While you may not be an expert in hooking-up, boondocking and slunkies, RVing across Colorado shouldn’t intimidate you. Behind the wheel of a rented motor home from RVshare, you’ll feel like the captain of your journey.
You can rent from a local in the area, as well as get rental insurance and 24-hour roadside assistance for peace of mind. Follow our itinerary to see the Centennial State from the massive windshield of your recreational vehicle.
Day 1: Denver & Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
You can’t start your monumental trip without your RV, so pick that up in the Mile High City before proceeding on down to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It’s a four-hour drive, so stop for lunch at Lu’s Main Street Cafe in Blanca.
If you’re visiting the dunes in May and June, you’ll get to frolic in Medano Creek, a world wonder that emerges from the mountains mysteriously each spring. But coasting down the dunes on a sandboard is equally fun. Spend the night at Great Sand Dunes Oasis campground, just outside the park.
Day 2: Pagosa Springs & Chimney Rock National Monument
Your day dawns with a two-hour drive to Pagosa Springs where you can soak your road-weary muscles at The Springs Resort and Spa. After grabbing a fresh sandwich at Peak Deli, head 30 minutes west to Chimney Rock National Monument. Walk in the footsteps of the Ancestral Puebloans through some 200 excavated homes and snap a photo of the iconic towering, stacked rocks before jumping back on the road.
Camp at Middle Mountain Campground about an hour away in the San Juan National Forest. Grab some grub at the Rocky Mountain General Store and Meats for dinner.
Day 3: Durango & Mesa Verde National Park
Less than an hour from your campsite, Durango Doughworks awaits to serve you fresh-from-the-fryer doughnuts. Walk it off on Main Ave. before trekking to Mesa Verde National Park. Pick up some groceries for lunch and dinner at P & D Grocery in Mancos.
Upon arrival in the national park, delight in seeing the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans. The sites are some of the best-preserved in the country.
Instead of checking into a campground, boondock with the app Campendium.
Day 4: Mountain Towns & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Sleep in a bit, then hop on the road to some of Colorado’s cutest mountain towns. Nestled in a box canyon surrounded by jagged peaks, Telluride has a downtown full of rainbow Victorian-era buildings.
End your day at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Your breath will truly leave your body as you stare into a canyon deeper than the Empire State Building is tall. The orange-black walls that almost touch in some spots are dizzying but worth every look. Spend the night at the South Rim Campground.
Day 5: Rangely & Dinosaur National Monument
Get an early start with some breakfast in your motor home, then get on the road to Grand Junction and Fruita. You’ll pass the world’s largest flat-top mountain, the Grand Mesa. Continue to Rangely for lunch at Main Street Coffee Cafe.
Devote the rest of your day to Dinosaur National Monument, a 20-minute drive from Rangely. Spot fossils embedded in the rock or just enjoy the canyons that surround you as you drive.
Rest your head at the Gates of Lodore, an epic bend in the river with soaring red walls.
Day 6: Steamboat Springs & Kremmling
It’s time to get back to civilization, so drive an hour and a half to Steamboat Springs for breakfast at The Iron Waffle. Then explore this famous ski town with a walk down Lincoln Ave. Collect your souvenirs at Steamboat Art Company, F.M. Light & Sons and Steamboat Trading Company. Have a fresh cup of soup and a classic egg cream at Lyon’s Corner Drug.
60-minutes east, Kremmling is a hot spot for outdoor pursuits. Whitewater kayak or raft on one of the three rivers nearby or sip a craft beer from Grand Adventure Brewing Company. Rest your eyes at Red Mountain RV Park on the east side of town.
Day 7: Mountain Towns & Denver
Set out for Silverthorne’s Blue Moon Bakery — you’re there for breakfast but treat-yo-self to an M&M brownie. You’ll earn it on a hike at Tenderfoot Mountain.
Wind your way along mountain roads to Georgetown for a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad and a sudsy brew at Guanella Pass Brewery. Continue your adventure in Idaho Springs, where shops hock unique olive oils and plenty of “C” (you know, for Colorado) merchandise. Sample Colorado-style pizza at Beau Jo’s before making your way back to Denver to return your RV.