Getting outside has so many benefits for the mind, body and spirit. However, it can be nice to take a break from the logistics that a backpacking or car camping trip sometimes necessitates, and rest in the lap of luxury. When a tent and sleeping pad just won’t do, check out these high end camping spots near Boulder, Colorado.
Joyful Journey Hot Springs
To the south lie the Sangre De Cristo Mountains that run like a spine along the San Luis Valley. Quaint towns, miles of trails, and hot springs are aplenty, but none offer restorative experiences quite like Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Various pools pepper the mountainside facing west, giving soakers breathtaking views of the valley below basking in golden afternoon light. A lodge, yurts, casitas, or tipis are available for lodging, each with its own unique charm.
Arapaho Valley Ranch
At the base of Indian Peaks Wilderness sits the Arapaho Valley Ranch, a 200-acre, family-owned property that boasts numerous camping and glamping sites. From tent structures to tipis, each site is stocked with everything you need to have a comfortable stay – like cozy queen-size beds, warm showers, and cast iron cookware – while disconnecting from the trappings of everyday life. Hike straight from your glamping site, spy moose drinking from nearby ponds each morning, or get to know other campers over libations around the campfire.
Green Sky Yurt Retreat
Equal parts luxury and rustic, this retreat yurt is near Durango, Colorado and provides lodgers with a bed, kitchenette, wood stove, full bath and an outdoor deck. Great for spending time in the wilderness no matter the season, Green Sky Yurt Retreat places guests close to outdoor activities year-round. This spot even provides a complementary canoe.
Royal Gorge Cabins
Cabins and glamping tents speckle Echo Canyon’s mountainside property for campers who desire four walls and who prefer only canvas between them and the starry night sky. Single and double queen tents are available for individuals or groups looking to get a little closer to nature, while cabins don’t skimp on the amenities. Perch on the outdoor deck to spot bighorn sheep known to graze in this area, or light the campfire, roast marshmallows, and plan the next day’s hike.
Dunton River Camp
Take the road less traveled to Dolores, Colorado and stay at the luxurious Dunton River Camp. Custom tents run along the mountaintop or alongside the river, giving guests a secluded escape amidst nature’s most wonderful treasures. A king-size bed, en-suite bath, and clawfoot soaker tubs foster a restorative environment. Lodging at this exclusive resort is only available from June to October, so don’t wait to plan your escape.
Change it up and leave the tent home. You can still bask in the beauty of mother nature and come home feeling rested and restored. We will certainly be working a few of these glamping vacations into our summer plans.