With the Rockies calling from the west, Denver is the ideal spot for an RV road trip adventure. The outdoorsy spirit is in the air and the options are plentiful, so get to Denver and hit the road. The international airport makes it easy to arrive by air, and it is at a crossroads of major interstate highways so you can head out in any direction.
Drive Denver with an RV Rental
Denver Does it Best
The “Mile High City”, Denver got its nickname not from fumblings in plane bathrooms, but from its position a mile above sea level at the foot of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. It is a bustling and happy city which has an eye to the future, while remaining true to its frontier heritage.
The great outdoors is a big part of life - and this can be observed through its many fit and tanned residents who work hard and play hard. Ideal for motorhome holidaying, access to the Rockies is one of Denver’s biggest draw-cards, but it’s also increasingly cosmopolitan with great dining, drinking and entertainment scenes.
Where to Stay
Denver has pretty standard accommodation options, with a wide range of chain and independent hotels in all price brackets. For budget digs, try hostels scattered around the city - the Denver International Hostel and Melbourne International Hotel and Hostel are both very central. There are lovely bed and breakfast options - the Castle Marne B&B is located in a refitted castle from 1889. To get back to nature a little, visit one of the RV parks around the city’s outskirts.
Arts, Sport and More
Denver has a strong arts scene and there is always something to do, from live music to comedy performances, theatre shows and exhibitions. Major annual events on the sporting calendar include NFL games, the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour and Champ Car race the Grand Prix of Denver. There are many festivals, including International Wine to Arvada Harvest, and several film festivals. The city also hosts unique events close its heart: the Mile High Amazing Race challenge, Colorado Gay Rodeo and Craft Brewers Conference. Just pop in your motorhome and get searching.
Culinary Delights of Colorado
Denver’s dining scene is increasingly seeing innovative chefs and restaurants specialising in farm-to-table eating, using the best local products - Angus beef, buffalo, trout and Midwest crops. Rocky Mountain Oysters are a local delicacy – they’re not found in the sea, but hanging between the legs of Colorado’s bulls. Casual Mexican eateries are a good option in the lower price range, and at the top end are amazing restaurants, including Rioja, 1515 Restaurant and The Fort.
Drinking is a favourite pastime for Denver residents - and they like local beer. The region is a hot-spot for microbreweries, and the state produces the most beer by volume than any other in the country. It is suggested that you aim for quality over quantity - the high elevation can magnify the effects. Those with a motorhome, ensure you have a designated driver!
History, Places and People
Denver’s youthful and open-minded atmosphere is a far cry from the cowboy culture of the distant past. It still pays homage to Western roots through food and enthusiasm for the outdoors, but the neighbourhoods are now modern and trendy. There is plenty of variation in Denver’s districts, from the nightlife and bars of Lower Downtown, to the gallery-filled Art District on Santa Fe Drive.
The city is situated right at the edge of the Rocky Mountain foothills, between them and the High Plains to the east. The land is relatively flat and the streets form a grid pattern radiating from the State Capitol downtown. The mountains have an influence on the city through the outdoorsy hobbies and personalities of its population. Many people come to the city specifically for the opportunity of adventure sports and outdoor pursuits, and a lot of them rent an RV to explore.
Get Out and About
Sport is a big deal in Denver, especially involving teams. Hockey, basketball and lacrosse national leagues are based at the Pepsi Centre. The Denver Broncos play and practice at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High and there are also several rugby clubs. Try and catch a game and mingle with the sports-mad locals.
Get amongst the fabulous scenery of the Rocky Mountains – it’s a top ten thing to do in America. In the summer there is hiking, swimming, fishing and climbing on the menu; in the winter the ski resorts open for business. Less than an hour’s drive will get you into the national parks and forests which cover the mountains.
Perusing the museums and architecture of Denver is a great way to spend a day. There is heritage everywhere, starting with the beautiful State Capitol building. The Black American West Museum and Heritage Centre is a fascinating place to examine pioneering endeavours of the Midwest. There is a Children’s Museum, a Museum of Nature, and the Denver Mint is open to visitors.
The grid pattern of Denver’s streets is generally easy to navigate for those renting RVs and motorhomes. Be warned that the downtown grid lies at a diagonal angle! Buses and light rail operate throughout the city and are relatively cheap and easy to use. Car and RV rentals are useful for travelling at your own schedule.
Get in and out of Denver via Denver International Airport or one of the many intercity coach companies. Amtrak run trains to Chicago and the Bay Area through Denver, stopping at Union Station.
Sun and Snow
Denver has four distinct seasons. However, the general weather forecast is sunny. The summers can be anywhere from mild to hot, with average high temperatures in the mid- to late-20s. In late fall, winter and early spring brings periods of snow - which doesn’t stay on the ground for long, thanks to clear and sunny days. Humidity is low.