Colorado RV Vacations for the Family

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An RV trip through Colorado means inspiring views and unmatched experiences. Colorado’s myriad roadways all lead to adventure, but if you need a few ideas to get started, consider these tried-and-true family-favorite routes along scenic byways, historic sites and national parks and monuments.

Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway 

Distance (one way): 129 miles 
Estimated Driving Time Without Stops: 3 hours 
Beginning/Ending Points: Cumbres Pass, Alamosa
Route Summary:
The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway zigzags through the beautiful San Luis Valley. The route eventually rises into the southern San Juan Mountains, where evergreens dominate the landscape.
The Sights and Stops: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RailwaySan Luis and Stations of the Cross Shrine, Fort GarlandGreat Sand Dunes National Park and PreserveSan Luis State ParkAlamosa

Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway

Distance (Colorado section, one way): 134 miles 
Estimated Driving Time Without Stops: 4 hours 
Beginning/Ending Points: Grand Junction, Dinosaur
Route Summary:
 Dinosaur Diamond travels through Colorado’s Western Slope, where vineyards spread beneath the foot of tawny-colored mesas. The northern tip of the route passes near Dinosaur National Monument, where, in addition to spectacular fossil finds, rivers oxbow through the land, inviting river rafters to take paddle in hand and ride the rapids. Outside Fruita, along the southern section, take a detour into Colorado National Monument to marvel at its sandstone spires and bluffs.
The Sights and Stops:
Grand JunctionColorado National MonumentFruitaColorado Welcome Center at FruitaHighline Lake State ParkCanyon PintadoDinosaurColorado Welcome Center at DinosaurDinosaur National Monument 

Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway

Distance (one way): 188 miles 
Estimated Driving Time Without Stops: 4 hours 
Beginning/Ending Points: Trinidad, Lamar
Route Summary:
 The Santa Fe Trail was one of the nation’s first major routes west. While a good portion of the trail runs through Colorado’s prairie, the original path spanned 900 miles and reached from Missouri to New Mexico. This route was so heavily used and integral to the country’s western migration, that original wagon ruts left by pioneers more than 150 years ago can still be seen along sections of the trail. While traveling this historic byway, watch for pronghorn on the prairie — the fastest land mammal in the western hemisphere.
The Sights and Stops:
Welcome Center at TrinidadTrinidadTrinidad Lake State ParkComanche National GrasslandFort CarsonLa Junta, Rocky FordBent’s Old Fort National Historic SiteLas AnimasJohn Martin Reservoir State ParkWelcome Center at Lamar

Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway

Distance (one way): 114 miles 
Estimated Driving Time Without Stops: 3 hours 
Beginning/Ending Points: Colorado/Utah border
Route Summary:
 In a landscape of red and ochre sandstone, mesas, buttes and hills are dotted with the dark green of pinyon juniper pine. In the distance, the deep blue San Juan Mountains cut the horizon. Cliff dwellings tucked away in canyon alcoves and rock art decorating the sandstone are a few of the many highlights to investigate along this byway.
The Sights and Stops:
CortezColorado Welcome Center at CortezMesa Verde National Park, DoloresAnasazi Heritage CenterCanyons of the Ancients National Monument

For more RV routes in Colorado, check out Colorado Scenic Drives, RV Itinerary: Pawnee Pioneer Trails & Northeast Colorado and 3 Easy RV Trips in Colorado.

Photo: Colorado National Monument.

Scenic overlook at Colorado National Monument, a great place for a family RV camping trip
Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, CO

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