Thunder Valley National

Spring is almost at an end, and that can only mean one thing: Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, CO, is about to begin. Is it time for an RV trip?

Event information

Thunder Valley National, at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Morrison, Lakewood, Colorado, forms part of the annual Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. This championship is run nationwide at some of the country’s best tracks, and many of the most skilled motocross riders in the world fight it out on the dirt for that top step of the podium.

Thunder Valley Motocross Park has its time to shine in May – and shine it does. Over one full day, 250cc and 450cc motocross riders battle it out on the track while thousands of onlookers look on in awe. RV-goers camp at the track, day visitors come and go throughout the full day from early morning to evening, and everyone has a spectacular time.

If it’s not national winners and MX legends, such as Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ben Townley, and Joey Savatgy that bring MX-mad visitors in their droves, then it’s the track facilities that do.

Those who purchase their tickets and make the journey to Lakewood are treated to grandstand and open-air seating, interactive sponsor villages, entertainment, concession stands, and even amateur racing the day after the pros take the checkered flag.

The beauty of this facility, too, is that it’s proximate to many natural attractions. Thunder Valley National may bring you to Lakewood, but William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park, the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, and the myriad of trailheads in the region will surely make you stay a little longer. What are you waiting for? MX riders are warming up their bikes, so it’s time to get going!

Tickets

From super passes and pit passes to RV camping and general admission, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to ways to experience Thunder Valley National with your family and friends. Pit passes are available in advance and on the day, and prices vary depending on the package you buy. Don’t delay in organizing your tickets for Thunder Valley National so that you can plan your RV trip around it.

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Transportation

Driving

Lakewood is the fifth-most populated city in Colorado and the most populous municipality in Jefferson County. It’s west of Denver at the junction of US Route 6 and CO-121 and is beautifully positioned on the western edge of the Great Plains. Its location means it’s the perfect city for RV-goers and nature enthusiasts who want to explore the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains or Green Mountain.

Lakewood’s elevation and proximity to mountains mean that RV-goers will need to have a travel plan. Confidence for sometimes winding, narrow, and elevated roads is also paramount. Lakewood’s position on the edges of Pawnee National Grassland and national forests means that while the main highways are well maintained and effortless to navigate with traffic apps like Colorado Roads, those off-the-beaten-track roads can take a little more skill.

Upon arriving in Lakewood, however, motorists can look for Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Morrison at 701 South Rooney Road.

Parking areas

Upon entering the main gates of Thunder Valley Motocross Park, you will be pleasantly surprised by how many parking areas there are for your convenience. You can purchase preferred day parking to place you closer to the action, or be directed to a suitably-sized space for parking during the day.

You can also reserve an RV camping spot in advance if you decide to stay overnight. For those who arrive a little later in the day and end up in the outer parking lot, there is a regular shuttle service to get you to and from the race track.

Public Transportation

Given the sheer number of parking options available for the Thunder Valley National, there’s likely to be little or no need for public transportation. Although, if you would prefer to leave your RV at a nearby RV campground, you can phone for a taxi or book a rideshare service provider. Rental car services also have a dedicated parking area in the outer lot, with shuttles to take you to the track from that lot.

Where to stay

Onsite

The Thunder Valley National incorporates a full day of motocross racing, which means you’re bound to not feel like driving once the checkered flag waves for the last time. Why not stay the night?

Primitive RV camping is an exciting adventure for anyone who hasn’t been on a trip in their motorhome for a long time. You can’t light campfires at Thunder Valley Motocross Park, but you can use your generator, charcoal grill, and propane grill. You also don’t have to leave until a reasonable hour the day after the event is over. Rooney Road is usually closed for this event, so you can enter and exit from Alameda Parkway.

While you might not have the convenience of sewer, electricity, and water hookups, you do get to experience a new style of self-sufficient camping that’s likely to appeal.

Nearby

For those who are not prepared for primitive RV camping, check out the other RV camping options in Lakewood, Colorado. You may be surprised at how many RV campgrounds are near Thunder Valley Motocross Park, even within a short 20-mile driving distance. Denver West / Central City KOA also gives RVers an option about 30 miles to the west.

Both resorts and campgrounds in the area are accessible with a large RV. If you allow plenty of time to make your booking, you’re unlikely to find it too challenging to find somewhere to stay with an RV.

Getting around

Pit vehicles, bicycles, and any wheeled personal vehicles are not allowed at the Thunder Valley National. While there is a shuttle to take you to and from the outer parking lots, guests can get around the rest of the facility on foot. Fortunately, the various grandstands and vantage points are proximate to restrooms and food courts for your convenience. There are even fan tunnels to allow you access to the infield.

What to pack

Clothing

It can be hard to know what to expect at the tail end of spring in Lakewood, Colorado. Often, the area experiences around one week of rainfall during the month, but other times the skies are clear and the temperatures mild. To be prepared for all weather conditions, pack a range of clothing options. You can then be comfortable whether you’re watching races at the Thunder Valley National or checking out the nearby state forests.

Gear

Those who decide to camp overnight at the Thunder Valley National will not only need to pack convenience items for watching events during the day but cooking and camping equipment for after the racing is over. Earplugs and binoculars will allow you to see all the action but not hear its full noise and carrying cash will prove useful for vendor purchasers.

Don’t forget a marker and paper for signing sessions with your favorite riders in the pits. While you can’t bring glass into the venue, you’re more than welcome to bring water bottles to keep you hydrated while you watch.

Health & Safety

While summer is yet to rear its head in Lakewood, Colorado, you may still see the value in packing all of your sun safety supplies. Being out in the elements all day will see the need for sunglasses, a sun hat, lip balm, sunscreen, and even bug spray. Don’t forget to pack toiletries, a first aid kit, and any prescription medication you need in your RV.

Event organizers also ask that visitors are aware of their surroundings at all times. Motocross racing can be dangerous, and being mindful of yourself and others can keep you as safe as possible.

Where to eat

Cooking

Camping overnight at Thunder Valley Motocross Park allows you to get creative at mealtime. You can haul out your charcoal grill for authentic charred cuisine, or cook a hot dog or two on your propane grill. While you’ll need to tuck away your marshmallows for another time due to the onsite campfire ban, you won’t be short of cooking options. You can even access all the supplies you need in Lakewood a mere six miles from the race track.

Restaurants

If your family is tired of you burning the hot dogs all the time, then treat them to a meal at one of the local restaurants or eateries. It almost doesn’t matter which area of Lakewood you travel to for a meal; there is bound to be somewhere that grabs your attention. Try a new cuisine like Chinese, Mexican, or traditional American, or stick with burgers, fries, and pizza. As many eateries as you can think of are within a ten-mile driving radius of the Thunder Valley National MX event.

Vendors

For those who work up a hunger or thirst at the Thunder Valley National, but don’t want to travel, the onsite vendors deliver. There is a food court near one of the premium vantage points that offer a myriad of different options. You can watch the motocross riders in action while you wait in line, and then enjoy refreshing beverages and hot or cold food to satisfy those hunger pangs. Make sure you bring cash in case some vendors do not accept debit or credit cards.

Safety

Security

The most important thing to remember regarding safety and security at the Thunder Valley National is that motocross can be a dangerous sport. Be vigilant at all times, know where your children and family are, and do not turn your back to riders. Security officials will do all they can to keep everyone safe, but ask that you help with that process.
There may also be screening processes in place at the gate by ticket takers. The less you bring with you into the grandstands, the faster you can clear security.

Weather

Spring is slowly turning into summer once the Thunder Valley National comes to town, but a mixed bag of weather may await. The semi-arid climate promotes warm and hot summers, but rain is frequent in spring, and temperatures average between 40 and 70 degrees. To know whether you’ll need a sun umbrella or a rain one, download a weather app or monitor the local weather for Jefferson County, Colorado. You can then remained informed on every leg of your journey.

Medical

With terrain changes and being outside in the elements all day, it’s not uncommon to not feel well. If you think you need first aid assistance, then you will find the first aid tent by the sponsor village. If you require immediate medical care, dial 911. The nearest hospital is six miles from the race track, while a pharmacy for essential supplies is within five miles.