7 adventure hostels for outdoor travelers

Whether you’re skiing or groomed trails, cruising singletracks on your ATV, or learning to surf, here are some of the best hostels in the country suitable for nature-loving globetrotters.

With a growing collection of carefully designed upscale hostels, adventure travelers don’t need to break the bank to recoup in simple comfort, if not luxury.

Here are a handful of outward-facing hostels across the country. All of these accommodation options are billed an average of $ 50 or less per night at some of the most incredible outdoor centers across the country.


Editor’s Note: Check with each hostel and destination for the most recent COVID-19 requirements.


Adventure hostels for outdoor travelers

Pad Silverthorne

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Launched in November 2021, Pad Silverthorne is an upscale inn based in Silverthorne, Colorado, and geared towards the outdoor adventurer.

And it is not alone. 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 bunk beds 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 collaborative workspace, gear storage, a rooftop bar and hot tub, community lounges, and a shared kitchen. An on-site restaurant, Graze and Torreys, will open in early 2022.

In addition, the green design also includes 18 recycled shipping containers and a pending B Corp certification for sustainability.

The Pad also has a stunning calendar of events, packed with educational sessions such as free off-piste skiing and splitboard 101, as well as donation-based yoga classes.

Consult the prices at the Pad

Trestle house

A surfer’s paradise and art-infused digs, the Trestle 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 as well as experienced surfers, offers access to the seaside just 2 km away. The beach is also home to picnic areas, restrooms, and showers. Four miles south east San Onofre State Beach, another top-notch hub for surfing.

Book a no-frills single berth for $ 29 per night, plus equipment rental, including surfboards ($ 25-40 per day), wetsuits ($ 25 per day), and e-bikes with surf racks ($ 45 per day). And the hostel can put you in touch with surf lessons.

Ready to make you happy? Book the newly remodeled (and stylish) penthouse suite for $ 150 per night. The accommodation menu also includes apartments, trendy hotel rooms and rooms with bunk beds. You will have access to the living room, a shared kitchen and an outdoor barbecue.

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Mulberry Gap

Mulberry Gap - picking
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Known as the mountain biker’s getaway, the Mulberry Gap 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 skills, from singletrack to gravel and road. The Mulberry Gap team provides a shuttle service and can help you plan your route. Do not ride? Outdoor enthusiasts can also go hiking, running, swimming, fishing, and viewpoints.

For sleep, the Fox Den and Pinhoti Way cabins can sleep up to two people in bunk beds starting at $ 50 a night, along with a microwave and mini-fridge. Picturesque bridges and ponds populated with trout and koi dot the property, engulfed by rhododendrons as well as deciduous and hemlock trees.

There is also a dining room full of board games and wood stoves, a terrace, a camp kitchen and a public bath.

A hot tub and bike washing area can soothe the goods after a big day out. Filling homemade meals at community tables is part of the board (for an additional fee) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Check prices at Mulberry Gap

The hostel

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

The front yard has 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 help keep your tools ready for use. And there is a fridge, microwave, hotplates, and toaster for keeping and reheating food. A public bus goes from Teton Village to Jackson.

In low season, you can get a private king room for as little as $ 49 per night (they’ll even allow you to accommodate three people). Otherwise, the shared bunk room starts at $ 32 per night. (At the time of writing, shared dorms are on suspension due to COVID-19.)

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A-Lodge Boulder

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

Built for the outdoors-oriented travelers, the property has a cozy inn for four – starting at $ 55 a night – and a range of single hotel rooms with queen-size beds.

All guests can enjoy the upscale refurbished Lounge and Lobby, a historic Boulder County stone landmark known as the original Wagon Wheel Lodge. The upscale space includes a meeting room and seating areas for eating, working, socializing, enjoying libations, and warming up by the fireside.

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

Check prices at A-Lodge

Park City Hostel

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

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

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

Check prices at Park City Hostel

The Bivvi hostel

BIVVI Telluride
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The mountain lodge and youth hostel, nicknamed The Bivvi hostel, is nestled near the Telluride Box Canyon in southwest Colorado. The 10-minute valley ride from Telluride Ski Resort winds through a breathtaking gorge pierced by the San Miguel River.

A dorm for six people reserves for $ 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 bed reservation includes a personal locker and group en-suite bathroom, plus a free hot breakfast.

There are ski and bicycle lockers and shoe drying stations. Guests can relax in the outdoor hot tub or play billiards (ABV until the onsite liquor license is obtained).

A public bus (with limited journey times) and tip-based shuttle service operate Thursday through Sunday throughout the ski season.

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