What to Pack For A Cabin Retreat in the Rocky Mountains

So, you want to go on a cabin retreat in the Rocky Mountains? 

That’s a great choice! The Rocky Mountains are beautiful and so peaceful!  

I have lived in Colorado all my life and I have taken several cabin retreats because the mountains are my favorite escape from city life. So, if you have decided to take a cabin retreat to the Rocky Mountains, you will not be disappointed! 

Let’s help you prepare for your trip. 

  1. Pick A Great Cabin. 

To really get the full experience of a mountain retreat, you’ll want to pick a really great cabin. You can jump on board with the latest trend and do some “glamping”. 

What is “glamping”? Think luxury tent camping! It feels like you are camping but you have all the amenities of a cabin such as, comfortable beds, bathrooms, climate control, and electrical outlets. Some even provide your own fire pit complete with firewood and fire starter. 

  1. Proper Clothing 

Colorado weather can be a little finicky so you will want to pack clothing for all types of weather. 

  • Sweaters 
  • Sweatshirts 
  • Jackets 
  • Coats 
  • Long pants 
  • Shorts 
  • Sandals 
  • Closed-toe shoes 
  • Boots 
  • Long-sleeved shirts 
  • Short-sleeved shirts and tank tops 

Depending on the time of year, you may not need all of these things but if you are planning a spring or fall trip when our weather is most volatile, it is better to be over-prepared than underprepared.  

I was camping in the mountains one time and on Saturday it was 80 degrees and then on Sunday, it snowed. So being prepared is very important! 

  1. Outdoor Gear 

No mountain retreat is complete without doing some outdoor activities.  

In Canon City, you can go fishing on the Arkansas River, there are plenty of hiking trails, and you can even rock climb at the Royal Gorge. 

So make sure to pack all of your gear for the outdoor activities that you love. 

  1. Food 

Sometimes the most expensive part of a retreat can be the food. If you are eating at restaurants for every meal, your trip budget may get a little out of hand. Some luxury cabins are equipped with full kitchens and even outdoor grills. This will really help you save a little money while on your retreat.  

Make sure to pack plenty of snacks and beverages so you always have something on hand. 

If you are bringing the kids, make sure to pack all the necessary ingredients for smores so they can have a little treat while sitting around the fire at night. Don’t forget the roasting forks. 

  1. Extra Fun Stuff 

If you want to get the full experience of being the mountains, bring along a couple of these extras:  

  • Star Gazing Maps – you will be amazed at how many stars you can see when you are in the mountains and not surrounded by city lights. 
  • Bird Watching Books – you will see so many different types of birds. Use your book to learn more about each kind of bird. 
  • Binoculars – you may get a glimpse of some pretty cool wildlife. 
  • Camera – you are going to want to capture the spectacular views and sunsets. You can even see the Royal Gorge Bridge on the horizon.  
  • Book or reading material – you may have some downtime and want to sit on the patio and start that book you have been meaning to read.  
  1. Other Handy Items 

Here are some things you may not have thought you would need to pack: 

  • Flashlight – useful for walking around outside at night, like going inside from the firepit. 
  • Music Player – you can use it inside or take it out with you while you are enjoying the private patio or your firepit. 
  • Sunscreen and bug spray – you are in the mountains, after all, so you are closer to the sun which means you can become sunburnt much quicker. 
  • Hat – to protect your face from the sun.  
  • Reusable drawstring bags – Depending on the time of year, you may not need all of these things but if you are planning a spring or fall trip when our weather is most volatile. is is better to be over prepared than under-prepared. This small bag can carry essentials for short excursions, so you wont need to bring your heavy-duty backpack with you all the time.

No matter where you stay in the Rocky Mountains, being prepared is very important. So, if you follow this list you should be all set for anything you may need or want on your retreat! 

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