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One of the most fascinating things about northwest Colorado is the difference a few miles can make. Head one direction, and you're in the midst of some of the most expensive homes and beautiful resort towns in the world. Head the other, and you're viewing ancient pictographs and dinosaur fossils in the wide expanse of a national monument. Just like its people, northwestern Colorado is full of variety.
If you're going to rent an RV in northwest Colorado, there are so many places to visit. In fact, an RV rental is a great way to explore northwest Colorado, because the drive itself is part of the experience. With so many mountain vistas, rocky plains, and opportunities for wildlife viewing, getting there is half the fun.
One thing to remember when taking your RV rental to northwest Colorado, however, is to check campground dates and availability. While some campgrounds are open year-round, some are only open during the summer season.
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Dinosaur National Monument is a must-see if you have an RV rental in northwest Colorado. The monument actually spans two states -- Colorado and Utah -- and is a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs from early dwellers.
Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument is home to everything from dinosaur fossils to Native American rock art to early homesteader cabins and buildings. View the 1,500 dinosaur bones visible right in the rocks near the Quarry Exhibit Hall. There's even an area where you can touch the 149 million-year-old fossils. See the Fremont petroglyphs at McKee Springs. Get a dramatic view of the canyon that makes up a good deal of the monument at Harpers Corner, and watch the tiny river rafters float by below. You can even put out to raft on the Green River at the Gates of Lodore.
The National Monument has Junior Ranger programs available for younger kids, and there are hiking trails the kids can do as well. Be sure to check roads before planning to drive them -- while the park has plenty of paved roads, some of the farther-reaching areas do require a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Where to Camp
Camp at the Green River Campground within the monument's borders. The campground is situated right along the banks of the scenic Green River, 5 miles from the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
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State Forest State Park
The name may lack originality, but the park itself is one of a kind. 71,000 acres of forest, alpine lakes, mountain peaks, and breathtaking views make State Forest State Park an amazing place to visit. Go hiking, horseback riding, or four-wheeling in the summer, and telemarking, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in winter. Year-round you're likely to see plenty of wildlife...possibly even a moose or two. North Park, a town in the area, proudly proclaims that it's "The Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado," and says that over 600 moose roam those parts.
Where to Camp
Ranger Lakes Campground within the park is the only campground to offer electric sites. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
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Steamboat Springs a popular year-round destination for many Colorado families, thanks to its popular ski resort. But it has much more to offer. Soak in the springs that gave the town its name. Hike the mountains, or take a gondola ride to the top to appreciate the view. Go mountain biking or mini-golfing. Or ride the longest alpine coaster in North American, the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, which is set to open in August of 2017.
Where to Camp
Camp at the Steamboat Springs KOA.
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Aspen is known to be the playground of the rich and famous, and with good reason. The views are spectacular. The Aspen Music Festival and Jazz Aspen Snowmass host world-renowned singers and musicians. The restaurants include five-star dining and the shopping rivals Rodeo Drive. However, there are plenty of things to do in Aspen on a budget as well. Hiking for everyone from beginners to advanced trekkers is available -- if you're first starting out, try the Rio Grande Trail, which is a lovely paved stroll. If you're more serious, you can try hiking near Maroon Bells, one of Colorado's 53 "14ers" (a mountain over 14,000 feet). The city also has mountain biking, rafting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. For a unique view of the town, you can also check out the backcountry on a Jeep tour.
Where to Camp
Park your motorhome rental at the Aspen-Basalt Campground.
Glenwood Springs is a perennial favorite of Colorado residents and visitors from all over the country. There's nothing quite like running through the freezing winter air to hop into a giant pool, warmed by the hot springs from which the town gets its name. The pool is popular in the summer as well, however...there's really no bad time to relax in the hot springs. Along with the Hot Springs Pool (try swimming at night for an extra-special experience), guests in Glenwood can visit the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Try the Glenwood Canyon Swing, which suspends you over Glenwood Canyons and the Colorado River 1,300 feet below. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride takes passengers 600 feet up Iron Mountain before releasing them to zip back down. Or ride Colorado's first alpine coaster, named one of the "10 Best Roller-Coaster Rides of Your Life" by USA Today. Glenwood is also close to plenty of biking, rafting, and hiking, including a popular hike to Hanging Lake, an emerald green Colorado masterpiece.
Where to Camp
Camp at the Glenwood Canyon Resort, on the banks of the Colorado River.
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Just west of Vail lies the quaint town of Avon, Colorado. Less crowded, with a sleepier, more relaxed vibe than its bigger neighbor, Avon is the perfect little getaway, and a great place to relax in your camper rental in northwest Colorado. Rent a paddle boat to take around the lake, fish, stroll, or ride your bike through town. Or in winter, ice skate or play pond hockey on the same lake. A free shuttle bus runs through town, so you can take that to get around, or over to Beaver Creek in winter for skiing.
Where to Camp
Gore Creek Campground is perfect for camper rentals, but longer RVs and motorhomes may not fit -- their max length is 35 feet long.
RV Rental Locations in Northwest Colorado
Coloradans pride themselves on getting out and enjoying the wild beauty of their state -- so there are tons of RV rental locations in northwest Colorado. RVshare can help you find one that suits your needs, and match you up with a great rental for your trip.