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Why Colorado is such a Spectacular RV Destination

| Updated Aug 11, 2013

If you like driving your RV, drive it in Colorado.

Why Colorado? Look at the photos. Around every corner is another great, sweeping vista.

This journal-style post was originally published in 2013. We hope you enjoy the reminiscing – especially the types of RVs we used at the time. If you want to see an even MORE spectacular post about Colorado PLUS all the camping available — go here! 


Today, we drove about 80 miles from Mesa Verde National park in the far southwest corner up Highway 145 to the Matterhorn Campground in the San Juan Mountains a dozen or so miles south of Telluride.

Why Colorado? 

From the semi-arid canyon country to alpine forests, the drive couldn't be prettier. Even towing that new AmerLite Travel Trailer I bought from American RV in Grand Rapids, MI before setting out on this family vacation, my Roadtrek eTrek barely strained at it pulled us up to about 9,500 feet.

Mike and Jeff on the Prater Ridge Trail
The view from Prater Ridge

Before leaving Mesa Verde, son Jeff and I hiked the Prater Ridge Trail that climbs high above our Morefield Campground campsite following the rim of Prater Ridge, which separates Morefield Canyon and Prater Canyon and offers commanding views of the Montezuma Valley. We got high up on the trail when a fast-moving mountain thunderstorm with lightning sent us scrambling back down.

Quarter moon at Mesa Verde National Park

The storm stayed up on top of the ridge and last night, a spectacular quarter moon peeked down at us. Our granddaughters gathered up every kid in the campground and we had the S'More party of all S'More parties last night. It's amazing how fast kids become friends on a camping strip and how a campground becomes a neighborhood each night, with folks strolling around, looking at the other rigs, talking about the day and the next adventures, sharing tips, and enjoying each other's company as if we were lifelong friends.

Then morning comes and the neighborhood vanishes as the RVs pull off to all points on the compass.

Why Colorado?

Today, we made the drive to Telluride, where we'll spend one night before heading up to Gunnison and the Black Canyon on Monday.

The Matterhorn campground we chose for the night is on a small loop off Highway 145. There are 28 campsites with four of them offering RV hookups of water, electricity, and septic. We let Jeff and Aimee in the trailer and Wendy and Dan in a borrowed Roadtrek SS Ideal use the full hookups. Jen and I are dry camping in a great spot nestled into the woods on the slope of a mountain just across from them. Our eTrek with its solar power and diesel generator lets us use every appliance just like we were plugged in.

That's snow up on top of those mountains near Telluride

There is no Internet in the Matterhorn Campground so I'm now parked in the Roadtrek with two of the dogs while everyone else in the family took a gondola from the Mountain Village resort development to check out Telluride. There's a great 4G signal here so I wrote this week's newsletter, uploaded some photos, and fired off this quick post.

I'm thinking I really need to bite the bullet and invest in a satellite Internet system. I'm missing some big-time family fun because of spotty cell phone Internet.

{{I did eventually figure out a better cellphone system – you can read about it here}}


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This ebook is a seven-day guided exploration of the State and National Parks in Colorado.

We provide a suggested route and itinerary, links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking spots, and the best spots to see along the way.

Don’t plan your trip to Colorado without it! 


Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-08-11

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

27 Responses to “Why Colorado is such a Spectacular RV Destination”

August 25, 2014at9:48 am, Willard Wagner said:

Try Bear Lake, above Estes Park. An awesome place to camp.

August 24, 2014at9:31 pm, Debbie Kelly said:

Mike Kelly…..

August 24, 2014at7:43 pm, Cheryl Ann Barnes said:

Yes I have pictures just like this when we were there !!!

August 24, 2014at6:58 pm, Darlene Leon said:

Glad to see glare reflection on photo taken out the front windshield. We just completed 8,800 mile
Cross country trip and found the same issue. We bought 2 black bath towels and folded them to cover our dash, glare gone!!

August 24, 2014at5:57 pm, Janet Loudon Engle said:

Wish they had more RV parks so hard to find a place to park north of metro area.

August 24, 2014at5:19 pm, Michael Washburn said:

You mention internet connectivity which way do you think you’ll go? what is the best way to go, 4G or satellite? who has the best coverage, best rates, for both satellite and 4G. Then what device is best, telephone, tablet, or laptop just questions that I started thinking about after reading article.

August 24, 2014at5:04 pm, Phillip Raymond Earles said:

this past spring, drove from USAFA to Four Corners, beautiful

August 24, 2014at4:56 pm, Lisa Douglas said:

Colorado is just a great destination, no matter how you get there.

August 24, 2014at3:49 pm, Edwin Michaels said:

Dope is legal now

August 24, 2014at3:39 pm, Barbara O'Gara said:

Lived in the Springs for several years … loved it. So much to see and do.

August 24, 2014at3:05 pm, Robert Gaspari Prime said:

-Dina Seeger Gaspari. 🙂

August 24, 2014at2:59 pm, Will Wood said:

Great road trips!

August 24, 2014at2:56 pm, Carol Heimiller said:

We love Colorado

August 13, 2013at11:18 am, Bill Sprague said:

It may be worth picking up a cheap hummingbird feeder. We hung one on our awning in Buena Vista and instantly had a dozen hummers whirring about. Our sons spend hours just watching them come and go.


August 13, 2013at11:17 am, Bill Sprague said:

It may be worth picking up a cheap hummingbird feeder. We hung one on our awning in Buena Vista and instantly had a dozen hammers whirring about. Our sons spend hours just watching them come and go.


August 12, 2013at5:15 pm, Mike Wendand said:

Fred… it’s not Verizon’s fault the phone went dead! Verizon is awesome… they’re working on getting me a replacement out here in Grand Junction, CO.
And they way I post to this blog is through Verizon, using a MiFi card and an cell phone booster. I’ve written a lot about it on the blog so look around and you can see my setup.

August 12, 2013at5:13 pm, Mike Wendand said:

Virgil… well, as I reply to you I am in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and my Roadtrek has hauled that trailer attached to my hitch up to over 10,000 feet… believe it or not. I shot some video and will post it when I get a reliable enough connection.

August 12, 2013at12:35 pm, Jennifer Wendand said:

The grandkids are the social directors of each campground. They make friends with every kid within 10 minutes!

August 12, 2013at12:33 pm, Fred Martin said:

How are you getting by without a cell phone? I can’t believe Verizon has not replaced that dead one for you. Seems like they’re getting lots of bad ink from your experience. But you are posting somehow my the internet. How is that happening?

August 12, 2013at12:30 pm, Marta said:

That’s so true about how neighborhoods are formed each night in a campground and then break up each morning. We just love your posts, Mike. We feel like we are right there with you and your family. We wish we could hear from them on how they like the experience.

August 12, 2013at12:28 pm, Virgil Jamison said:

How is that Roadtrek doing pulling the travel trailer? Those are some pretty steep mountain grades you are traveling. I find it hard to believe that Roadtrek can really do what you say its doing. Some of those grades are hard enough in a car!

August 11, 2013at9:00 pm, Campskunk said:

i really like Colorado – waaay up the Gunnison there’s Lakeview Campground at Taylor Park, 30 miles by air from Aspen but 200 or more by road. it’s all rainbows and bluebirds up there this time of year – literally. best place to spend August in the whole country.

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