrigerators and microwaves. Sorry, we do not allow pets.

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This place IS Colorado to me!

Once more, we drove our way from Kansas City to the most beautiful spot on earth this summer-- Idlewilde by the River. At least it's tops in my humble opinion. Our cabin was its usual guest-friendly abode, the hummingbirds at our kitchen window our constant companions. The river just feet from our door splashed away with a noise that is no less symphonic than the offering of a philharmonic orchestra. Our screened-in porch a haven rain or shine. The new managers were friendly and efficient, the housekeeping just fine. This place IS Colorado to me. Simply divine!

Sue Wright - Liberty, MO
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We just spent one fantastic week at Idlewilde...

We had a large group in two cabins Naughty Pine & Shemara, and the accommodations were great. Tom & Donna were wonderful hosts and we even got to visit with Lloyd & Donna one afternoon. We have been staying at Idlewilde for several years now and our group gets bigger every year. We are already looking forward to our week there next year! Thank you for the peace and serenity of Idlewilde by the River.

Connie Madaffari - Harlingen, TX
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We love Idlewilde!

We just returned from our annual trip to Estes Park, and as usual, we stayed at Idlewilde. Our first trip to Estes Park was about 26 years ago when our boys were young. We stayed at Idlewilde then and fell in love with it. On our first trip we stayed in the Holiday cabin. We have stayed in several of the other cabins over the years, but last year and this year we stayed in the Holiday again. We also have already reserved the Holiday for our 2015 trip. The river is so soothing and sitting on your screened in porch listening to it is great!! We recommend Idlewilde to anyone we know who is visiting Estes Park. We would never stay anywhere else in Estes. Tom and Donna are great, as were Lloyd and Donna last year. Very friendly and helpful. Best place to stay in Estes Park. Can't wait till next year!!

Joe and Kathy Poynter - Loveland, OH