Planning an RV Trip Through Colorado
The state features incredible national parks and wonders that are a pleasure to visit any time of year. Visitors enjoy a range of activities from skiing and snowmobiling to golf and hiking. Denver, along with smaller cities and towns like Boulder, Vail and Aspen represent the blending of urban culture and outdoor adventure that makes Colorado such a unique place.
Since 2015, Lazydays has been proud to have Colorado as a state we can call home. In that time, our appreciation for this state’s unparalleled beauty, incredible people and unique culture has only grown. Check out some of our favorite RV destinations to visit on your next road trip to Colorado!
Denver is the perfect place to visit at any point during an RV road trip to Colorado. Whether you’re looking to start your trip in the big city or end a long vacation of adventure with a little urban R & R, the Mile-High City is the place.
Throughout the year, downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods offer an eclectic mix of restaurants, breweries, museums and other attractions to explore. Places like Larimer Square, Zeppelin Station and Denver Milk Market are a few hubs with diverse combinations of restaurants and bars. Uptown is a great dining and hangout spot and is home to City Park, the Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. For craft-beer lovers, the Denver Beer Trail includes 30 of the city’s 100+ craft breweries.
Sports and recreation lovers will have more than enough activities to choose from in Denver. The city is home to four professional sports teams, the Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies and Avalanche. All four play within a 15-minute walk of downtown, making for a great game day experience. During the winter, RVers must take advantage of the Winter Park Express Ski train. Departing from Denver Union Station, the two-hour train ride takes skiers directly from Downtown Denver to within a hundred feet of a chair lift. The city offers dozens of miles of trails, bike paths, golf courses, expeditions and more. Even better, Rocky Mountain National Park is a quick 90-minute drive from town.
For RVers heading to Denver, make sure to stop at Lazydays RV of Denver, which is a quick 15 minutes east of downtown. There, you’ll find the latest RV accessories and our team of expert certified RV technicians to help with any last-minute service needs you may have. If you’re heading to a Denver Broncos game, make sure to stop by the Lazydays RV Tailgating Lot for fun games and prizes, autograph sessions with Broncos alumni and more!
For an incredible Colorado alpine experience, the resort town of Vail is a must-visit on your next road trip to Colorado. A versatile mountain that offers incredible experiences all year round, Vail about 100 miles to the west of Denver. Vail Ski Resort is the crown jewel of the area and is one of the premier ski destinations in North America. The mountain offers over 5,300 skiable acres through a vertical rise of 3,450 feet. The runs offer a range of challenges for skiers of all abilities through 195 trails.
During the summer, the breathtaking wilderness of the surrounding White River National Forest opens for RVers to enjoy. Horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, off-roading and white-water rafting are just a few outdoor activities to partake in during the gorgeous Colorado spring and summer. Make sure to check out downtown Vail and Lionshead Village. There, you’ll find architecture reminiscent of a Bavarian mountain village along with plenty of incredible dining, shopping and nightlife options.
Another iconic Colorado mountain town, Aspen is an ideal location for RVers to unwind and enjoy some Rocky Mountain air. Home to four ski mountains, the town offers a quintessential winter experience. Buttermilk Mountain is home to the Winter X Games, which take place annually and feature the world’s best extreme athletes. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are other popular winter activities to partake in. After a long day on the mountain, head into town to enjoy a little après ski at one of Aspen’s many unique bars and hangouts.
During the summer, the town blooms into a cultural haven featuring a bustling art and music scene. Outdoor activities like hiking, rock-climbing, fishing, and golf are available, but the town’s many summer events are not to be missed. Check out a concert at Belly Up, a Broadway production at Theatre Aspen or a tour of America’s Independence, and Ashcroft ghost towns.
Rocky Mountain National Park
For the peak (pun-intended) nature experience in Colorado, head to Rocky Mountain National Park. Just 70 miles outside of Denver, the park boasts over 415 square miles of breathtaking mountain scenery. The park features four RV campgrounds that can accommodate a range of RV and motorhome lengths. Make sure to check the park’s road and weather conditions before visiting, especially in the winter. Snow can occur in some locations into July with weather varying throughout different areas of elevation.
Once you’ve settled into camp, the park is yours to explore. Head out on a hike to view the park’s diverse mix of wildlife that includes bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk. Fish in the parks many lakes and streams or enjoy a horseback ride through miles of gorgeous mountain country. Make sure to enjoy the scenery during the drives in and out of the park.
The Four Corners mark the point where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet. The southwestern part of the state makes up Colorado’s contribution to the monument, and the area has a rich history and natural landscape for RVers to explore. Durango and Cortez are the two closest towns and are great embarkation points to explore the region’s many archaeological sites. Some must-see spots include the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum and Hovenweep National Monument.
Durango offers a great southwestern experience with mountain biking, whitewater rafting and hiking as a few ways to explore the landscape. In typical Colorado fashion, skiing isn’t too far away, and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a fun trip that travels through the San Juan Mountains to the old mining town of Silverton.
If you’re looking for a laid-back, no-frills destination on your RV trip to Colorado, stop in Glenwood Springs. The town’s main attraction is its mineral hot springs. There are three main hot spring locations for RVers to visit: Glenwood Hot Springs, Yampah Hot Springs and Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Glenwood offers the largest hot springs mineral pool in the world while Yampah features underground steam baths for visitors to enjoy.
Since the town lies at the meeting point of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, there are plenty of other aquatic activities for RVers to check out. Stand-up paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and fishing are just a few favorite pastimes. As the town has grown in popularity, so has its downtown area. Shopping, dining, an escape room and the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue are all available in town.
Mesa Verde National Park
Home to over 5,000 archeological sites that include 600 cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde National Park is a truly stunning sight to behold. The cliff dwellings were the homes of the ancestral Pueblo people, who inhabited the area from 600 – 1300 CE. There are a few different ways to explore the park and the many incredible sites. RVers can go on guided tours, hike the park’s trails or enjoy the scenery during a drive through the park on their way to the Four Corners monument.
Only 30 miles from Denver, Boulder is a vibrant city that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors. Head to historic downtown and experience the bustling atmosphere of Pearl Street, where you’ll find restaurants, unique shops, fun bars and more. The Boulder Beer Trail hosts a few dozen craft breweries and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse provides an incredible setting to start your morning.
Boulder wouldn’t be a Colorado kind of town without an abundance of natural wonder to enjoy. Beyond the staples of skiing and snowshoeing, the city offers an insane amount of hiking and biking trails to explore. Many ends with stunning views of the Boulder Valley and are well worth a few return visits.