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On the northeastern corner of the Denver metropolitan area, Brighton, Colorado is a great place to start in your Brighton RV rental adventure of the area. A drive into Denver takes just 30 minutes, or you can park the RV rental in Brighton and ride the RTD bus system into the city.
The town was founded in the late 1880s as a railway depot and farming community just outside the fast-growing mines in Denver. Today it retains a small town feel even though it’s within easy driving distance to all of the attractions in its adjacent sister city.
There are minimal RV park options in Brighton, one of which is Barr Lake RV Park. It overlooks the beautiful Barr Lake and has easy access to all of the hiking trails in the state park surrounding it. There’s a Walmart located about five miles to northwest if you’re in need of extra provisions for the Brighton motorhome rental.
A little bit farther out is the Pepper Pod Campground near the town of Hudson. The grounds have sites with full hookups and there’s a coin-op laundry on the premises. Another option is Wild Country RV Park near Keenesburg. It’s almost about a 30-minute drive to the northeast of Brighton, but easily accessible via I-76. Another option would be St. Vrain State Park, about 20 miles to the northwest. The campground weaves its way around the shores of several ponds, making for a great experience if you want to see more of nature when you rent an RV.
There are a couple gas stations along the way, with supplies and fuel to fill up your RV rental near Brighton off I-76, about 15 miles out of the city. You can also find an RV dumping station here and getting your rig to the pumps may be easier out here than at one of the smaller stations in town.
When you book an RV in Brighton, you’ll most likely be spending the majority of your time closer to Denver. However, Brighton has a few things of its own to offer that can make for a relaxing break from the fast-paced city.
Do some shopping in Brighton is at the Prairie Center Shopping Center which has a variety of chain retail stores and a few smaller restaurants. If you want to catch a movie, there’s a theater complex at Brighton Pavilions, near the center of town.
If you’ve brought the kids along, the Brighton Oasis Family Aquatic Park is a place to spend some time on a hot afternoon. They have tons of chairs with umbrellas to hang out under while the kids splash around in the pool and on the slides. Visitors in Brighton might also enjoy the Berry Patch Farm where they can pick their own strawberries, raspberries, plums and other types of fruit. This is a great way to introduce the little ones to where their food comes from and the work that goes into producing it.
Adults, especially craft beer fans, looking for a night out will definitely want to head into the city though. The city of Denver has one of the highest concentrations of breweries in the country, and whether you’re into hop-forward IPAs or more mellow stouts, you can find a place that suits your tastes.
The first stop for nature lovers should be Barr Lake State Park, which is conveniently located a couple miles southeast of downtown Brighton. The park boasts 8.8 miles of trail encircling the lake along with several wildlife viewing stations that jut out into it.
If you’d prefer to spend your day participating in some shooting sports, you’ll want to visit Colorado Clays Shooting Park - one of Denver’s best ranges for skeet and trap along with rifle and pistol shooting. If you’ve never tried it, range officers can help you get started and firearm rentals are available. If golf is more your style, the Riverdale Golf Course, Todd Creek Golf Club, and the Buffalo Run Golf Course are all within a 15-minute drive from Brighton. Disc golfers should check out the Springvale course near the town of Thornton.
If you enjoy hiking and backpacking, no trip to this part of Colorado would be complete without visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, which is only a 90-minute drive away. The park is filled with azure lakes and a number of craggy peaks topping out above 12,000 feet. Many of the campsites there need to be reserved in advance, so it pays to plan ahead if you’re thinking about visiting with the Brighton, CO camper rental.