Awesome Hosts in Colorado
As the months begin to approach summer, many RVers are itching to take their annual summer vacation. For many, this can be a trip to the beach, an annual trip to an amusement park, or even a national park. To switch up your summer vacation or to get some inspiration, consider visiting Colorado. Not only are there ample activities, but the state is very RV-friendly with tons of places to stay. The perfect addition to a road trip or to switch up your campground stays is a Boondockers Welcome membership.
Boondockers Welcome is built by RVers, for RVers. By definition, RVers love to travel, and want to do so comfortably and affordably. We know first hand that RVers will welcome each other to stay on their property only moments after having just met. Kindness and generosity abound. Boondockers Welcome is a venue where RVers can connect and welcome each other to camp on their property for one to five nights, with no expectations of payment anything more than gratitude and a pay-it-forward spirit. At the time this article was written, there are over seventy Boondockers Welcome locations all throughout Colorado. Let’s check out some of the fantastic areas in Colorado and the surrounding areas nearby.
The capital of Colorado is also its most populated city, which isn’t the case in most states. Denver continues to soar in popularity as both a vacation spot and even for those moving here for good reasons. Denver is the perfect blend of outdoorsy culture meets city life, and most visitors and locals alike love spending time here.
Things to Do
In Denver, some of the top attractions to enjoy outdoors are the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo. These family-friendly activities are both located downtown, which can allow visitors to easily visit other popular stops like Union Station, Coors Field, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, or Larimer Square. Don’t forget to check out Denver’s newest attraction, Meow Wolf. For those not familiar, Meow Wolf is a small chain of art-based hands-on attractions that are all unique and laced with mystery and exploration.
Places to Stay
There are no RV campgrounds in the city of Denver. However, there are ample RV parks in the nearby towns of Aurora, Golden, Wheat Ridge, and Brighton, all of which are located within thirty minutes of the city.
At the time this article is being written, there are five Boondockers Welcome locations within the city and its surrounding areas. As always, be sure to request your stay online and get ready to make some new friends! Not enough options? Consider adding Harvest Hosts to your membership to gain access to a Denver-based winery, a nearby brewery, and more!
As a college town nestle in the foothills of the Rockies, Boulder is a very popular place to visit. Between the endless outdoor activities and tons of little shops and restaurants here, it is nearly impossible to become bored in Boulder.
Things to Do
Between the farmers markets, the Pearl Street outdoor shopping center, hiking in The Flatirons, and the Boulder Creek Path, visitors will be sure to get their steps in while visiting Boulder. Feel like breaking out your bike? Boulder is home to the US-36 Bikeway that consists of an eighteen-mile stretch directly between Boulder and Denver. If you happen to visit on one of the very few rainy days Colorado has, be sure to check out a show at the historic Boulder Theater and Museum of Boulder.
Places to Stay
There are numerous places to stay nearby that would greatly enhance your vacation to Boulder. Don’t forget to consider any of the below campgrounds or options!
Peaceful Valley Campground – Boulder, CO
Located in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, this no-frills campground doesn’t have any hookups. However, the close proximity to Boulder and the rustic location make this a popular camping location and a beautiful, special find.
Countrywood Inn and RV Park – Longmont, CO
This full-hookups campground operates on a first come, first-served basis. They offer amenities such as an on-site laundromat, cable, a communal BBQ area, and more.
Boulder County Fairgrounds – Longmont, CO
This campground is open year-round and offers water and electrical hookups, with an on-site dump station. This is the largest campground on our list, with over ninety total spaces available. This campground also operates on a first come, first-served basis.
At the time this article is being written, there are three Boondockers Welcome locations located within twenty miles of Boulder. As always, be sure to request your stay online, and get ready to make some new friends!
Located in Northern Colorado, Fort Collins is a town known by few non-Colorado residents. Originally founded as a military fort in the 1800s, many original Fort Collins houses and establishments still stand today.
Things to Do
This area is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy a beer. Fort Collins produces seventy percent of the craft beer in the state and has over twenty microbreweries. Similar to other Colorado towns, Fort Collins has a huge bicycling culture. The town is a platinum level bike-friendly city, which is a title given to only five cities in the entire country. Fort Collins is also the perfect place to use as a base camp while exploring Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
Places to Stay
There are numerous places to stay nearby that would greatly enhance your vacation to Fort Collins. Don’t forget to consider any of the below campgrounds or options!
Fort Collins/Lakeside KOA – Fort Collins, CO
This KOA has all of the amenities typically found in this particular chain of campgrounds. In addition, they offer a dog park, a library, and tons of fun seasonal amenities and activities. True to their name, this campground sits right on a lake that permits both fishing and boating.
Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground – Fort Collins, CO
Located right by the reservoir, this county campground is open all year round. The best time to visit during the late spring, summer, and early fall seasons, when the lake can is available for boating, fishing, swimming, and more. The sites themselves do not have hookups, but there is drinking water located on-site.
At the time this article was written, there are eight Boondockers Welcome locations within twenty miles of Boulder. As always, be sure to request your stay online, and get ready to make some new friends!
One of the best parts qualities of Colorado is the varied landscape. While you can see endless majestic mountains to the north, the southern portion is reminiscent of the desert and the landscapes of Arizona or Utah. When driving down to Colorado Springs, visitors can enjoy a stunning backdrop of mountains and vibrant red sandstone.
Things to Do
One of the best main attractions in Colorado Springs is a visit to the Garden of the Gods park. This protected section of nature offers visitors the opportunity to hike scenic trails, take in iconic views, visit the gift shop, learn about local history, and so much more. In addition to Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs has tons of other outdoor recreation to offer, such as the Arkansas River (popular for tubing and whitewater rafting) and the Royal Gorge train (popular for both riding and dining). Many visitors to the area also enjoy horseback riding through all the various hiking areas.
Places to Stay
There are numerous places to stay nearby that would greatly enhance your vacation to Colorado Springs. Don’t forget to consider any of the below campgrounds or options!
Peak RV Resort – Colorado Springs, CO
This newer campground features full-hookups sites with a community BBQ and patio area. There are laundry and restroom facilities on-site, and it is located fairly close to town amenities.
Mountaindale Cabins and RV Resort – Colorado Springs, CO
This year round resort offers full hookups and is located between fifteen and thirty minutes from most nearby, major attractions. The resort offers a recreation room, two pavilions, a playground, and over forty-five total acres of hiking trails.
At the time this article is being written, there are seven Boondockers Welcome locations within twenty miles of Boulder. As always, be sure to request your stay online and get ready to make some new friends!
If you’re looking to shake up your summer, consider visiting Colorado. There are mountains waiting to be explored, rivers waiting to be paddled, and people who will be excited to meet you. There are so many possibilities that improve even moreso when traveling here in your RV. Outside of the four areas east of the mountains that are highlighted here, there are even more incredible places to see. The Rocky Mountains are chock full of vibrant little towns full of adventures and camping opportunities, and the beauty of thr Rockies adds to the splendor. Both Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts are each headquartered in Colorado, so we may be a little biased, but we think this state is a pretty incredible place to visit.
Have you been to Colorado in your RV, and if so, what places or areas were your favorites? What place on our list sounds like the most fun? Tell us all about your future plans and past adventures in the comments below!
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Living in Summit County CO with many Alpine & Nordic resorts I find it shameful that it is very unfriendly to winter RVing. My suggestion is for all skiing RVers to contact Scott Fitzwilliams – Forest Supervisor – White River National Forest – USDA Forest Service & request overnight parking in collaboration with resorts.