Distance from Denver: 2 hours, 12 minutes; 121 miles
You yearn for the wilderness, but you haven’t owned a tent since the little pop-up you got for your eighth birthday. Don’t worry, the rustic (and unquestionably cool) Bassam Guardstation cabin outside Buena Vista is for you. The guardstation, formerly occupied by a forest guard that documented forest conditions as early as 1911, boasts a full-sized bed, chairs, a table, propane tanks, a hand pump for water, and a very Jack Kerouac aesthetic. The place goes for $50 a night, allows stays up to two weeks, and even permits extra tents on the premises to accommodate your beatnik friends.