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The Frontier Drive-In opened in May 1955. Its history is tied to the history of the San Luis Valley, a remote landscape that has remained unchanged in many ways since that opening night One of the few places you could see Spanish-language films in the 60s and 70s, most locals are happy to share stories about visiting the Frontier as kids and teens, though not everyone was there for the movie! In 1986, after changing hands a few times, the drive-in closed.

Our family has a long history of visiting the San Luis Valley. In 2016 a family friend, knowing our passion for art, film, real estate, and the SLV, reached out with the idea to bring back this special cultural space. Over the past 5 years, we have restored the neon sign and original 80' x 40' screen, outfitting the Frontier with state-of-the-art film screening equipment and luxurious new overnight accommodations. Future phases will add more lodging, a gathering hall, campsites, and RV hookups.

Find a deep, nourishing connection to your friends and family. Take in a film under the San Luis Valley’s pristine night sky. Come for weekends of curated movie and chef dinners, art installations, live music and experimental architecture events.

We screen films on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, from May through October - weather dependent. Film schedules are circulated to guests after booking. If you are traveling with kids or have special ratings requirements, please reach out to our staff in advance of booking. Our theater is NOT a traditional drive in, instead of sitting in a car, we invite our guests to bundle up and sit out on our lawn with provided lawn chairs - and enjoy a one of a kind experience of a movie under the expansive stars of the San Luis Valley. 

The Frontier Snackbar is the general activity hub for the whole site! It’s a great place to relax with friends, meet other guests, and load up on popcorn before a movie under the stars. It is a shared space for all our guests, so please be courteous of other guests; keep things tidy, be sure to clean up spaces after meal time, and do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. The Snackbar’s hours are from 6:30 AM to 11 PM, or a half hour after the screening has completed on movie nights. Please be mindful other guests might be waking up early for a sunrise at the sand dunes or some first chair laps at Wolf Creek – and keep your noise to a minimum. Please read our kitchen rules below if you are interested in cooking at the Frontier.

We love cooking with friends and family, and the Frontier was designed to facilitate communal meals. The kitchen has a refrigerator and freezer for all guests to use, as well as, plates, bowls, mugs, utensils and cups. If you'd like to cook during your stay, you can pre-book a kitchen drawer (which includes a number of cooking tools including pots, pans, cutting boards, knives, etc.) along with your reservation. You will receive the padlock code to your drawer at check-in. Please clean cooking tools and utensils before loading your box at the end of your trip. Any missing items at the end of your stay will be charged back to the credit card on file. The Frontier does not have any food goods for sale or guest use - guests are responsible for bringing any cooking 

POPCORN: Our popcorn machine is for operation by staff members, ONLY. Please do not attempt to use it. We will, of course, be offering free popcorn during any film screenings.

STOVE: Chefs – Our kitchen is equipped with a induction stove top – just like some of the best restaurants in the world! It works by sending heat directly into the pan (not all pans will work – only stainless steel, cast iron, or enameled iron). Place the pan on the stove, spin the corresponding dial to a desired setting, and your pan should be heated within the minute. Don’t forget to use the hood (push the clock button and then a number setting) Please use caution when using the stove – the stove surface and pan will both heat up quickly.

We charge $25 per pet, per week, with a maximum two pets per room. If you are traveling with a pet, please let us know ahead of time so that arrangements can be made. Pet must be fully trained and kept on a leash, unless in the guest's room. Pet's must not be left unattended. Guests are responsible for cleaning up after their pets on property (we have a poo station near the Snackbar), and are responsible for all property damages and/or personal injuries resulting from their pet. Any unruly pets that cannot be controlled will be asked to leave; this includes incessant barking, damaging property and aggressive behavior. Guests agree to indemnify and hold harmless the hotel, its owners and its operator from all liability and damage suffered as a result of guest's pet. The hotel reserves the right to charge guest's account to cover the cost of such damage at the hotel's sole discretion. 

The Frontier does not offer nightly housekeeping.

We grew up exploring all the San Luis Valley has to offer as children - and we are excited to welcome the next generation of kids to this magical place! Frontier Drive-Inn is excited to welcome guests of all ages. Be sure to check our film schedule in advance of your booking - family-friendly weekends will feature only G-rated films. Staff will be happy to provide more information about film ratings on other weekends upon request.

Yes! We have a generous parking lot. Our loop-style fire road makes it easy for guests to drop heavy suitcases in their rooms, but please only park overnight in the designated parking area.

There are not bathrooms in the yurts. Guests staying in our yurts can use the shared, spa-like restroom facilities at the center of each yurt "pod," which have two showers and two bathrooms each, plus generous sink space. Shower and toilet facilities are fully private and enclosed.

Please be aware that we have a number of security cameras located throughout our site. These are in place for the safety and security of both our guests and the site.

The Frontier Drive-Inn is a non-smoking property. A minimum cleaning fee of $350 per room will be charged to guests who smoke in their rooms.

Looking to redeem a Frontier Drive-Inn Gift Card? Lucky you! To redeem, please make a reservation through our online booking system, and contact our staff directly to have the balance of your gift card applied to your reservation. 

Property Name: Frontier Drive-Inn

Street Address: 105 E County Rd. 11 N

City : Center - Colorado

Postal Code : 81125

Phone: 720-946-4691


  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Contactless check-in / check-out
  • Evening entertainment
  • Guest parking
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Movie nights
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Picnic area
  • Property has wheelchair access
  • Shared kitchen
  • Smoke alarms
  • Smoke-free property
  • Toilet with grab rails

Check-in/Check-out Policies

This property has the following check-in and check-out times and policies:

Check-In: 3:00 PM

Check-Out: 11:00 AM

Property and Cancelation Policies :

Full Charge - Full Deposit - If canceled within 7 days of arrival

Partial Charge - 50% of Deposit - If canceled within 14 days of arrival

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