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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 a must do!

This was our second time staying at Idlewilde and won't be our last! We were made to feel welcome and our cabin was just the right size and near enough to the river to be lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of rushing water. Close enough to downtown Estes for convenience sake, but far enough to be among the pines, the river and the wildlife so that you feel a part of it all. This is by far one of our most favorite places!

Shelly - Las Vegas
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Next time we will stay 10 nights!

The kids, Olga myself really enjoyed our stay at Idlewilde this year. This was our 5th stay at Idlewilde. As usual, we caught a number of trout in the river right in front of our cabin. We also enjoyed the hot tub and the playground. There is so much to do at Idlewilde, in Estes Park and in RMNP. I've decided that 7 nights there is not enough - next time we'll stay for 10 nights.

Jim Yaeger - Katy, TX
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We'll be back...

We fell in love with Idlewilde the first time we found it, by accident, on a prior trip to Estes Park. The setting is perfect - right along the Big Thompson River, among towering, mature Ponderosa Pines. The atmosphere is informal, and the staff is so friendly. We had a group of 10 family members in three different cabins. Everyone had a wonderful time. The evening community campfires, only feet from the stream, were a definite highlight. Cannot find a single negative thing to say. We'll be back

Rick Kottemann - St. Louis, MO