Even with Boulder Canyon building targeted traffic, it only took a couple of minutes to drive from Pearl Street in downtown Boulder to Adventure Lodge, a mixture hotel, hostel, campground, and adventure center positioned at the head of 4 Mile Canyon and re-imagined in 2015 from a historic hotel internet site.
As my daughters and I pulled into the driveway, the tree-shaded grounds have been abuzz, men and women hanging out on either side of a bubbling creek. The people at A-Lodge have been hosting a “circle the wagons” occasion to showcase neighborhood outdoors-connected businesses, and the parking lot and lawn have been a sea of campers, campervans, meals trucks, and craft beverage tables. A lady sang and played guitar by the lawn games, men and women sat about a fire pit, and, across the creek, men and women have been wandering in and out of the modest lodge-lobby creating.
The hotel has 27 rooms, a 12-bed hostel and a three-bedroom cabin, but I was most interested in the 4 tent web pages constructed into the steep, wooded hillside behind the lodge. I’d never ever realized there was a campground virtually inside the city limits. The tent web pages are easy, sturdy wood platforms. Campers get access to all the popular spaces and lobby amenities, such as bathrooms, absolutely free breakfast, craft beers on tap, and many balconies and patios, so it is a quite great deal at $45. There’s also a pool, hot tub, gathering areas, and space for yoga classes, meetings, talks, retreats and events.
A cool breeze blew down the drainage and ruffled my girls’ hair as they climbed onto the slacklines to test their balance. Certainly, there is a lot for guests to do — two hiking trails are accessible from the house and there’s nearby climbing, fishing and biking in Boulder Canyon. A-Lodge also gives two Mercedes Sprinter adventure vans for rent.
Following checking out the “wagons” I sat down with Asa Firestone, founder and CEO of A-Lodge, to discover out extra. Asa is a climber with a physics degree from CU Boulder and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He co-founded A-Lodge in 2014 (with Kris Klauber, COO) and received Elevation Outdoors’ entrepreneur of the year award in 2019. I asked what he envisioned when he produced the house.
“Our original idea was to generate a climber’s hostel for Boulder,” he mentioned. “With hotel rooms in Boulder beginning effectively above $200 a evening, no hostel, and no camping, how would a climber, cyclist or international traveler ever be in a position to take a look at Boulder? We set out to resolve that.”
The house now has oodles of popular space exactly where guests and locals hang out and mix effortlessly, as effectively as some exciting neighborhood partnerships and events. The A-Lodge Below the Stars Film Series partners the house with the Boulder Adventure Film Festival and draws hundreds of Boulderites, a lot of on bicycles, to devote an evening watching “adventure porn” on a 25-foot inflatable screen. A-Lodge also partners with Adidas Terrex to host neighborhood trail runs and yoga classes.
Following falling off the slacklines, we walked more than to the pizza truck for dinner, though suggestions of returning for a camping keep-cation started solidifying in my thoughts.
If You Go
Make reservations at a-lodge.com or 303-444-0882. The charge for tent web pages and van spots is $45 per evening (auto camping web pages are for vans, trailers and conversion cars much less than 24 feet — no RVs or generators). Rooms start out at $100 a evening, hostel beds, $40. See the web site for fall specials on adventure van rentals and winter space promos. Attempt to time your take a look at on a Second Saturdays music evening, when the lodge host bands in the beer garden.
Directions: From downtown Boulder, head west up Canyon Boulevard into Boulder Canyon for two.five miles. Turn appropriate on Fourmile Canyon Drive. A-Lodge will be the very first driveway on your left.
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