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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.

What Our Guest Have to Say

Karen and Tim


Tim and I chose to get married at Idlewilde cabins, as it held a special spot in my families hearts. The year before, we spent a long weekend with my family; our mom had terminal cancer and we wanted one final special vacation with her. She has since passed, and we are left with wonderful memories, sitting along side the river and just being together. One year later, Tim and I got married along side this same river. We rented 6 cabins for all of our famiies and celebrated with laughter, love, and new and old memories. Deb and Larry were wonderful hosts and were more then accommodating to help make our time here special once again. This is a little piece of heaven and we intend on coming back again!

Michael Bousquet


This was our 4th trip in 5 years to RMNP and Estes Park. Each year we have stayed at Idlewilde by the River and each year we leave refreshed and rejuvenated. This year we stayed in Cannonball and we liked the upgrades over previous years. Deb and Larry were great hosts...although I'm sure every guest shows off the videos and pictures, they take the time to show their interest as if they are seeing something for the first time. Overall, I would rate this quiet and peaceful little haven a 10 out 10 stars. We will be back because the Mountains is in our blood and we will stay in Idlewilde because it is perfect. Michael and Ann Grant and Shelly

Kathy Kottemann


My parents gave me, my sister's and brother-in-laws a great Christmas present, a week with them in Estes Park. This was my first visit here and I loved it. Hope to bring some friends back with me in the future.

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