The Elkhead Mountains offer a calm respite from the crowded trails found along many Steamboat Springs–area mountain ranges. The drivers at Elkhorn Adventure Tours take full advantage of the open space, bounding across the landscape in a fleet of open-top Call of Duty–model Jeep Wranglers. The off-roaders lead half-day and full-day tours throughout the scenic backcountry, filled with sights of natural vegetation and wildlife such as elk and antelope. During longer tours, guests pause to enjoy a packed picnic lunch or sandwich as they debate the logistics of creating a second Mount Rushmore featuring only Baldwin brothers.
You and your snowfriend will have a choice of three tours: the 4:30 sunset tour (offered seven days a week) and the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tours (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Whichever one you pick, a First Aid–certified guide will lead you down adventurous, ungroomed trails and treat you to awe-inspiring views of seven different mountain ranges. The low guest-to-guide ratio (typically 5:1) ensures that you won't get lost and have to fall back on the tauntaun-gutting survival skills you learned from watching Discovery Channel.
The Estes Park lodges are surrounded on three sides by the dramatic wilderness of the Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to enjoying the YMCA’s many amenities, guests are within hiking distance of one of the continental U.S.’s most scenic outdoor refuges. Each room in the cozy Longs Peak, Emerald Mountain, and Rams Horn lodges sleeps up to five guests in two queen beds and a floor futon, and once you and your brood check in, you’re free to explore the abundant activities available at the more-than-100-year-old establishment. During warmer months, shoot a round of mini golf or challenge a child to a one-on-one basketball or volleyball throwdown (indoor courts are available fall through spring). In the winter, outdoor ice skating and guided snowshoe activities are offered for fans of the frigid winterscape. Lower-key visitors or those with a screaming need for x-treme learning can wander into the fully stocked library or historical museum.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning in high-powered beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.