Exploring Colorado's Front Range - Native Campervans

Exploring Colorado’s Front Range

Colorado boasts incredible national parks and breathtaking mountain destinations, but there are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered by campervan on the Front Range. Escape the crowds or avoid mountain driving by exploring one of these three incredible places. Pick up from our Denver shop and hit the road for an epic journey through Colorado’s unique spots.

Garden of the Gods 

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 30 min – 74 miles

Things to Do:

Hiking – Gard of the Gods has plenty of trails to explore, each with its own stunning views. The hikes range from easy to moderate. 
Perkins Central Carden Trail – This is an easy loop in the heart of the park. It is 1.5 miles and only 30 feet in elevation gain.
Siamese Twins Loop Trail – This is a short 0.5-mile hike with 100 feet of elevation gain. On this hike, you will be transported into a world of rock formations.
Palmer, Buckskin-Charley Trail – This hike will give you a great view of Pikes Peak. 

Climbing: Garden of the Gods is a great spot for beginner climbers. The rock is easy to climb, and they offer guided tours that come with all the gear you need. Plus, the views from the top are unmatched! 

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Where to Camp:

Garden of the Gods RV Resort – If you want to be close to the action, this is the spot for you. They have all the amenities you’ll need, from drinking water to showers and everything in between. Reservations are required to book ahead of time. 

Pikes Peak RV Park – This campground sits between Gard of the Gods and Manitou Springs, giving you access to two amazing destinations. Since it’s an RV park, you will have all the amenities, but reservations are required. 

Rampart Range Road – Dispersed Camping – Though this camping area is located 35 minutes outside of the park, it is the ultimate spot for quiet and open camping. Here, you will have immaculate views and plenty of space, plus it’s free! There are no amenities, so you will have a more traditional camping experience. 

Paint Mines

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 40 minus – 88 miles 

Things to do:

Hiking – The Paint Mines are great for a short pull-off to explore an otherworldly destination. The hiking here is all easy, with the longest hike being 1.3 miles long. The hikes take you through these colorful rocks, giving you an up-close look at the unique geology. 

Photography – If you are a photographer, this is a great spot to shoot. Whether you like to take pictures of landscapes or want a different kind of backdrop, this spot is perfect. Plus, The Paint Mines sit far away from light pollution so that you can get wonderful night shots. 

Visit Colorado Springs – You’ll pass by Colorado Springs on your way to The Paint Mines, and it’s a great spot to get some local eats, explore, and visit historic spots like the Broadmoor Hotel

Where to camp:

Cadillac Jacks Campground and Trading Post – This is a simple campground with minimal amenities, but it’s close to the mines and much quieter than other campgrounds. 

Funk Rd. Camping – This campground has plenty of amenities. It is close to the park and provides a nice spot for a comfortable night’s rest. There may be seasonal closures so check ahead of time. 

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Pawnee National Grass Lands

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 30 min – 81 miles

Things to do:

Hiking: Pawnee contains a unique landscape, making it the perfect wonderland to explore. These are some of the best hikes to try here.

Pawnee Buttes Trail – This hike is easy but has a lot of distance. It’s a 4.7 mile out and back, and a great way to start any morning. 

Industrial Arch Trail – This is another easy out-and-back trail that is only 3.8 miles long. There is limited tree coverage, so don’t forget to bring your water! 

Indian Caves – If you’re looking for a challenge, then you’ll want to check out this hike. This 5-mile loop is full of wildlife and a great place to take in views.

Bird Tour – If you enjoy wildlife and take it easy, you’ll want to embark on Pawnee’s bird tour. Take your time driving through the 21-mile stretch of bird habitats and enjoy all the wildlife you may come across. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Scenic Drive – Well, you are in a campervan, so you might as well go on a scenic drive! Pawnee has stunning historic byways you can enjoy from the comfort of the van. 

Where to camp: 

Pawnee Butte View – This campsite is a stunning wide open space with 360 views. This is a free dispersed campsite, but they do have some amenities like a toilet and picnic tables. 

Crown Valley – Sitting right inside the Pawnee National Grassland, this campground has every amenity you’ll need. Reservations are required, so book ahead of time! Serenity Ranch – If you enjoy wildlife, this is a beautiful spot to camp. Get the chance to see some horses from the comfort of your campervan.

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