Be in the center of it all, but yet still feel like a million miles away from everything when visiting the South Park area of Colorado. Fairplay is the basin’s most populous town and offers the most in terms of amenities and accommodations.
You won’t find any Marriotts or Comfort Inns in Fairplay, but you will find plenty of accommodations that offer unique charm and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors. From dude ranches and glamping tents to haunted hotels and log cabin retreats, enjoy a true Colorado mountain experience and book your stay at one of these lodging options in Fairplay and the South Park towns of Alma, Hartsel and Lake George.
Probably South Park’s Best Hotel Accommodations
Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Mosquito and Park mountain ranges and grounded by a colorful river valley, South Park seems to encompass all that there is to enjoy about the Centennial state. From scenic beauty and outdoor recreation to a rich mining history and unique ghost towns, visitors can experience a little bit of everything. Plus Fairplay and Alma make a convenient base for day tripping into Summit County, offering more affordable lodging for those looking to ski n Breckenridge.
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Here are our choices for the top hotels near Fairplay, CO, in no particular order:
LODGING IN FAIRPLAY
Riverside Inn Hotel
An affordable option with all the perks of a basic, modern hotel, the Riverside Inn Hotel is a great choice for one night and extended stays in Fairplay. Feel instantly warmed on a cold winter’s day with their indoor fireplace and admire the mountain views as you make your way to your room. While Fairplay is not a large town and is easy to get around, guests will enjoy the hotel’s central location, close to all restaurants and other activities. The hotel also offers ATV rentals for those interested in exploring the area, most usually starting with Hoosier Pass nearby.
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Mountain views
- Plush linens
- Convenient location
- Business center & conference room
- Free Wi-Fi
Guests can choose from rooms with a single Queen-size bed, two Queen-size beds, and one King-size bed. Every room is furnished with modern amenities, such as flat-screen T.V., free Wi-Fi, pillow-top beds, and comfortable oversized pillows. Upgrade your stay and book the Jacuzzi Spa Room, complete with all the basic amenities, including a mini-refrigerator, plus a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub and custom shower. And if you have larger groups staying together, they also provide adjoining rooms.
- 249 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO 80440 | 719-836-0600
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Hand Hotel Bed & Breakfast
Overlooking the South Platte River on the edge of Fairplay, the historic Hand Hotel B&B offers a genuine western hospitality experience with a haunted twist. Built in 1931, the historic hotel is a refurbished boarding house that seems to still carry its spirits of the past into the present, making for an unforgettable stay. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast as you enjoy the mountain views from their cozy sunroom before you start your day of adventures.
- Free continental breakfast
- Historic hotel
- Mountain and river views
- Pet-friendly rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
Featuring 11 themed rooms, each is named after a local South Park legend or historical figure. Some say each of the rooms has its own friendly haunting spirit that greets guests during their stay. Rooms are cozy and each is outfitted with their own distinct décor and antique furnishings. Basic amenities include Wi-Fi, bathroom towels, and soaps.
- 531 Front St, Fairplay, CO 80440 | 719-836-3595
- Check prices, availability or book by calling
American Safari Ranch
Live the authentic Colorado cowboy experience with a stay at the American Safari Ranch in Fairplay. Come with a large group or as a couple for a chance to live life on a ranch. The sprawling ranch offers plenty of space to explore, plus several lodging options if you wish to stay longer. And while the property is the premier Colorado horseback riding destination, guests can also enjoy big western cookouts and BBQs, ATV tours, and more.
- Spacious ranch
- Meals available for breakfast, lunch, dinner
- ATV tours
- Horseback riding tours
Choose from individual cabins or ranch-style lodge rooms. Each offers basic amenities and rustic mountain décor. The ranch-style lodge rooms come equipped with two Queen-size beds, perfect for a family of four.
- 1484 Co Rd 7, Fairplay, CO 80440 | 719-836-2700
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The Western Inn Motel & RV Park
The no frills Western Inn Motel is a reliable choice for those who just need to crash at night. It’s easily accessed on Highway 285, a short walk to restaurants and Fairplay’s historic downtown. Whether you’re looking to visit Breckenridge Resort, 23 miles north, and save a few bucks on lodging, or discover the greater South Park region, this Western Inn Motel makes a fine base for both.
- Continental breakfast
- Hot tub
Motel style rooms each come with a private bathroom, along with a television, phone, refrigerator and microwave. Choose between the standard room with double beds, a kitchenette with a queen bed, or the bigger deluxe room, complete with skylight, coffeemaker and two queen sized beds. Each morning guests can fuel up at the continental breakfast, which features fresh coffee, juice and rolls. There’s a hot tub on-site with room for four. Plus, pets are welcome with a very reasonable one-time fee and small refundable deposit.
- 490 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO 80440 | 719-836-2026
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LODGING IN ALMA
Mountain Comfort Bed & Breakfast
Located in Alma, CO, just 5.5 miles northwest of Fairplay, is the luxurious Mountain Comfort Bed & Breakfast. For real rustic mountain splendor, spend the weekend at their beautiful log cabin home surrounded by the Pike National Forest and distant mountain peaks. The two-story house is complimented with large windows and gorgeous mountain views, beautiful log furniture, and cozy outdoor accents to create the ultimate mountain retreat.
Your stay includes a daily hot breakfast at the common dining area, access to the living area with comfortable seating and fireplace, plus plenty of outdoor space with the spacious deck and nearby gazebo. Plus, with the national forest line only half a mile from the property, guests will enjoy convenient access to a plethora of outdoor activities.
- Daily fresh, hot breakfast
- Mountain views
- Outdoor deck
- Convenient access to outdoor activities
- Free Wi-Fi
Guests can choose from seven different rooms, each uniquely decorated with log furniture and western accents for a true mountain lodge feel. Luxurious amenities include a private bathroom, a fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, 1,000-count bed sheets, and plush bathrobes to sink into after a full day of adventures. They offer family-friendly rooms with bunk beds and romantic rooms meant for two.
- 52516 CO-9, Alma, CO 80420 | 719-836-4517
- Check prices, availability or book Mountain Comfort Bed & Breakfast
LODGING IN HARTSEL
Hartsel Springs Lodge
If you are looking to explore all that Colorado has to offer, yet feel like you’re miles away from it all, book a weekend getaway at the Hartsel Springs Lodge. Located in the town of Hartsel, about twenty minutes south of Fairplay, the Hartsel Springs Lodge is a 3,000-square-foot guest ranch that provides private access to horseback riding, fishing, and hiking adventures. Surrounded by wildlife areas, four mountain ranges, and near some of the best white water rafting, a variety of outdoor activities are all at your fingertips.
After your long day of adventures, cozy up to the fireplace at the lodge, have a relaxing meal in their dining room, catch a colorful sunset, or play some games in the Party Barn. The horse-friendly property encourages guests to bring their own horses for one-night stays or extended stays.
- On-site dining
- Private access to fishing, hiking, and horseback riding
- Mountain views
- Extended stays
The ranch offers six guest rooms in the main lodge, four cabins, and places for camping and RV parking. Each of the rooms in the main lodge either provides one Queen-size bed, one King-size bed, or a Queen-size bed plus pullout, sleeping up to four people. The cabins offer two bedrooms with a variety of sleeping configurations, a kitchen, a private bath, and work space.
- 24194 Co Rd 59, Hartsel, CO 80449 | 719-836-4473
- Check prices, availability or book Hartsel Springs Lodge
LODGING IN LAKE GEORGE
Tarryall River Ranch
Experience life during the Old West at the Tarryall River Ranch in Lake George. While they offer exceptional lodging, the main attraction here is the recreational activities. Available May through September, bring the family for some horseback riding, fishing in the stocked Tarryall River, and games for the kids.
Designed to be a place for retreat and community, the ranch provides several common spaces, such as the Frontier Lodge. Built in the early 1900s, the historic lodge includes a large common area, a community kitchen, a grand fireplace, and a large porch for taking in the mountain views around you.
Guests will also enjoy on-site family-style dining at the Waypoint Lodge. Dine indoors or outdoors and end the day gathered around the campfire on the scenic patio.
- All-inclusive resort
- Historic lodge
- Pool and hot tub
- Access to fishing, hiking, and trail rides
- Petting zoo
Lodging options include several cabins and suites, each with comfortable beds, private baths, and a cozy living space with a warming fireplace. If you are staying a while, they also offer cabins with full kitchens. Cabins are updated with rustic mountain décor and are equipped with modern amenities to make your stay more comfortable.
- 27001.5 Co Rd 77, Lake George, CO 80827 | 800-408-8407
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Mountain River Lodge
Resting on the edge of Lake George, the Mountain River Lodge is a luxury lodging experience in the heart of Colorado. The original property was an old motor court that was built in 1949, and with the 2016 renovations, guests can now enjoy luxury cabins, a historically preserved lodge, outdoor living areas, and access to some of the best fly fishing in the state. Outdoor fun is right at your doorstep with proximity to the “Dream Stream” and a short drive to Eleven Mile State Park, plus next to miles of trails for hiking and biking.
- On-site dining, complimentary breakfast
- Mountain and lake views
- Outdoor seating and fire pits
- Convenient access to fishing, hiking, biking
- Free Wi-Fi
Choose from cabins that accommodate couples, families, and larger groups. Each is well-appointed spaces with all the updated luxuries, modern amenities, and chic mountain style that makes a stay here so special. In-room amenities include high-end linens, custom tile bathrooms, heated toilet seats, mini-refrigerator and microwave, plus in-room fly fishing rod holders.
- 8122 US-24, Lake George, CO 80827 | 719-748-1353
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Black Tree Resort
Find a bit of luxury amongst the rugged outdoors with a stay at the Black Tree Resort. Glamping at its finest, the Black Tree Resort offers gorgeous fully furnished wall tents spread throughout their sprawling property. With a focus on reconnecting to nature, they offer customized adventures for families, couples, and groups. Enjoy convenient access to multiple outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and more. And rest easy knowing a fresh Colorado cuisine is delivered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Access to multiple outdoor activities
- Luxury furnishings
- Golf cart to get around camp
- Outdoor seating and fire pits
Choose your outdoor experience by staying in one of their glamping tents, each perfectly spaced for your individual experience. Inside, guests will find hand-crafted furniture, two Queen-size beds, a dining table, a wood-burning stove, and a cozy Pendleton blanket. Outside, guests will find a covered deck with seating, fire pit with Adirondack chairs, and your own golf cart to get around. Separate from each tent is a private bathroom with toiletries and key access.
- 8463 Co Rd 92, Lake George, CO 80827 | 719-748-0172
- Check prices, availability or book Black Tree Resort
That’s a round up of the top hotels around Alma, Fairplay, Hartsel and Lake George. Have a pleasant stay in sunny South Park!