Colorado is known for its exceptional summer outdoor activities like camping and RVing, but it's not just a place to visit during the summer. Colorado is a state full of things to see and do year-round. If you haven't been to the state during the cooler months of the year, Colorado should top your list of must-visit places during the fall and the winter.
Football season in Colorado is just as welcoming as the beautiful summer outdoor recreational season or the cold and snowy skiing season. NFL football attracts visitors from all over the United States who have one purpose in mind: to cheer on their favorite football teams. Instead of winterizing your rig and waiting for warm weather, why not pair your love of football with your love of RVing? Or better yet, why not park your rig and rent an RV closer to where your team plays?
The Denver Broncos are hometown favorites, but the city always welcomes out of town guests. The Broncos Stadium at Mile High, located in the north end of the city, is a landmark in the Mile-High City, and it's a stadium that all football fans will appreciate. There isn't much in life better than relaxing, overlooking the city, and watching an iconic orange and blue sunset behind the Rocky Mountains to the west.
Denver Broncos football and tailgating is a family-affair at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Football fans of all ages will enjoy a vacation centered around the sport, especially if the game is part of an RV trip, too. Fans, get your rig ready and head to Denver to experience football the Broncos way.
If you plan on taking a trip to Broncos Stadium at Mile High, check the game schedule and plan your trip early. Tickets to the game as well as seating choices can be found on the Official NFL website. Once you've scored tickets to the game, get online, and find the parking option that works best for you. Certain types of onsite parking permits can be purchased online before the big game.
The Denver Broncos play in the iconic Stadium at Mile High, located at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and I-25. Denver traffic is congested during peak travel hours, including the days when the Broncos play. It's best to arrive at the stadium early to avoid traffic-related problems.
I-25 connects to I-70 to the north of Denver and C-470 to the south of the city. The Denver area has toll roads, many of which only operate during congested times of the day. Should you decide to take the toll roads, follow the signs for the toll lanes. In Denver and the suburbs of the city, all drivers who take the toll roads are mailed a bill to the address listed on their registration, regardless of their state of residence.
The Denver Broncos tailgating is both car and RV friendly. RVers planning to park at the game for tailgating should pre-purchase their parking pass to ensure there are enough parking spaces to fit your rig. First-come, first-served cash RV parking may be available on game day, but RV spaces fill fast. Tailgating with an RV at Broncos Stadium at Mile High is as simple as buying enough standard spaces to fit your rig. An easy to use guide on finding RV parking spaces as well as the lots permitting RVs this season are available on the Denver Broncos webpage.
The traffic near the Stadium at Mile High during significant events, including game days, is often congested, so the city implemented public transportation with specialized routes and extended ride times to help alleviate traffic near the stadium. Not only does public transportation help to support increased traffic on game days, but it also creates a stress-free and affordable way for fans to get to the stadium.
Football fans may choose to get to the stadium by taking game day bus routes and special shuttles, the city's light rail system, rideshares, taxis, or private transportation services. The stadium also has a bike valet area for environmentally-conscious football fans who prefer to ride their bike to the game.
The Stadium at Mile High is located within the heart of the City of Denver. If you bring your RV to the stadium for tailgating, you will need to move your RV at the end of the game, and return to your campground for the night. If you prefer to leave your RV at the campsite and bring your towed or rented vehicle with you to the game, you can still buy a parking permit before the game to ensure you have a place to tailgate on game day.
The City of Denver has a few RV park camping options within a 20-mile radius of the Stadium at Mile High, but the majority of camping locations in Denver are nestled throughout the suburbs. The Colorado State Park system has numerous parks located within 15 to 30 miles of the stadium, and many of these parks have both full hookup camping as well as dry camping options. If you want to experience camping in the city without the feel of the big city, reserve your space at one of the clean and scenic Colorado State Parks, including Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
Once you get to the Stadium at Mile High, it's not a long walk from one tailgating area of the parking lot to another. All of the parking lots are within walking distance to the entrance of the stadium. People riding their bikes to the stadium can park their bikes in the bike valet parking area. Pick up your bike within one hour after the end of the game.
The parking lot at Mile High does not permit any bikes, scooters, or other people movers, so please only bring your bike if you plan on riding outside of the stadium area.
ADA parking is sold on a first-come, first-serve basis in the cash-only lots. Arrive early, because these spots fill quickly.
The Denver Broncos football season passes through three distinct Colorado weather patterns: summer, fall, and winter. Summer games may start hot and cool down once the sun sets. Pack short sleeve shirts, shorts, and a lightweight coat in case it cools below your liking. During the fall, many of the games have the perfect chill in the air, so a light jacket or coat may be needed. If you choose to attend a game during the winter, Colorado has many bluebird sky days, so snow isn't inevitable, but the cold is almost guaranteed. For games during the winter, pack your heavy coat, hat, gloves, and warm socks.
Football games and tailgating require a lot of gear. Pack your best Bronco jerseys, hats, and maybe even your blue and orange face paint. Denver is proud of its Broncos, and team spirit is massive in the Mile-High City. Don't forget to pack your stadium approved clear bags if you want to take items with you into the game. If you pack pop-up tents, folding chairs, or coolers, remember that all of your tailgating gear must fit within your paid parking space, so only pack what will fit.
Denver, the Mile-High City, is a high altitude location. Visitors from cities with lower elevations may feel the effects of the thinner air and feel dizzy, and experience headaches or nausea. If you want to prevent altitude sickness or help to combat feeling poorly, the best remedy is to drink water with plenty of electrolytes. Bring electrolyte tablets with you as well as pain relievers, and something to soothe your stomach if you think you might need it. It's always a good idea to travel with a first aid kit, so don't leave yours at home.
Part of a tailgating or camping experience is grilling hotdogs, hamburgers, and veggies for you and your friends. Bring your propane or charcoal grills with you to the stadium as long as they will fit within your parking space. Once you've finished cooking, extinguish your flames and dispose of your cooking materials. If you need to dispose of hot coal, locate one of the hot coal containers in the Broncos Stadium parking lot.
The Denver food and drink scene is one of the things that attract people to the city. Craft beer and food trucks are a big part of the Denver food and drink experience. Most local breweries have food trucks parked onsite, so beer-lovers have delicious multi-cultural food choices located seconds away from most breweries. If you prefer vegan cuisine, the city has many highly-acclaimed alternative food restaurants minutes from light rail and public transportation depots. If you are visiting a restaurant inside city limits, it's best to leave your RV at your campsite and take public transportation or a rideshare into the city. Parking RVs along city streets is challenging if not impossible.
Bring your cash or credit card with you when you visit Broncos Stadium at Mile High because the food and beverage selection is worth more than one stop to the food concourse. Also, if you are a football fan, the Broncos Team Store has orange and blue gear, galore. Don't worry if you are cheering for the opposing team. There are usually vendors present selling team gear for the Broncos opponents.
The security staff at Broncos Stadium at Mile High aims to keep everyone who attends the games safe and worry-free. When you attend a game at Mile High, the security staff enforces the fan code of conduct. Also, anyone coming past the security checkpoint area must follow the clear bag regulations as well as adhere to the rules of both allowed and prohibited items within the stadium.
Prepare your RV for all seasons, from sunny to rainy as well as cold and snowy, when you tailgate at a Broncos game. Denver weather ranges from average temperatures in August from 59° to 90° and 20° to 49° in January. Denver is known for its beautiful, sunny skies, but the weather may change in an instant, so you should prepare your rig for all types of weather to avoid getting caught off guard with weather you might not have anticipated.
If you find yourself feeling out of sorts during your tailgating party or the game, you may visit the first aid center on the main concourse. Any member of the stadium staff or security will help you locate medical help. Outside of the stadium, medical facilities such as hospitals or pharmacies are as close as three miles from the stadium.