A three-day weekend in Denver opens up a world of possibilities, from road tripping around National Parks to barbecuing at some nice spots in your own neighborhood. My friends and I wanted to get out of town, away from the crowds, but not spend the entire weekend on the road. So we loaded up our cars with bags of salty snacks, dirt covered packs brimming with gear, one very fluffy puppy, and drove the just over five hours into the San Juans to find our campsite. After pitching our homes for the night and filling our bellies with dinners warmed by the fire, we crawl into our sleeping bags for a good night’s rest. Next morning we’ll be conquering the class 3, seven-mile trail to Wetterhorn Peak.