Move along the top of the Rocky Mountains on the Top of the Rockies Byway in Colorado. This trip is an exciting venture across our planet’s most incredible Continental Divide. Sea level is a thing of the past and the rugged mountains present themselves to you in all their magnificence. An ideal destination, too, to get out of the summer heat! Experience the best of the Rockies on this RV trip!
Beginning your adventure in Aspen, you may want to spend some time in this mountain town before moving on. With all the trails surrounding Aspen, it is a great place to get out and hike. Of course, there is always something going on right in town, from a festival to a sporting event. You’ll find something to capture your fancy. Find a secluded spot to sit and fish for a day.
As you follow Highway 82, you are going to come to Independence Pass, a pass that has challenged travelers for many decades. You can drive three miles from the summit to visit the ghost town of Independence to get an idea of the many broken dreams of those who left when the gold rush was over. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Upper Lost Man Trailhead Interpretative Site on your way to this spot. Learning a little history is always good for the soul and puts things in perspective.
If anyone in your party is blind or disabled, the Braille and Discovery Trails were developed especially for them. The Braille Trail allows visitors to experience the outdoors in so many ways – sound, touch and smell. It is an enlightening experience for anyone at all and is worth a stop.
Stop in Twin Lakes on your way along this scenic byway. The town overlooks the Twin Lakes and has the towering Mt. Elbert as a backdrop. The natural beauty of this area will simply take your breath away. And then, you will come to Leadville. Truly a historic town, Leadville offers a charm that is hard to resist. Besides great food, you will have the opportunity to get out into the wilderness and hike, bike, or fish – or all three. Browse the antique stores. Perhaps buy a gift for a friend or loved one back home. You will have many great amenities at Leadville RV Corral, so settle in there for the duration.
While in Leadville, be sure to see Tabor Opera House, currently being renovated to restore it to its original beauty. Also stop at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum to see numerous displays of valuable metals and minerals. This museum honors those who worked so hard to discover and develop our country’s natural resources.
Pass through Red Cliff (or stop for a snack) and then on to Minturn which marks the end of your RV adventure. The views here are wonderful, and you can stop and take them in before turning to head for home. There is nothing like a summer Rocky Mountain RV trip to rejuvenate the spirit.
Picture credits: The pictures of the Rockies near Twin Lake is from the National Scenic Byway website. The picture of downtown Leadville is by Dennis Adams and is from the National Scenic Byways website. Both images are in the public domain.