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Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch17 locals recommend
Potbelly Restaurant & Lounge17 locals recommend
The Golf Club At Fox Acres4 locals recommend
Red Feather Super3 locals recommend
Red Feather Trading Post7 locals recommend
Mount Margaret Trailhead4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Red Feather Lakes

  • Total rentals

    30 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $70 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    680 reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    20 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    10 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    10 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Red Feather Lakes

Welcome to Red Feather Lakes

This rustic mountain town nestled in the sprawling Roosevelt National Forest was named for Cherokee Chief Redfeather, who apparently was drawn to these stunning mountain lakes by a higher power. By the 1920s developers had pinpointed Red Feather Lakes as a picturesque mountain retreat and created lodging areas and leisure activities. The place lured vacationers, and still does, but it has remained an under-the-radar gem amongst Colorado’s mountain towns.

Red Feather Lakes is a decidedly homey place with a single post office, a few well-stocked stores, and hearty diners enrobed in the majestic acreage of the forest and perched near the wild and scenic Cache La Poudre River, which winds through steep canyons and past impressive rock formations. During the summer visitors hike in the surrounding wilderness, go boating and fishing in alpine lakes, and set out on whitewater rafting trips. In the winter there’s cross-country skiing and tubing at the local ski resort. After long days exploring the outdoors, you can soak in the small-town atmosphere, which includes Elf Lane — a stretch of road that residents have decorated with an army of gnome figurines.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Red Feather Lakes

Mild alpine summers, numerous lakes, verdant forests, and a lively river mean summer is high season in Red Feather Lakes. Visitors flock to the town during the hottest months for hiking, fishing, whitewater river rafting, and horseback riding. Summer thunderstorms are common, so plan ahead for possible cloudbursts. The remaining seasons are sedate, and offer opportunities for a true vacation idyll away from big crowds. In the winter, the place is transformed by snowfall, and there are plenty of opportunities for cold weather recreation, such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.


Top things to do in Red Feather Lakes

Robinson Homestead Cabin Museum

Explore the rugged day-to-day life of the family who built this little log cabin in the 1880s. The structure, restored by the local historical society, includes the original details such as the floors and doors, and is decorated as it would have been when it was occupied, with a wood-fired stove, oil lamps, and an antique sewing machine.

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

Located at the Shambhala Mountain Center, a Zen retreat about a 20-minute drive from town, is one of the most remarkable examples of Buddhist architecture in the United States. This ornate 108-foot-tall stupa — a spherical structure built for meditation — took 13 years to construct. Capped with a golden spire, it’s an impressive site to behold.

Roosevelt National Forest

Essentially the backyard of Red Feather Lakes, this expansive 800,000-acre wilderness is home to fragrant stands of pines, aspens, and even willows. Owls, bluebirds, and magpies are just a few of its winged residents, and jackrabbits, bighorn sheep, and bobcats roam the forest. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, as well as stunning vistas, some best viewed from the many scenic roads that crisscross the park.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Red Feather Lakes?

    Red Feather Lakes experiences a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are mild, with temperatures reaching up to 80°F (27°C), perfect for outdoor activities. Winters are cold and snowy, dropping to as low as 10°F (-12°C), creating a winter wonderland for snow sports.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Red Feather Lakes?

    Red Feather Lakes is an outdoor lover's paradise with activities like hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and bird watching. Visitors often explore the Shambhala Mountain Center for meditation retreats, or engage in winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Red Feather Lakes?

    The most popular time to visit Red Feather Lakes is in the summer months from June to August when the weather is warm and perfect for outdoor activities. The annual Crystal Lakes Road and Recreation Association's fishing derby in June is also a popular event.

  • What are the best places to stay in Red Feather Lakes?

    Popular areas to stay in Red Feather Lakes include Crystal Lakes, where guests can enjoy lake views, and Fox Acres, known for its proximity to nature and golfing. The town center, with its convenient access to shops and eateries, is also a preferred choice.

  • What are the best places to visit in Red Feather Lakes?

    Visitors often enjoy exploring the Shambhala Mountain Center, a Buddhist retreat nestled amidst natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts frequent the Dowdy Lake Campground and West Lake for fishing and boating, while the Deadman Lookout offers sweeping views of the surroundings.

  • What are some hiking trails in Red Feather Lakes?

    There are several enjoyable hiking trails in Red Feather Lakes. The Lady Moon Trail and Molly Lake Trail offer stunning views and a moderate hike. For a more challenging trek, the Mount Margaret Trail is frequently suggested.

  • What are some family activities to do in Red Feather Lakes?

    Families visiting Red Feather Lakes can engage in fishing or boating at Dowdy Lake, hiking the local trails, or having a picnic at Bellaire Lake Campground. Children often enjoy the educational programs at the Shambhala Mountain Center.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Red Feather Lakes?

    Popular day trips from Red Feather Lakes include a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park for wildlife viewing and hiking, or exploring the charming town of Fort Collins, known for its historic downtown and Discovery Science Center, both within 60 miles (97 km).

  • Do cabin rentals in Red Feather Lakes have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cabin rentals with a bbq area in Red Feather Lakes. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in cabin rentals in Red Feather Lakes?

    Experience the best of Red Feather Lakes with our cabin rentals, starting at about $90 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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