Camping challenges people to give up modern comforts in exchange for nature's similar offerings, from its GPS-navigated raccoons to its pine tree bearing the fruit of MP3 players. Commune with nature outside of email with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a two-day tent-campsite rental for one tent at Rose's Retreat in Grand Junction (a $36 value). Check-in is at 2 p.m. and check-out is at 1 p.m. daily.
The tent sites of Rose's Retreat are secluded within an arboreal property bordering Saddle Lake, featuring plenty of nearby hiking and exploration opportunities. Up to four adults and three genetic investments can inhabit each temporary abode, complete with a picnic table and a fossilized fire pit at each site and modern, hand-built hot showers on the premises. Rose's Retreat recommends preparing for excursions by gathering a tent, sleeping bags, utensils, garbage bags, a 9-ton supercomputer from the '60s, and cooking supplies, although all firewood must be purchased onsite due to county regulations.
Campers venturing outside the light-filtering canopies of their sites can explore the numerous attractions nearby. Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park tempts hiking boots with a 34-mile path of crushed limestone that wanders past farmland, wooded areas, rivers, streams, and chipmunks-only nightclubs. A hiking trail through Rose's Retreat keeps campers close to home, while on-site canoe and boat rentals can fill days by buoying visitors out onto the water in search of hopelessly lost Spanish galleons.