Deciding where to go in the scenic state of Colorado is like deciding what to wish for when a genie pops out of a lamp. The possibilities are endless, especially if you’re fortunate enough to own a motorhome or Class A toy hauler. Just point the RV in any direction. You’re bound to come to a place that will take your breath away. Here are some ideas to get you started.
For Majesty: Rocky Mountain National Park
Take in alpine lakes, pristine forests and more than 100 soaring, snow-capped peaks. There’s no better place to get up-close and personal with nature. Sightsee from your Class A motorhome, or explore the extensive network of hiking trails. The wildlife is abundant, and the various ecosystems showcase hundreds of wildflower species. The Continental Divide isn’t bad either.
For History: Mesa Verde State Park
Enjoy ample access to Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings that trace back to 600 A.D. At Cliff Palace, the largest ancient dwelling of its kind in North America, you’ll find the ruins remarkably preserved. Ranger-led tours will give you the chance to climb ladders into the structures for a memorable perspective of life long ago.
Take off on your own to enjoy the stunning views from atop the mesa, and don’t miss the petroglyphs. The intricate rock art will transport you to a dramatic chapter in history.
For a Walk on the Wild Side: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The only mountain zoo in the U.S. won’t disappoint. It is home to more than 800 animals and 30 endangered species. Encounter Africa by observing elephants, lions, meerkats and black rhinos from several views. Be sure to let the kids hand-feed the giraffes. Check out budgies, wallabies, emus and other exotic animals from the Land Down Under. The gorgeous Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a tribute to the humorist and entertainer, was built at 8,136 feet to overlook Colorado Springs. Here’s a fun fact: Not a single nail was used in the shrine's construction.
For the Indescribable: Hanging Lake
Steer your motorhome or diesel RV toward Glenwood Canyon to find a glacially formed sanctuary of crystal-clear water and shimmering waterfalls. The hidden lake is suspended 1,000 feet up the canyon wall. The short hike to it is steep but well worth the effort. The bowl-like basin was discovered by a mountaineer prospecting for gold.
For Getting the Creeps: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
This stately hotel, which opened in 1909, has hosted Theodore Roosevelt, the emperor of Japan and many other distinguished guests. However, none were inspired to write a scary story about it until Stephen King came along.
RVs and motorhomes from all over the continent flock to the setting of King’s 1977 horror classic “The Shining.” If you enjoy having the living daylights scared out of you, stay the night. The Stanley plays the uncut, R-rated original film version on a continuous loop in every guest room. If haunting isn’t your thing, you can still appreciate the Stanley for its rich history and breathtaking scenery.
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