Tired of luxury hotels with puff-puff attitudes and cookie cutter accommodations? Then you're the perfect candidate to stay in one of Colorado's outside the box lodgings. You may not have realized that our northern neighbor offers accommodations in funky yurts, huts, teepees and even a train caboose. So if you are heading up the Rockies for some spring skiing or planning a summer escape, and you don't mind roughing it up, here are some choices:
- Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Rustic lodging options include a train caboose, rustic cabins, covered wagons and tent sites. From $55 - $115 per night for two people.
- OPUS Hut comes equipped with solar-powered electricity and hot water, wood burning stoves, indoor toilets and plumbing. From $35 per person, per night.
- Jellystone Teepee. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park-Resort at Larkspur gives visitors a chance to experience a sleeping structure entrenched in American lore and culture. From $61 per night.
- Wolf Creek Pass Yurt, just below the Continental Divide, offers plentiful firewood for the woodstove, an equipped kitchen, and futon bunk beds for six people. Prices start at $159 per night.
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Just 30 minutes outside Denver, seven cabins and yurts are nestled in lush aspen groves and accommodate up to six people. Costs $70 per night.
- Cresto Ranch. Eight luxurious safari-style canvas tents are situated in an alpine clearing in the pristine West Fork Valley. Each tent features a gas stove, spacious en-suite bathroom and private lounging porch. Rates start at $1,400 per night, beginning June 1.
- State Forest State Park's seven Siberian-inspired round tents provide secure shelter and come equipped with beds, a woodstove, lantern and cooking facilities. From $60 – 110 per night.
- Snow Mountain Ranch offers 12 yurts that sleep up to six people with a tent pad outside for an additional two. Rates from $89 per night.
- 10th Mountain Division Hut Association manages a system of 34 backcountry huts connected by 350 miles of suggested routes throughout three National Forests at an elevation of 9,700 to 11,700 feet. Prices vary.
- San Juan Hut System. Five huts can accommodate up to eight people and are available for $30 per person, per night.
- Summit Huts Association maintains one of Colorado's most popular backcountry huts, Francie's Cabin, located about four miles south of Breckenridge. Rates vary.
What do you think? Are you ready to rough it up.