Colorado RV Vacations for the Family

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.

By: Staff Writer
Updated: March 22, 2024

Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & 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.
Sights & Stops: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RailwaySan Luis and Stations of the Cross Shrine, Fort GarlandGreat Sand Dunes National Park and PreserveSan Luis State Park, Alamosa

Dinosaur Diamond Scenic & Historic Byway

Distance (Colorado section, one way): 134 miles 
Estimated Driving Time Without Stops: 4 hours 

Beginning/Ending Points: Grand JunctionDinosaur 
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.
Sights & Stops: Grand JunctionColorado National MonumentFruitaColorado Welcome Center at FruitaHighline Lake State ParkDinosaurColorado Welcome Center at DinosaurDinosaur National Monument 

Santa Fe Trail Scenic & Historic Byway

Distance (one way): 188 miles 
Estimated Driving Time Without Stops: 4 hours 
Beginning/Ending Points: TrinidadLamar 
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.
Sights & Stops: TrinidadTrinidad Lake State ParkComanche National GrasslandFort CarsonLa JuntaRocky FordBent’s Old Fort National Historic SiteLas AnimasJohn Martin Reservoir State ParkWelcome Center at Lamar

Trail of the Ancients Scenic & 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 the Trail of the Ancients scenic and historic byway.
Sights & Stops: CortezColorado Welcome Center at CortezMesa Verde National ParkDoloresCanyons of the Ancients National Monument

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