7 Ideas for Your Last-minute Spring Break

 Image: Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Image: Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Get Western at this ranch near Gunnison where you can go horseback riding and enjoy the quiet, wide open spaces. The large outdoor hot springs pool is open year-round, and the ranch also has good access to Monarch Mountain and Crested Butte Mountain if you want to get some skiing in. Lodging starts at $104/night and meals are available by reservation in the onsite dining room.

The Cabins at Columbine

For the adventurous folks, visit the Cabins at Columbine which are sort of near Steamboat, but basically in the middle of nowhere. These charming and relatively cheap cabins are an awesome escape if you just want sip coffee, read, and play some cards.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Most people know this historic train for the gorgeous fall foliage on it's route and the summertime views of the raging Animas River. But on March 17, get on board for the St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Express. Fun for kids meets a party train since they'll be serving Irish beer and cocktails. Wearing green encouraged, corned beef optional. Tickets are $62/adult and $36/child.

Cottonwood Hot Springs

These hot springs near Buena Vista get less attention than their fancy southern neighbor, but Cottonwood is a fun little gem worth visiting. The multiple outdoor pools are most enjoyable at night under the stars. Private lodging starts at $119/night and pool-only rates are $15-$20 depending on age and day of the week.

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse

It's pricey, but the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse at Ski Cooper is an awesome experience. Here you'll ski or snowshoe about one mile to a tucked away yurt where you'll be served a four-course meal. Booze is extra, but what better place to sip a few Hibernation Ales? Ski and snowshoe rentals are included with your reservation which is $89/guest before tax and tip.

Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch

A sledding hill, cross country ski trails and pond hockey are all part of this cute cabin resort near Red Feather Lakes in Northern Colorado. Lodging ranges from small, primitive huts to regular lodge-like rooms with standard amenities. There's also an onsite restaurant and bar. None of it's fancy, but it's quaint and all-around fun. Lodging options range from $89/night to $210/night and winter camping is also available.

Echo Mountain

Located just about an hour from Denver near Mt. Evans, Echo Mountain recently got new ownership and a makeover. This area is gorgeous yet convenient if you're looking for a quick, low-commitment escape. It's also extremely affordable. Kids five and younger ski free, ages 6-15 ski for $39, and adult lift tickets are $49.

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