There’s so much to discover in an RV rambling along Colorado’s scenic roadways, which are dotted with breathtaking overlooks, charming mountain towns and remote hideaways. Start discovering these hidden gems with our list of Colorado RV parks you won’t soon forget.
Colorado Springs RV Parks
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city. As such, visitors not only get close to Rocky Mountain nature and amazing vistas, but they're also near big-city amenities, restaurants and things to do — the area is home to more than 50 family-friendly attractions, which are sure to keep vacationers of all stripes occupied.
Where to Stay: The Colorado Springs KOA offers several Fountain Creek-front sites with patios, grills and chimineas. A convenience store, laundry and Wi-Fi keep you as connected as you want to be in a Colorado RV park. Meanwhile, Pikes Peak RV Park in nearby Manitou Springs is situated in the shadow of the iconic mountain near popular attractions like Garden of the Gods.
See Nearby: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Manitou Springs, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Cripple Creek, Royal Gorge and Cañon City
Tucked at the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is the gateway to all the activities the enormous alpine wonderland has to offer. But with more than 200 shops and restaurants and an impressive event calendar, the city is truly a standalone attraction. Stroll the picturesque downtown area, duck into Snowy Peaks Winery for a glass of vino or launch a canoe on Lake Estes.
Where to Stay: Elk Meadow Lodge/RV Park offers easy access to the national park and a mix of perfect-for-the-family amenities, including miniature golf, a beer and wine bar, heated swimming pool and hot tub, play ground and game room.
See Nearby: Rocky Mountain National Park, Stanley Hotel, Trail Ridge Road, Eldora Mountain Resort, Nederland
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.
See Nearby: Box Cañon Falls, Ouray Hot Springs Pool, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, San Juan Skyway
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
Photos courtesy of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association; Ridgway State Park; and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.