If you love to explore wide-open spaces with lots of hiking, fishing, and climbing choices, then a Colorado Springs to Ogden road trip should be at the top of your bucket list. Spend time exploring Rocky Mountain National Park and many fabulous state parks. It is also easy to incorporate stops at Yellowstone and the Grand Teton national parks into your adventure. There are many exciting places to visit, including Colorado's oldest restaurant and the Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary. While you will not pass through any big cities along the way, except for Denver, there are many small ones to stop and explore. You will also want to see many of the fabulous attractions near this route.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park covers more than 415 square miles near Estes Park, Colorado. Climb along the Longs Peak Keyhole Route that crosses enormous sheer vertical rock faces. Bike along Trail Ridge Road, where the elevation ranges from 7,800 to 12,183 feet. There are 152 bodies of water where you can go fishing. Regardless of your ability levels, you will find great places to go hiking as this park has over 395 miles of trails. Rent a horse at Glacier Creek Stables or Moraine Park Stables to enjoy a trail ride on this park’s 280 miles of equestrian-friendly trails.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park covers more than 485 square miles near Moose, Wyoming. This park offers more than 278 climbing routes, including Cathedral Buttress, Disappointment Canyon, and Mt. Moran. Stroll along the path through the pristine conifer forest to Lake Solitude and view the tallest waterfall in this park. There are many other choices as this park offers 39 marked trails. Many commercial fishing guides will teach you to fly-fish for trout at this park, or you can try fishing independently. Enjoy breathing in the fresh mountain air as you bike along any paved road in this park, or roll down your windows and go for a scenic drive.
Yellowstone National Park
It is just 31 miles from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park. If you love to see wildlife in its natural habitat, put this park covering more than 3,471 square miles on your Colorado Springs to Ogden RV road trip itinerary. For the best chance of seeing your favorite animals, like bears, bison, elk, and bighorn sheep, join a wildlife-watching tour. There are also fantastic places to go fishing, especially if you love fly-fishing. Landscape photographers will also love visiting this park. Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the park and is a fantastic place to capture the steam rising off the azure pool. Upper Geyser Basin offers terrific views of geysers. Capture the sun beaming off Yellowstone Lake in the morning or snap a shot of Old Faithful erupting.
Lory State Park
Over 36 miles of foothill hiking trails are available at Lory State Park near Bellevue, Colorado. There are also 26 miles of horseback riding trails. Most of those trails are also open for mountain biking. Arthur’s Rock is a fascinating place to go climbing. Hunt wild turkeys at this park from Labor Day until Memorial Day.
Curt Gowdy State Park
Curt Gowdy State Park is divided into seven different sections, with each providing unique reasons to visit. Go to Granite, Crystal, and North Crow Reservoirs for fishing fun. Crystal Reservoir is also a fantastic place for a paddling adventure. Check out the theater performances at Hynds Lodge, or try your hand at the 28-target archery range which is certified by the National Field Archery Association. The 35-mile trail connecting Granite and Crystal Reservoirs near Cheyenne, Wyoming, is the only International Mountain Biking Association course in Wyoming, and this park has four bike play areas.
Seminoe State Park
Seminoe State Park near Sinclair, Wyoming, is a terrific place for water fun. Four sandy beaches are available to play on. Since three of them are in this state park's campground areas, you will want to include this stop on your road trip from Colorado Springs to Ogden. North Platte and Medicine Bow rivers feed this park’s reservoir, and you can quickly launch your vessel at either of the park’s two boat-launching ramps. Anglers have caught state-record walleye here.
Bear River State Park
If you love seeing wildlife, stop at Bear River State Park near Evanston, Wyoming, as bison, moose, mule deer, and pronghorns frequent it. Children will love playing on the playground while everyone can enjoy throwing a game of horseshoes. Stop at the visitor center to learn more about this area's ecology and see the Native American exhibits.
Antelope Island State Park
Take a swim in the salty waters and play on the sandy beaches at Antelope Island State Park near Syracuse, Utah. Take a hike to see the Fielding Garr Ranch, which is home to the oldest continually inhabited Anglo home in Utah. This park is located on the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. Over 700 bison live here, and it's also a fantastic place to go bird-watching.
Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant
Hungry travelers have been going to the Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant since 1893. This restaurant is a great location to get exotic meats, like rattlesnake, alligator, and elk. While dining at this Denver establishment, enjoy looking around at the hundreds of taxidermied animals. A great effort has been made to restore many of this restaurant’s original furnishings, and it's a dining spot unlike any other.
Mount Evans Recreation Area
The Mount Evans Recreation Area is accessed by the highest paved road in North America. The best way to explore this area is on the 14-mile scenic drive. Stop at the Dos Chappell Nature Center to view the ecology exhibits and see trees over 2,000 years old. Pull over at Summit Lake Park to see the alpine tundra landscape. Some of the plants in this park exist only here and north of the Arctic Circle. The views of the Continental Drive from the summit of Mount Evans are breathtaking. Be sure to check that the road is open before heading out because it is often only open from May until October.
Arapaho National Recreation Area
Arapaho National Recreation Area covers more than 35,000 acres, and it is home to Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, Monarch Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir, and Meadow Creek Reservoir. Waterskiing, boating, fishing, and swimming are available at this location that features the largest and second-largest reservoirs in Colorado. Away from the water, you can go hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-roading, and hunting in this area near Granby, Colorado.
Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary
Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary is the first privately-owned wild horse sanctuary in the United States. Approximately 350 horses live at this location 35 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. Explore this facility with your guide on a two-to-four-person off-road vehicle. You may also be able to arrange special tours by appointment.
You will find many fabulous things to do in Denver, which is the largest city in Colorado. There are many great campgrounds in Denver, including Dakota Ridge RV Park, South Park Mobile Home Park, and Clear Creek RV Park. Find RV dump stations in Denver at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Cherry Creek Recreation Area, and The Prospect RV Park.
Fort Collins, Colorado
You will love the diversity you find in Fort Collins, from boutique shopping to outstanding city parks to explore. Terrific campgrounds in Fort Collins, like Fort Collins KOA Lakeside, offer plenty of amenities and things to do while others, like Horsetooth Reservoir, offer scenic retreats. You can find RV dump stations in Fort Collins at JJ's Country Corner, Poudre Valley Co-op, and Schrader's Country Store #440.
Laramie is a wonderful place to explore the Wild West's history, but it also has fabulous nightlife and is centrally located to outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities. Campgrounds in Laramie include Curt Gowdy State Park, Happy Jack Recreational Area, and Medicine Bow National Forest. Laramie RV dump stations are available at Laramie KOA Journey, Conoco, and Love's Travel Stop.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Colorado Springs to Ogden, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Colorado Springs or Ogden.