RVing is a very popular way to travel and to experience a memorable vacation. There are a ton of advantages of traveling through Colorado in a recreational vehicle (RV) – some of the most common benefits include:
- Cost Savings. Yes, you will pay more for gasoline; however, this cost will be offset by other types of savings such as food and hotel expense. In fact, an RV vacation can cut costs by more than 75% when compared to a traditional vacation. There are also companies that offer RV loans when you are in a financial pinch.
- The ability to come and go as you please is a perk for many people. There is no worry that you may miss a flight. Additionally, you can change your destination and time frame at a moment’s notice.
- Comforts of home. RVing is truly a home on wheels. You have all the conveniences of home including bathroom access 24 hours a day. No stopping to get a soft drink or a coffee, simple go into the kitchen area while the driver doesn’t have to stop at all.
- Some great friendships began at RV parks, so take a moment (or two) to get to know your fellow campers. This type of instant camaraderie is unheard of in a hotel setting.
- Basically a moveable classroom outside as you and your family will be learning as you explore rock formations, museums, and libraries on the road. Also, bring along a pair of binoculars and a book on birds or constellations and learn to appreciate nature on a whole new level.
It is difficult to recommend a time to travel to Colorado as each season has its own beauty. However, regardless of the time of year you decide to visit, below are some inspiring spots to experience during your RV adventure.
Garden of the Gods
This majestically place is open all year-round and regardless of the season that you visit, the beauty is extraordinary; however, if you decide to visit during the colder months, remember to dress according.
The red rock formations are truly breathtaking, but besides being a spectacular sight, the more than 1,300 acres are available to go hiking, rock climbing, biking, and horseback riding. In addition to being free, some trails are paved and wheelchair / stroller accessible.
The address is 1805 N. 30th Street in Colorado Springs. Colorado. For more information, please call (719) 634-6666 or visit their web site at gardenofgods.com.
Rocky Mountain National Park
If you are traveling with children, you don’t want to miss this stop. The view is picture perfect and children can seek out an elk, wildlife that live in the stream, and the birds that soar in the sky. Stop by the visitor center and you may witness an elk grazing nearby. The Hiwan Homestead Museum is nearby and you can see how people used to live in the beautiful, but harsh, mountains many years ago. Estes Park is located on the east side of the park and there you will find restaurants, souvenir shops, and a delicious cup of coffee in one of the local coffee houses. Additionally, this is where the “Stanley Hotel” (which was featured in the film “The Shining”) is located and it is said to be haunted.
The address is 1000 US Hwy 36, in Este Park, Colorado. A 7-day vehicle pass is $30, but if you are just passing through a 1-day vehicle pass is $20. For more information, please visit the website: www.nps.gov/romo.
The camp grounds available inside the park include: Glacier Basin, Aspenglen, Timber Creek, and Moraine Park. Trailer and RV length are limited to 30 feet and there are no hookups available.
Pikes Peak is a famous summit in America; visitors can drive it, hike it, or use the railway to take you to the top. While visiting this area, stop by the “Cheyenne Zoo”, “Seven Falls”, and the “Cave of the Winds”.
The address is 5089 Pikes Peak Highway in Cascade, Colorado. For more information, please call 719-385-7325 or visit the website at pikespeakcolorado.com. The price for adults is $15 and $5 for children; however, car loads of 5 or more are entitled to a discount.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
This amazing gorge is ten (10) miles long and has walls of granite that tower more than 1,000 feet into the air. Visitors can walk along the bridge or take a gondola ride to the other side of the gorge. The highest zip line adventure is also found here.
The address is 4218 County Road in Canon City. The price for adults is $26, children $21, and the young at heart (over age 60) pay $23. For more information on the bridge and park, please call 888-333-5597 or visit their website at royalgorgebridge.com.
You can park your RV at the RoyalGorge/Canon City KOA which has a pool and mini golf range to enjoy with the family. Other close campgrounds include Echo Canyon and Royal View.
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Who needs snow to go sledding? Not you! If you visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve – as here you will find the tallest sand dunes in North America. Also, other popular activities include hunting, fishing, and mountain biking. Another great feature is the fact that there are no big city lights to distract you from the amazing night sky that dances with brilliant stars.
The address is 11999 State Highway 150, Mosca, Colorado. Expect to pay $15 per car but if you need more information, please call 719-378-6395 or visit the web site at: nps.gov/grsa.
Colorado has many beautiful and interesting places to visit, so whether you enjoy the outdoors, appreciate the arts, or an aficionado of craft beer, you will love Colorado. We hope these Colorado RV travel idea gives you a starting point to experience this amazing state.