RV Adventures in Colorado National and State Parks

Colorado offers so many National and State parks plus a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts that it may be tricky to decide where to start. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots.

If you are starting out at El Monte RV’s  Denver rental location,  you could travel north to Rocky Mountain National Park, or just south a bit to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and pick some spots to stay along the way, but be sure to get to the western edge of Colorado to Colorado National Monument and all the way to southern Colorado to the Capulin Volcano National Monument this summer as it is truly full of national treasure.

There are 13 National Parks in Colorado – Here are a few highlights:

Rocky Mountain National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road –cresting at over 12,000 feet, and including many overlooks to experience the sub-alpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument: Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

Capulin Volcano National Monument: Although this monument is in New Mexico, it is worth the drive a little farther south and east to see it. View a dramatic landscape—a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Open all day and night year-round; the tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece of a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience a starry sky on moonless nights, or a surreal walk on the dunes under bright full moonlight.

One thing you should also note, there is also a Free Admission Day to many national parks on Sunday, August 25th to commemorate the National Park Service Anniversary, and on September 28th to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

State Parks in Colorado

Not to be missed are some of the most spectacular sights ensconced in the 41 State Parks of Colorado. Colorado’s 41 state parks are as diverse as the state itself, and they offer something for everyone. Take a hair-raising whitewater river trip, or kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. Enjoy a family picnic, cast a line in the water, take a hike, ride a horse, try snowshoeing or discover geocaching. From Eastern Plains parks at 3,800 feet to high-mountain parks at 9,500, the network of state parks offers a wealth of activities for busy people of all ages, or the chance to do nothing at all. You can play on land or on water: on a high peak or on the prairie: in the country or the city: in spring, summer, winter or fall. Download a guide to Colorado’s 41 state parks. Here are just a few suggestions:

Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre Front Range Park established in 1960 has 36 miles of hiking trails, with horse and bicycle travel allowed on 22 miles.

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado. The park retains a unique part of Colorado’s history, the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Visitors can still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in 1933.

Mueller State Park: Mueller State Park is a Colorado state park encompassing 5,112 acres of land outside Divide, Colorado, west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The park offers many outdoor activities. There are 55 miles of trails, biking, year-round camping, hunting, hiking, and horseback riding.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Colorado. To find which parks will reserve spaces for camping in your RV, go to Colorado Campgrounds and Camping provided by ReserveAmerica.

Camp in the National Parks – with reservations for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, our national park system is very sophisticated and they purposely leave many sites first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at the park’s websites.

To make the most of your Colorado parks trip, easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Denver.

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