Ten unusual places to stay in Colorado

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A Colorado summer can be short, which is why those in the know hit the road early and often, from Memorial Day to Labor Day -- and even later if they can. There are plenty of campgrounds, RV sites, motels, condos and luxury resorts to choose from, but it's hard to top the character or quirkyness of the following list of ten unusual places to stay.

Our Summer Guide, which hit the streets last week inside the regular issue of Westword includes this list along with information on hundreds of events and things to do this summer. Keep reading for our picks.

See also: Ten don't-miss mountain festivals in Colorado

Movie Manor
2830 U.S. Highway 160 West, Monte Vista

For fifty years, the Kelloff family ran what is the world's only known hotel/drive-in movie theater, and although new owners took over in 2013, Movie Manor -- now part of the Best Western chain - still allows guests to catch flicks on the big screen from the comfort of their own rooms. When you call to make reservations, check to see what movies are playing on the two screens and at what time. They're usually action or family-friendly blockbusters.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort
650 Sky View Lane, Larkspur

Jellystone is not where you go to get back to nature. It's where you go to be surrounded by other people, who are in turn surrounded by nature. You also need to have a good sense of humor - and kids, probably, since the 100-acre private campground/resort includes pools, themed weekends and innumerable activities. And while the resort offers tent sites, cabins, huts and yurts, the most famous lodging option is the tipis, each of which sleep six people. The rates start at $50 per night; the photos will be priceless.

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Starlite Classic Campground
30 County Road 3A, CaƱon City

Wanna go back in time? Back to a place where Tupperware was brand-new, pink flamingos weren't ironic and Americans could afford to buy the cars they made? Then head to Starlite Classic Campground near the Royal Gorge, where owners Sylvia Davids and Larry Hill have restored ten mid-century trailers and RVs. Pick from Sally, a pink 1962 Shasta Airflyte; Baily, a metal-encased 1950 Spartan Royal Mansion; or Shaggy, a 22-foot 1972 Ken-Craft, among others. The nightly rates for these historic classics aren't quite as vintage, but the experience will make camping seem peachy keen.

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