RV Vacation – Summertime Music and Other Festivals

Part of your summer vacation plans should include getting on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting and entertaining music and other festivals and fairs! August is packed with lots of exciting events all around the country.

Several are featured here but please check our EVENTS page for many other possibilities.

From Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival to the Oregon Jamboree on the weekend of August 1-4th, there are lots of options on the first weekend in August.  

The weekend of the 1st to 4th of August will find Grant Park in Chicago filled with fans of alternative rock and hip-hop bands like The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, 21 Pilots, and Childish Gambino among a host of other high-profile musical celebrities. Ariana Grande will perform on Sunday August 4th and there is an aftershow (should be called a pre-show) at the Metro on Clark Street on July 31st to kick off this weekend, featuring Hozier. For all the details and the full lineup please see Lollapalooza Music Festival.

The Oregon Jamboree, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music and camping festival, occurs on the same weekend – from the 1st to 4th of August in Sweet Home, OR. It features the Brothers Osborne, Hank Williams, Jr. and Chris Young, among many other featured country stars. Check out their website for all the details and for ticket sales.

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair is held in Lafayette, NJ and is held from August 2nd to 11th. Then the Illinois State Fair starts in Springfield on August 8th and runs through the 18th. This year the fair will feature such grandstand acts as Pentatonix, Snoop Dogg and Friends, Montgomery Gentry, and Neil Diamond as well as Shinedown, Reba McEntire and many other stars. Check their respective websites for all the details and ticket information.

If you happen to be on the East Coast, take in the Moonrise Music Festival in Baltimore from August 10th-11th. This unique festival is held on the Pimlico Race Course (yes of Triple Crown fame), and is right in the middle of the action, but about 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, and they even have shuttle service so you won’t have to hassle with traffic. For the full lineup of talent and the various other events around the main event, see the website at Moonrise Music Festival.

This is the high season for State Fairs, as the Kentucky State Fair begins in Louisville on August 15th and runs through the 25th. Besides the usual State Fair fare, there will also be a Texas Roadhouse Concert series which occurs each day of the Fair. Concerts each begin at 8 pm, except the Sunday, August 25th show which starts at 4 pm. For all the details and the exceptional lineup of top-shelf entertainment, see their website.

If you are near Watkins Glen, NY the Woodstock Music Festival runs from August 16th to 18th. This is the place to be for the most eclectic bill of music from hip-hop and rock to some pop and even some of the legacy bands from the original festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 celebration and will be headed by founder Michael Lang. The Woodstock 50 lineup is a star-studded one. Among the artists/bands scheduled for the festival are: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Nahko and Medicine for the People, Imagine Dragons, Judah and the Lion, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Pussy Riot, and many more. Among the original Woodstock acts appearing are Santana, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Country Joe McDonald, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna. Check out their website for all the information you will need about the tickets and camping there this August.

If you happen to be on the West Coast, take in the Psycho Music Festival that same weekend at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas (August 16th-18th). Featuring more than 70 artists from around the world, this mid-August mirage in the desert will be packed full of music and fun. See their website for the details.

Wrapping up the month are three more State Fairs, both from August 22nd to September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fair in Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; the third is the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo from August 23rd to September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’s page to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure to, be sure to take your family and camera so you can capture the memories of this exciting summer fun.

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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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NHRA Racing Action Heats Up in July!

This July, plan your family’s RV vacation in advance to take advantage of one of these exciting NHRA races.  From July 5th–7th, NHRA New England Nationals take place at New Hampshire’s New England Dragway.  Then two weeks later, from July 19th– 21st, take off for the Denver area in your RV or ours to follow the Nationals at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA races at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.  The last weekend of July finds NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, CA at Sonoma Raceway.  Don’t miss the action of watching heart pounding drag racing while camping out in your RV at one of these exciting spots!

New Hampshire’s New England Dragway – July 5th-7th

Celebrate 4th of July weekend at the NHRA New England Nationals! The storied drag racing history in New England prompted the construction of the New England Dragway in Epping, NH in 1966. Recent enhancements, including an all-concrete racing surface, set the stage each year for this highly anticipated event. Click to see the complete weekend schedule at New Hampshire’s New England Dragway.

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

You can rent an RV nearby at our El Monte RV Rentals locations in either Kingston, PA or Linden, NJ. For more information on pricing and availability, please check with the El Monte RV Rental location. For camping in your RV, there are numerous campgrounds in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire, which you can see here.

Then two weeks after this excitement on the east coast, try traveling to the Bandimere Speedway on July 19th-21st, for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA NationalsElevated at 5,869 feet, this is more than a mile-high and will be non-stop action from start to finish.  The schedule opens on Friday with the Pro Stock Qualifying Sessions and the Nitro Qualifying Sessions, and continues with more qualifying sessions on Saturday, capped off by the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations Finals on Sunday afternoon.  To see a fully detailed schedule of the action, see the Dodge Mile-High Nationals Schedule page. And to find out about camping at the Mile-High Nationals, see their Dodge Mile-High NHRA RV Parking page. As many of the sites are sold out, you may want to get their early and park off-site, or you can look up other area RV campgrounds near Bandimere Speedway. There are 3 that are close by, the Clear Creek RV Park and Dakota Ridge RV Parks in Golden, and Indian Paintbrush Campground in Morrison, just minutes from the Speedway.

For a nearby location for an RV Rental, you can’t get much closer than our El Monte RV location in Denver, just a 25 minute ride from the track. Check with them early to reserve your RV and have a first-class weekend at the track.

The last weekend in July (26th–28th) brings NHRA home to California.  Although the NHRA Museum is located in Pomona, near Los Angeles, NHRA fans will certainly enjoy the northern California climate for these races in Sonoma.  The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series blasts onto the Sonoma drag strip, July 26-28.

Track records were set in 2018, so come out to see John Force, Antron Brown and Ron Capps as they push the limits to be quicker than ever before.  The track at Sonoma is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is thrilled to have NHRA returning to this awesome track.  Every ticket to these drag races doubles as a pit pass so don’t miss the opportunity to see record-breaking speeds and meet the drivers while you enjoy the weekend at Sonoma.  Camping at Sonoma is a family experience with lots of choices of campgrounds to suit your family’s needs.  Try to reserve early to get your choice of campsites in one of their seven campgrounds.

To rent an RV, there are several nearby El Monte RV California Locations: in Dublin (San Francisco area), Sacramento, Santa Cruz (Scotts Valley), CA, or Reno, Nevada. Please check the closest location to you to see about available rentals and rates.

Whichever track you choose to visit, have fun watching these amazingly fast dragsters burn up the speed records on the track.

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Winter RV Trip: Five Stunning National Parks

Feeling the shorter days and colder temperatures creeping up on you? Would you like to plan to get away, have fun and stay warm while you enjoy some of our national treasures? Here are five stunning National Parks you can visit during the coming months to lift your spirits and allow you to commune with nature.

If time allows, combine a few of these adventures while traveling in your RV so you have everything you need with you.

  • You can enjoy dog sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch, near Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter Park, CO. What an unusual experience and so much fun! See more information about it here.
  • Visit Olympic National Park and watch a winter storm travel across the Pacific from a luxurious hot tub. Olympic National Park has 73 miles of coastline that turns into a wave-crashing show in the winter. From November through February, storms coming in from the Pacific Ocean have wind gusts up to 60 miles-per-hour, not to mention the rain, sometimes accumulating six inches in 24-hours. The wind and rain combined can make it look like it’s raining horizontally.  The best time to watch a storm is when the tide is coming in and at high tide. In between storms, use the sunny time to explore the beach with its tide pools and tossed, teetering wood.
  • And at Yosemite, try and experience the Winemaker Weekend- Jan. 25-27, 2019, where you can join Napa’s Elizabeth Vianna, winemaker and general manager of Chimney Rock, at Rush Creek Lodge. Vianna is well-known for her estate-grown wines from Chimney Rock’s green-certified Napa Valley winery. Here you can sip wine paired with a gourmet prepared meal with one of Napa Valley’s renowned winemakers.
    Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite Valley

    Or come and visit the Yosemite landscape by going on a guided excursion. Winter provides a whole different view at Yosemite.

  • Go to the Grand Canyon on the Polar Express! Yes, really! Families looking to capture the awe of the holiday spirit in their children’s eyes will love Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book, The Polar Express, comes to life starting annually in November and ending in early January. Families board the special 1930s-era train at the depot in Williams, Arizona for a roundtrip-ride that lasts about 90 minutes. Passengers will ride through dark and quiet wilderness to The North Pole, where Santa and his reindeer wait. Aboard the Polar Express the spirit of Christmas is passed on to every boy and girl from Santa himself with their own special gift. The train departs at 5:30, and 7:30 p.m., and on some days at 3:30 p.m. Tickets sell fast, so don’t wait to book.
  • The Olympic Park in Utah is a wonderful place to fight the winter blues. Take part in this epic experience and feel more energized after you do it. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to climb on a bobsled and race down the track? In winter, the bobsled travels on ice, just as the Olympians do. You can head to Olympic Park in Park City for this ride on the 2002 Olympic Sliding Track.

Each of the National Parks has RV campgrounds for your accommodations. Check the one(s) you will be visiting for schedules due to inclement weather, but most have some winter operating times and there will be fewer people visiting, so winter can be an ideal time for a quiet getaway.

You can start your RV camping trip near Salt Lake City and rent an RV from El Monte RV there, or if you wish to rent at another location see our Where to Rent RV’s page here. And to make planning your trip even better, check out our RV Rental Deals page for current specials to help you get on your way!

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RV Camping at the Music Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Telluride, Colorado will welcome RV campers to their 25th Annual Blues and Brews Festival from September 14th to 16th. What a great way to end your summer and move into fall! For early arrivals, music starts with a free sunset blues concert on Thursday evening from 5-7 pm, followed by an opening party at 9 pm with Samantha Fish performing at the Sheridan Opera House. The main event begins on Friday the 14th with Dragondeer performing on the Main Stage followed by Russ Chapman on the Blues Stage. The music continues non-stop all weekend, featuring great bands like Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters playing on Saturday night at 8 pm on the Main Stage.

Telluride Music Festival

Telluride Music Festival

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival takes place in the historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado, situated 8,750 feet above sea level in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This year marks their 25th anniversary, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country. There are activities for the kids all weekend long, including strolling clowns, face painting and puppets as well as more active games such as a climbing wall and inflatables.

Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances —accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, late night shows, and much, much more. Even though the festival only lasts for three days and four nights, once you get to Telluride, you may not want to go home. Tickets are selling fast, so if you plan to go, get your tickets soon.

Telluride’s Main Street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. After the music ends in Town Park for the evening, the festival scene moves into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride. These are called “Juke Joints” and, once they get jamming, a walk down Main Street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.

In addition to a full lineup of music featuring the likes of Marco Benevevento, The Keeshea Pratt Band, The Marcus King Band and many, many other performers, there will be a Telluride Blues Challenge on Saturday from 9–noon. Details are on their website.

Telluride Blues and Brews also features a 5K race on Saturday morning. Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race on the morning of September 15th, giving Festival patrons the opportunity to exercise before the Festival. The 5k Race, sponsored by BootDoctors™ Paragon Outdoors, will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

Beginning and ending in Telluride’s Elks Park, Blisters & Brews provides runners with a safe, beautiful way to kick off their day. The route has been planned to enhance the running experience and highlight the beauty of Telluride. The race route climbs up the river trail giving racers the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Bridal Veil Falls on the way up and a gentle decline for the way back down to town and ending at Elks Park followed by live music, free beer and free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions.

For more information on the festival and RV camping there, please visit their website.

About Telluride:

At 8,750 feet elevation Telluride, Colorado is a picturesque town with amazing views tucked in the Rocky Mountains centrally located in southwestern Colorado, along the scenic San Juan Skyway. It’s about 125 miles from Durango, 330 miles from Denver and 366 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.

To rent an RV nearby for the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, visit either of our locations at Denver, Colorado or El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

Plan to stop and visit some scenic places along your way or on your return. You can also rent an El Monte RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you have time for a longer trip.

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RV Camping at Music Festivals in Colorado and Texas

August 24th – September 2nd

RV camping, Music and Arts and Barbecue; what a great combination! You should try taking off for the last two weekends of summer by visiting the Nedfest Music and Arts Festival from August 24th to 26th in Nederland, Colorado, followed by the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival, in Bedford, Texas from August 31st to September 2nd. What a great way to round out your summer!

In Colorado:

Nedfest Music Festival

Nedfest Music Festival

The NedFest Music and Arts Festival will take place on the shores of the Barker Reservoir in the mountains of Nederland, Colorado, just 17 miles west of and 3,000 feet above Boulder. This year marks their 20th year, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country. They host a wide range of music, from rock and roll to blues, bluegrass to folk and Americana, with a hint or two of jazz. Onsite camping is available next to the Barker Reservoir and NedFest is very kid friendly, with kids 12 and under free with an adult, a kids’ tent with activities, and a special teen price too. Artists and craft vendors ring the field. Colorado microbrews and mead are on tap and we always have a variety of food vendors.

With a capacity of only 2000 people you are never more than 200 feet from the stage and won’t have to walk a mile to the bathroom. Come up to cool, beautiful Nederland for some friendly welcome vibes and great music!

For more information on the festival, and RV camping, please visit their website.

Nederland, Colorado is a town tucked in the Rocky Mountains just west of Boulder at 8,236 feet elevation. Nederland has a history rich in mining and music and a future as the hub of the Peak to Peak Community. With unique shops, amazing outdoor beauty, friendly locals, and a vibrant music scene, Nederland is definitely not your average small town.

To rent an RV nearby for NedFest, you can visit either of our locations at Louviers, near Denver, Colorado or El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

In Texas:

The Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival happens on the following weekend, the 31st of August to September 2nd. This is a real blues festival featuring Reo Casey and Tab Benoit, for example. This year’s lineup also includes Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch as well as Samantha Fish and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. For the full lineup of blues performers, check out their website.

And, if the music wasn’t enough to entice you, this festival hosts a cook-off of down home Texas BBQ that is sure to make your mouth water.

There’s a saying that to get to know a place and its people, you must first eat their food. In Texas, no food represents the culture more than authentic southern-style BBQ. The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, a 3-day event that attracts over 20,000 music and food lovers from all over the world. Taking place on Labor Day weekend, some of America’s most revered chefs congregate to rustle up tangy, smoking hot barbecue food against the harmonious backdrop of top quality blues and rock music.

Wrap up your summer with a delightful blend of great blues music and award-winning barbecue. What could be better?

Visit their website for directions, and other important information. There is some camping space on site and you can also camp at The Vineyards Campground in nearby Grapevine, TX, as well as other RV campgrounds in the area.

Bedford, Texas is an area in the Mid-Cities area between Dallas and Fort Worth. As a ten square mile suburb of Fort Worth, it offers lots of recreational opportunities with several parks, including Brook Hollow Park and Bedford Trails Linear Park. Take some time to explore the area while you are there.

You can find an RV to rent at El Monte RV rentals in Dallas, Texas.

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Summer in the Rockies: A 3-5 Day RV Vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s high country has a lot of territory to cover. But even if you don’t have much time, a Grand County, Colorado three to five day summer getaway can introduce you to the best of the Rocky Mountains. RV camping in this area reveals exotic views, plenty of water activities and horseback riding or even rodeos if you like.

Here’s a suggested three – five day trip itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at High Altitude

If you’ve arrived from the lowlands, be smart and take a day to acclimate while getting an introduction to the area. Remember to drink plenty of water and take it easy—you are on vacation, after all.

Use your first day to take a drive on the Colorado Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway. Begin on U.S. Highway 34 in Grand Lake. Follow the Colorado River south for 80 miles, through the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall and Kremmling.

A short drive from the town of Grand Lake, Kawuneeche Visitor Center is located just past the entrance to the park. Here, you’ll find an unforgettable drive through pine meadows, up rugged slopes, and out into the open alpine highlands, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Lake Granby. End with the spectacular view of the rugged Upper Gore Canyon.

After your brief exploration, you may want to check in at your RV Campsite.

Camping Spots

If you’re looking to camp in or near the park, see suggestions below, or view the National Park Service’s Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds  page, which offers five in-park campgrounds, 3 of which are available for reservations, and two on a first come, first served basis.

Nearby also find Elk Creek Campground and RV Park located in Grand Lake, Red Mountain RV Park and Wolford Campground in Kremmiling, and Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby near Winter Park. There is a US Forestry Service location near Winter Park and Granby as well where you can discover some of the best American outdoor experiences. See their official site for more details.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Remaining Day 1 or Day 2:

Once you’re settled in, enjoy taking your time visiting the Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs – see the town’s original courthouse, a blacksmith shop, a 150-year-old ranch house, and several antique rail cars. Other local historical sites and museums are open for visitors in Fraser, Grand Lake, and Kremmling. Use the evening to relax at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort. Kick back with a soak in the ancient area hot springs, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

Day 2-3: Rocky Mountain Memories

The Rockies are what it’s all about up here!  Although Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the United States, its Western side is less frequented, less crowded, and much quieter.

Plan ahead and pack a picnic. With 35 trailheads in the park and several picnic spots, your family can spend all day in the wilderness, getting up close and personal with the wildlife.

Looking for a family-friendly excursion? Go on a hunt for secret places in Rocky Mountain National Park, which includes hidden lakes, hiking trails, and abandoned mining towns.

Day 4-5: The Western Experience

First settled in the 1880s as a ranching, farming and lumber center, Grand County has maintained many of its original buildings and sites as museums. Use the day or even 2 days to get the full western experience!

If you’re lucky to be here during rodeo season, experience traditional cowboy skills like roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Watch the West come alive on Saturdays during the summer at Fraser’s High-Country Stampede Rodeo and Granby’s Flying Heels Rodeo. Continue your western experience with a horseback ride into the sunset. For a true hands-on western experience, contact one of the local outfitters who offer half-and full-day horseback rides.

When you’re heading back into Grand Lake, take a stroll along the boardwalk for some last-minute shopping and a leisurely dinner, visit the Kauffmann House Museum to learn more about the area’s history, and make sure to take advantage of some water recreation on Grand Lake.

More of a thrill-seeker than a history buff or shopper? No problem! Grand County is home to over 600 miles of hiking and biking trails. Visit Winter Park or Fraser to take advantage these elaborate trail systems and bike parks. Reach new heights with a challenging mountain trail or stay in town on a family-friendly route, the choice is up to you!

To make the most of your trip, you can easily rent an RV at El Monte Denver RV Rentals.

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Five Memorable Mountain RV Campgrounds

Follow a winding road to find a mountain campground way back in the forest. Hike wooded trails to the secret places where wildlife abounds. Hike back to share your stories with new friends at the campground. America’s state and national parks in mountain locales provide memorable settings for your RV camping adventures. Pick one from our suggestions, and be sure to let us know what you discover!

Rocky Mountain National Park – Moraine Park Campground – Colorado

You’ll find this mountain RV camping paradise off Hwy 36 near the Beaver Creek entrance of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Elk and deer will greet you as you wake to the splendor of immense Moraine Park and the surrounding Rockies.  

Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

This Colorado mountain campground puts you close to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, plus scenic Trail Ridge Road, mountain lakes and waterfalls and the mountain village of Estes Park.

Details: Paved roads into the campground. No hook-ups at campsites, but toilets and drinking water are available. Bring your solar shower bag to use in the designated shower enclosure to save RV water/power. RMNP shuttle takes campers to nearby trailheads. Campground is close to Estes Park and Moraine Park Discovery Center.

Black Rock Mountain State Park – Hickory Cove Campground – Georgia

The Blue Ridge Mountains within Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest are home to wonderfully scenic Black Rock Mountain State Park. Waterfalls, a mountain-top visitor center and scenic vistas surround RV campers who make the trip up this park’s winding roads. Black Rock Lake Trail is popular with hikers of all ages, while two more-strenuous mountain trails lead hikers to unforgettable views.

Details: Winding two-mile drive up to campground. Standard water/electric sites, some 50-amp available, showers, toilets, dump station available in campground. Shaded, gravel camping pads. Close to trails, some ranger-led activities available.

Coolidge State Park Campground – Vermont

Located in Coolidge State Forest, we rate this as a mountain campground thanks to the Green Mountain views that surround it. A small, rustic campground nestled in the forest, it’s close to hiking trails well worth discovering. Throughout the state park you’ll find original stone structures built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, adding to the park’s vintage feel. Bonus—park fees also provide access to nearby Camp Plymouth State Park for boating and swimming.

Details: No hookups, dump station is available. Flush toilets and coin operated hot showers. Nature center should be a stop for all visitors. Easy access to hiking trails.

Painted Rocks State Park Campground-Montana

Where Montana’s Bitterroot Range wraps itself around Painted Rocks Reservoir, you’ll find a valley campground that speaks to the heart of those who love wildlife, remote pine forests and mountain fishing. Two hours south of Missoula, Montana, this small lakeshore campground is the perfect spot for a fishing and camping vacation. Moose, black bear, peregrine falcons and great blue herons call the Bitterroot Valley home, so bring your binoculars and your favorite fishing gear to catch cutthroat trout and whitefish.

Details: No hookups, vault toilets, first come, first served campsites. Motorized fishing boats, kayaks and canoes allowed on reservoir, boat ramp available.

Mount Hood National Forest—Spring Drive RV Campground—Oregon

You’ll find this photogenic spot two hours east of Portland on US-26. Located on the southeast edge of Mount Hood National Forest, Spring Drive Campground combines woodland beauty with RV convenience by offering full hookups for self-contained RVs. Rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking and fishing venues surround the campground, with spectacular views of Mount Hood and other area peaks. Reserve your site before you go, as this is a small, secluded campground popular with hikers and nature photographers.  

Details: Full hookups, no dump station, separate drinking water or toilets available. RVs must be self-contained. Large, private back-in sites in a forest setting.

Why not make it a goal to go RV camping in one of America’s mountain ranges? State and national park campgrounds throughout the country offer scenic campsites, easy access to outdoor recreation and a deeper appreciation for the people who saved these special places for future generations.

Let us help with an RV rental reservation close to home or in a city near your alpine destination. The mountains are calling—isn’t it time you answered?

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Wildflower Touring by RV—Start Planning Now!

Whether you’re reading this while the snow blows past your windows or from a beach where there’s endless summer, it’s gonna be spring sooner than you think. With warm weather comes one of my favorite occupations, jumping in the RV and tracking down the meadows, prairies and mountain slopes where wildflowers paint the landscape.

No matter if you’ll be dusting off your RV from winter storage or planning for an RV rental, it’s not too early to plot your course in search of the best wildflower displays. Or maybe you’ll make several trips by the time the flowers fade and late summer’s heat turns us to other ways to enjoy RV camping. If RV travel to find America’s wildflowers strikes a chord, here’s a quick list of places you’ll want to discover:

America’s Best Wildflowers by RV

By mid-March, the bluebonnets are blooming and they’re joined by red and white poppies, coreopsis, Indian paintbrush, fire wheels and a dozen more vibrantly-colored species of wildflowers in Texas Hill Country.

From March to May, you’ll find a gorgeous vista over every hilltop, especially if start in Fredericksburg and follow US-87 north to the towns of Doss, Castile and Mason, saving time to venture onto side roads for even more wildflower glory. One special note: this is a journey best taken during the week, as wildflower lovers come from all over on weekends to enjoy the display. Reserve your spot early at a Hill Country campground, too, so you won’t have to leave this remarkable region too soon.

Another extraordinary opportunity to view hundreds of acres of wildflowers in one place can be found in California’s Central Valley at Carrizo Plain National Monument. Depending on winter rainfall, you may spot during March and April purple lupine, golden California poppies, orange fiddleneck and goldenbush carpeting the Monument’s two valleys.

As you hike through this nearly quarter-million acre BLM preserve, you’ll be enchanted by daisies and other bright spring florals on the slopes of the surrounding mountains.

The two RV-capable campgrounds here are primitive, meaning you’ll need to fill your water tanks and empty waste tanks so you’re self-contained. No electricity here, either, so keep that in mind when you come. If you’ve never experienced BLM camping, it’s a whole different world from developed campgrounds but the back-to-nature peacefulness is worth the adjustment.

Our next pick for an RV camping trip to find glorious wildflower color would be to Colorado, where the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival has encouraged in-depth enjoyment of local wildflowers since the 1980s. Scheduled events for this July festival (you’ll need to register online before you come) include 4×4 tours, hikes and rides to discover medicinal plants, photography workshops and more.

Expect to see stunning displays of columbines, sunflowers, lupine, elephantella and other showy species of wildflowers on your RV trip to Crested Butte. Camping possibilities near Crested Butte, CO include Lake Irwin Campground in Gunnison National Forest and at least a dozen private campgrounds in the Gunnison/Crested Butte area. Here’s a link to RV campgrounds in Colorado.

RV Wildflower Viewing Trips

RV Wildflower Viewing Trips

I’ll complete my list of suggested RV wildflower tours with a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan, where Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides plenty of chances to photograph and otherwise enjoy the wildflowers of spring.

The Lakeshore’s Bay View Hiking Trail is a popular hike to find wildflowers. Pitcher’s thistle, pink ladyslipper and orange dune lily are just three of the floral delights you’ll discover as you hike the trails on your own or take one of the ranger-led tours during May and June. You’ll also enjoy camping at Platte River Campground, close to Lake Michigan as well as hiking trails, scenic drives and other National Lakeshore attractions.

Do these ideas for planning an RV wildflower tour have you wishing for spring? We understand, and we’re ready to help you plan your trip, complete with a convenient RV rental. Map your route and have your cameras ready; spring wildflowers are just around the corner.

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Colorado’s Trail Ridge Road by RV

An RV trip to Rocky Mountain National Park is never a bad idea. Add in a trek over the Continental Divide on the park’s Trail Ridge Road and you’ll kick your trip up to a whole new level. It’s just an hour and a half drive from picking up your RV rental in Denver to reach RMNP’s eastern gate at Estes Park. Why not take a camping trip to Colorado and marvel at the views that keep RVers heading for Trail Ridge Road all summer?

Where to Camp on Your Trip to Trail Ridge Road?

If you’ve never experienced RV camping in the Rocky Mountains, there’s no more beautiful location than Rocky Mountain National Park. Three campgrounds within the park’s boundaries (and splendidly surrounded by mountain scenery) are suitable for RVs.

Mary's Lake RV Campground, Estes Park, CO

Mary’s Lake RV Campground, Estes Park, CO

You also have several choices for campgrounds near the Park; one of the most convenient is operated by the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. The Estes Campground at Mary’s Lake  can accommodate large RVs with full hookups, and offers fishing at the lake and easy access to the charming mountain village of Estes Park.

Private campgrounds in the Estes Park area are also well-equipped to welcome motorhome and travel trailer campers. One more possibility with stunning views, if you enjoy dry camping, can be found at Herman Park Open Space Campground, south of Estes.

What You’ll Find Along Trail Ridge Road

But now it’s time to talk about the reason you’re in Northern Colorado—the chance to travel nearly fifty miles, from Estes Park to Grand Lake, through alpine forests and then rocky tundra, on the highest scenic byway in America. Trail Ridge Road, after crossing the Continental Divide, peaks at 12,183 feet before sweeping back down the mountainside to about 8,000 feet in elevation.

This two-lane highway can be traveled with ease in summer, thanks to no more than a seven-percent grade while gaining four-thousand feet in elevation. What that means is that, between late May and October, you won’t have trouble making the grade in an RV.

But what you’ll see along the way is the real reason RV travelers wind their way up Trail Ridge Road. As the treeline drops away, the immense, barren tundra allows views of ‘fourteeners’ all around. Wide loops of highway make their way across this plain to just above twelve thousand feet, with perfect views as far away as Denver.

Impossibly deep, boulder studded canyons plunge away as you travel the highest continuous paved highway in North America. Keep an eye open for elk, moose and bighorn sheep along the route. The variety of terrain promises an abundance of plant and animal life accustomed to alpine habitat. Take advantage of the many pull-outs to stop and experience the views from outside your vehicle. Be sure to explore the Alpine Visitor Center at Fall River Pass to learn more about the tundra and enjoy some of the best views on Trail Ridge Road.

If you have time, follow at least one of the trails that intersect the highway for a more intimate look at life above the treeline. Keep in mind it’s much cooler, as much as thirty degrees, at this elevation, so dress accordingly.

Your trip along Trail Ridge Road may well be the highlight of your RV camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, but you’ll want to spend some time discovering at least a few of the other attractions there.

Holzwarth Historic Site/Never Summer Ranch near Grand Lake on the west side of RMNP is a look back at a 1920s dude ranch and the Park’s early history. You’ll also want to make the drive to Horseshoe Park for premier wildlife viewing opportunities. Take a hike through a mountain meadow, up the side of a mountain or around an alpine lake on one of the park’s nearly three hundred miles of trails. There is literally no place within Rocky Mountain National Park that isn’t memorable, so why not stay awhile and find your favorites?

A drive along Trail Ridge Road can be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the Rocky Mountains, or the highlight of this summer’s return trip to Colorado. Book your campsites and RV rental now so you won’t miss a day of adventure.

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