7 adventure hostels for outdoor travelers

Whether you’re skiing or grooming, navigating singletrack mountain biking or learning to surf, here are some of the best hostels in the country designed for nature-loving globetrotters.

With a growing collection of thoughtfully designed upscale hostels, adventure travelers don’t need to break the bank to recuperate in simple, even luxurious comfort.

Here are a handful of outdoor-focused hostels across the country. All of these lodging options charge an average of $50 or less per night at some of the country’s most incredible outdoor resorts.

Editor’s note: Check with each hostel and destination for the latest COVID-19 requirements.

Adventure hostels for outdoor travelers

The Silverthorne Pad

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Launched in November 2021, The Silverthorne Pad is an upscale hostel based in Silverthorne, Colorado geared toward outdoor adventurers.

And it’s not the only one. Six major resorts surround the hybrid boutique hotel: Keystone Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Vail Ski Resort, and Loveland Ski Area. All are within a 15 to 34 minute drive of The Pad.

Dorm-style bunks start at $45 per night (up to $350 per night for private suites). People can also book micro rooms and traditional hotel rooms.

Guests have access to a shared workspace, gear storage, rooftop bar and hot tub, community lounges, and communal kitchen. An on-site restaurant, Graze and Torreys, will open in early 2022.

Additionally, the eco-friendly design also includes 18 recycled shipping containers and has a pending B Corp certification for sustainability.

The Pad also has a vibrant event calendar filled with educational sessions like free off-piste skiing and splitboarding 101 as well as donation-based yoga classes.

Check prices at The Pad

easel house

Paradise for surfers and places steeped in art, the easel house is a boutique hotel and hostel in San Clemente, California. As the name suggests, it borders nearly 20 local breaks.

San Clemente State Beach, a paradise for beginners and advanced surfers, offers beachfront access just 2 km away. The beach is also home to picnic areas, restrooms and showers. Four miles southeast San Onofre State Beachanother top notch hub to enjoy surfing.

Book a no-frills single berth for $29 per night, plus gear hire, including boogie boards ($25-40 per day), wetsuits ($25 per day), and e-bikes with racks surfing ($45 per day). And the hostel can offer you surf lessons.

Ready to treat yourself? Reserve the newly remodeled (and stylish) penthouse suite for $150 per night. The accommodation menu also includes apartments, trendy hotel rooms, and bunk rooms. You will have access to the lounge, a shared kitchen and an outdoor barbecue.

Check prices at House of Trestles

mulberry hole

Mulberry Gap - picking
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Known as the getaway for mountain bikers, the mulberry hole is a beehive of 10 rustic cabins nestled beside Holly Creek in the Appalachian foothills northwest of Ellijay, Georgia.

The property sits at the heart of routes for all abilities, from singletrack to gravel and road. The Mulberry Gap team offers a shuttle service and can help you plan your itinerary. You don’t ride? Outdoor enthusiasts can also hike, run, swim, fish and admire.

As an eye-opener, the Fox Den and Pinhoti Way cabins sleep up to two people in bunk beds starting at $50 per night, plus microwaves and mini-fridges. Picturesque bridges and ponds stocked with trout and koi dot the property, engulfed by rhododendrons as well as hardwoods and hemlocks.

There’s also a dining room full of board games and wood-burning stoves, a deck, camp kitchen, and bathhouse.

A hot tub and bike wash area can soothe the goods after a big day outdoors. Filling in home-style meals at community tables is part of the picture (at an additional cost) for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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the inn

If you’re on a budget and heading out to explore the scenic splendor of the Grand Tetons and Jackson, Wyo., look no further than the inn. This is where I had the pleasure of staying on my first week-long ski trip to Jackson circa 2010. The simple, pet-friendly pad is at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – what more could you ask for ?!

The front yard includes picnic tables as well as an indoor recreation room with pool and ping pong tables, shuffleboard and foosball. A ski waxing area and gear storage area help you keep your tools ready for use. And there’s a fridge, microwave, hob and toaster for storing and reheating food. A public bus runs from Teton Village to Jackson.

In the low season, you can snag a private king room for as little as $49 per night (they’ll even let you squeeze three guests in there). Otherwise, the bunk room starts at $32 per night. (As of this writing, shared dorms are on hold due to COVID-19.)

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A-Lodge Boulder

A-Lodge Boulder

Nestled in Fourmile Canyon is A-Lodge Boulderan inn and hotel a few miles west of Boulder, Colorado. Eldora Mountain Ski Resort is a 30-minute drive west and Rocky Mountain National Park is 60 minutes north.

Built for outdoor-oriented travelers, the property offers a cozy hostel for four — starting at $55 a night — and a range of simple hotel rooms with queen-size beds.

All guests can enjoy the upscale renovated lounge and lobby, a historic Boulder County stone landmark known as the original Wagon Wheel Lodge. The upscale space includes a meeting room and lounge areas for dining, working, socializing, enjoying libations, and warming up by the fireplace.

The A-Lodge also offers a hot tub, swimming pool, creekside lodge, slackline park and shuttle service to Eldora. (Note: As of this writing, shuttle service is on hiatus.)

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Park City Hostel

Utah is one of the best places in the world for blowing powder. And it’s a must for any resort athlete to venture out and see one of the many ski areas in the state. For budget travellers, head to Park City Hostelwhere dorm-style bunk beds start at $58 per night during winter high tide (the price drops during low season).

The space includes a large common area with a group kitchen, pool table, free coffee and tea bar, and a rooftop terrace.

A free bus runs every 20 minutes to take people from the hostel to Park City Mountain Resort, less than 10 minutes away. Deer Valley Resort is an additional 10 minute bus ride. Visitors could also take turns at Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta Ski Area or Snowbird.

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The Bivvi Hostel

BIVVI Telluride
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The boutique mountain chalet and lodge, nicknamed The Bivvi Hostel, is nestled near the box canyon of Telluride in southwestern Colorado. The 10-minute drive down the valley from Telluride Ski Resort winds through a breathtaking gorge pierced by the San Miguel River.

A six-person dorm books at $65 per night — the most expensive option on our list. And with such limited space in this quaint mountain town, the price is for good reason. The bunk booking includes a personal locker and shared bathroom, plus complimentary hot breakfast.

There are ski and bike racks and boot drying stations. Guests can relax in the outdoor hot tub or play pool (bring your own drinks until the on-site liquor license is obtained).

A public bus (with limited hours) and a paid shuttle service operate Thursday through Sunday throughout the ski season.

Check prices at Bivvi Hostel