Ridgway State Park
Once you take in the sweeping views of jutting peaks, lush forests and sparkling, blue waters, you’ll know why the nearby town of Ouray is nicknamed the “Switzerland of America.” Spend some time on Ridgway State Park’s reservoir, which is five miles long and a popular place for wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing and boating. The park also features volleyball courts, sandy beaches, 14 miles of hiking trails and nearly 90 picnicking sites.
Where to Stay: Dakota Terraces Campground is the only campground in the park that offers year-round RV camping sites, complete with electrical hookups, shared water and a dump station.
Roosevelt National Forest
Escape the crowds and experience rugged wilderness in Roosevelt National Forest, where rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and wildlife viewing await. This forest is also where you’ll find Cache La Poudre River, Colorado’s only designated National Wild and Scenic River, where you can fit in a peaceful afternoon of fly-fishing or an action-packed rafting trip down Class IV rapids.
Where to Stay: Fort Collins/Poudre Canyon KOA is located less than an hour away, in nearby LaPorte. The RV park comes with electrical hookups, Wi-Fi, cable TV and a seasonal swimming pool.
See Nearby: Red Feather Lakes, New Belgium Brewery, Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway
Lake Pueblo State Park
With its vast stretches of water and 60 miles of shoreline, Lake Pueblo is a scenic spot for all kinds of recreation, whether you’re into jet skiing or hiking. The steady breeze along the lake is ideal for a day of sailing or windsurfing, and anglers will find plenty of trout, bass, walleye and crappie to reel in. Mountain bike or walk through the park’s extensive network of trails, where you’ll see 200-year-old juniper trees, wildflower covered hills and an array of wildlife, such as beavers, snapping turtles and burrowing owls.
Where to Stay: Arkansas Point Campground's RV park is located near the south boat ramp, and it offers amenities like flush restrooms, coin-operated showers, laundry, electricity and a dump station.
See Nearby: Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds
Rifle Falls State Park
Named after its cascading waterfalls, Rifle Falls State Park is a picturesque escape, featuring limestone caves, easy hiking trails and accessible fishing areas along East Rifle Creek. Enjoy an alfresco lunch at one of the 10 picnic sites, which are all close to the falls and surrounded by lush foliage.
Where to Stay: Rifle Falls State Park Campground has 13 drive-in RV sites, which include electrical outlets, picnic tables, fire rings and shared water hydrants.
See Nearby: Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, Glenwood Hot Springs, Palisade
Flanked by two national forests, Pagosa Springs has a quaint, small-town feel with plenty to offer in terms of outdoor pursuits. Explore the backcountry trails of the San Juan Mountains, discover one of the area’s roaring waterfalls, browse charming boutiques and museums in downtown Pagosa Springs, or unwind in the therapeutic heat of the natural hot springs.
Where to Stay: Sportsman’s Campground is located 20 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs and offers 32 full hook-up RV sites, with perks like a fire pit, Wi-Fi, TV channels, laundry facilities and a playground.
See Nearby: The Springs Resort & Spa, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Navajo State Park
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Photos courtesy of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association; Ridgway State Park; and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.