"(The picture to the left is..." Colorado Hotel Tip by Teledude
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(The picture to the left is from the Stanley Hotel's brochure) In Boulder, if you can afford it, stay just one night in the Hotel Bouderado - Rocky Mountain elegance. In Estes Park stay where the ghosts of The Shining do-at the majestic Stanley Hotel. In Aspen (http://www.aspen.com/ ), stay anyplace you can afford to-which doesn't leave much! While staying in Glenwood Springs (http://www.glenscape.com/) you have to take a dip in the hot springs in town. In Durango (http://www.godurango.com/ ), find a nice B&B. That goes for Teluride (http://telluride.org/ ) also! For the more budget conscious there are myriad B&B's throughout the state-just look up any phone book. There is a small quaint hostel up in the mountains in Nederland (see my Nederland page) west of Boulder. It is a real mountain town-small and somewhat disorderly. There are a few local bars that serve great food but are more known for their beer and love of bluegrass music almost nightly. Personally, my favorite way to travel in this state is to camp wherever I can. There are National forests, Wilderness areas, Nat'l Rec areas, Nat'l & state parks and tons of other places that you can just plunk your bag down and crash for the night. Depending on your proximity to any city, you could feasible sleep for free every night! But, a warning-please don't trample flowers or any fragile areas for any reason. Find a spot that doesn't require you to 'prepare' your site. Use the most durable surfaces to walk and sleep on. Colorado is gorgeous and I'd like to keep it that way for my children someday.
Free (many camping areas) to Very expensive-Aspen, Hotel Boulderado, The Stanley.
Unique Qualities: Most hotels in the major cities are pretty expensive in Winter when all the skiers come out but in the shoulder seasons-spring and fall, bargains can usually be found especially in the mountain towns. Camping is permited in all nat'l forests, but not all wilderness areas. Check with the local ranger office in the nearest town.
Price Comparison: most expensive
Directions: Hotel Boulderado...downtown Boulder ; The Stanley Hotel...overlooking Estes Park. ; Colorado Campsite Guide...
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