by Julie Bielenberg
This 1926-built resort is authentic and family-run. Please note that families are not allowed in the B&B/inn, as this is for adults only. Families are welcome to rent the cabins that are spacious and ideally situated in the forest, alongside the river. There are over a half dozen cabins for rent for families that can also be pet-friendly if arrangements are made ahead of time. The nature and gardens are ideal for kids to frolic and burn some energy. It’s gorgeous and the owners put much thought and care into the upkeep.
Our Editor Loves
- Large rental cabins
- Nature setting
- River location
- Horse Back Riding
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
This is our second time at Dripping Springs Resort and we loved it this time as much as the last. It is tucked away in a quiet area of Estes Park. The style of the cabins is great with extra touches all over the place. The hot tubs are clean and private. The breakfast is yummy and provides some great conversation. Lastly, the staff is great! Thank for making our 17th-anniversary special!
by Gabe U
This place is great - the location on the river, the cabin's quirky charms (stayed in the Dancing Bear/Oso cabin - so much bear-theme!)...it just all worked so well. Very rustic - you don't come here for the internet access (it's in-and-out, and you won't be able to stream anything for sure) but to get away from technology. We'd buy some firewood at the Safeway in town (about 10 minutes away tops) and build a fire + watch/listen to the river flowing past, and it was just magical.
The Dancing Bear cabin, specifically, was attached to another cabin, but each has its own deck, and the fire pits are pretty far away from each other, so even if you had a neighbor, it still seems secluded/private. The DB cabin has a 2nd level with an elevated deck off of it - the open-air/raised deck has a couple of chairs, and a nice view of the river (and a bit of the RV area) so it's another option to sit out in nature. You also get a gas grill, and a personal hot-tub on the deck here...very nice! The older Sleep Number king bed in this one was pretty comfortable - it took us a night or two to figure out our numbers (2 "zones" on this bed so you can customize it to each person) and there was a ceiling fan in the room in case you wanted to move some air around (as well as some box fans in the cabin) or want more white-noise than the river provides with an open window.
The fire pit was my favorite bit - the curve of the river made it so that it goes in a horseshoe all around you - no matter where you look (if sitting facing away from the cabin) you'd see river and woods - and on the opposite bank, it's a steep rocky wall, giving you the impression that you're completely secluded from the outside world. Squirrels/chipmunks were constantly running around on the "canyon" wall across from us providing a good bit of entertainment.
Wildlife-wise, we were greeted immediately upon arriving by a mama deer and her 2 babies about 15 feet away from where we parked - they scoped us out, and moved on. We didn't see any other large wildlife, but there are definitely bears about - saw some footprints, and the garbage cans had some claw/tooth marks on them, haha. Tons of birds and small wildlife all around though - and the sound of the rushing river was the sweetest music to fall asleep to every night (in fact, even though we were somewhat near a road, i never heard traffic - that river drowns it out entirely).
Owners were lovely folks, and while I didn't partake of the breakfasts served up to the B&B folks (I think cabin folks can participate at an extra charge), it smelled *incredible* when I wandered in.
All-in-all, I can't wait to go back.