Campervan trips in Colorado
Spring is an ideal time to explore the Centennial State’s charming towns and beautiful wilderness without the crowds of the winter and summer seasons. Traveling in a camper van means you’ll have the self-sufficiency to stray further off the beaten path, the shelter to stay comfortable amidst changing weather, and the freedom to roam. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, we think Colorado + van life + springtime = perfect.
That’s why we’ve compiled seven of the best RV Parks and Campgrounds to visit in Colorado for Spring 2021. We’ve included fan favorites and a few hidden gems. Every location on our list offers full hookup sites and come highly rated.
RIDGWAY STATE PARK
Where to Camp: Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground
Why We Love It: It’s not hard to see why this campground was voted one of the Top Ten Best RV Parks/Campgrounds in the country in 2020 by USA Today. Ridgway State Park is the place to go for classic Colorado mountain scenery and the nearby water sports destination of Ridgway Reservoir. If you’re lucky, you might get a campsite overlooking the majestic Uncompahgre River.
Activities: Hiking, birdwatching, biking, fishing, geocaching, wading, and enjoying the reservoir’s sand beach.
Where to Camp: Sportsman’s Campground and Mountain Cabins
Why We Love It: A convenient 30-minute drive from Pagosa Springs and nestled among ponderosa pine trees and the dramatic San Juan Mountains, this campground feels more remote than it actually is. The owners pride themselves on creating a peaceful, family-friendly, and eco-friendly environment. For the ultimate retreat, spend the day in Pagosa Springs relaxing in hot pools fed by the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring.
Activities: Horseback riding, fishing, hiking, dining, breweries, hot springs, and hot air ballooning.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Where to Stay: Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Why We Love It: This campground is perfectly situated with the rugged Cheyenne Mountains at its back and an expansive view of wildflower-dotted plains in front, where the twinkling lights of Colorado Springs are visible at night. By day, explore the state park’s 2701 acres of well-preserved land through 28 miles of trails.
Activities: Picnicking, hiking, biking, wildlife observation, wildflower walks, and visiting the nearby Garden of the Gods.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Where Camp: Spruce Lake RV Resort
Why We Love It: The prime location of Estes Park allows adventurers to get the best of both city amenities and thousands of acres of untouched nature. Spend all day exploring the evergreen forests and peaks of one of Colorado’s most famous national parks, then head into town for restaurants that reviewers can’t stop talking about.
Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, scenic drives, dining, shopping, and golfing at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course (ranked the 6th Most Beautiful Golf Course in the U.S.)
RIFLE FALLS STATE PARK AND RIFLE GAP STATE PARK
Where to Camp: Rifle Gap State Park – Lakeview Loop
Why We Love It: The Rifle Gap State Park features a highly rated campground next to a 350-acre reservoir. From there, drive less than 10 minutes to the Rifle Falls State Park to experience a completely different side of the Colorado wilderness. The park’s lush landscape, limestone caves, and waterfalls create a tropical-looking scene that begs to be photographed.
Activities: Picnicking, fishing, hiking, photography, exploring caves and waterfalls, swimming and water sports in late spring.
Where to Camp: Alpen Rose RV Park
Why We Love It: The Durango area has it all! Make the most of your time with nearby activities like a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Steam Train, sightseeing at the otherworldly Pinkerton Hot Springs (for looking, not soaking), and strolling through the quaint streets of downtown Durango. Despite all the attractions, you might want to spend an entire day at the RV Park itself, with its large shade trees, a swimming pool open starting on Memorial Day, and stunning views of the red mountains.
Activities: Shopping, dining, biking, fishing, train rides, wildflower hikes, and day trips to Mesa Verde National Park.
Where to Camp: Grape Creek RV Park
Why We Love It: This small town in the Wet Mountain Valley is a surprising delight. The grassy Grape Creek RV Park is filled with aspen trees and looks over the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Just 20 minutes away, Bear Basin Ranch offers guided horseback rides through mountain and valley scenes straight out of a movie. The views continue after sunset—Westcliffe is an International Dark Sky community with unparalleled star visibility.
Activities: Hiking, biking, horseback riding, dining, and stargazing.
Can’t decide between the destinations on this list? Consider arranging a road trip around Colorado and stopping for a few nights at any locations that interest you. With quaint towns, modern cities, and pristine nature all within reach, why choose?
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