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Situated on the banks of the Crystal River just south of Carbondale, this intimate Colorado RV park is ideal for campers wanting to escape the crowds. It affords magnificent views of Mount Sopris from its waterfront setting, as well as direct access to the Crystal Valley Trail and trout fishing.
When you’re RV camping at Carbondale / Crystal River KOA, there are 24 RV sites to select from, with full hookups offering up to 50-amp electrical connections. There’s space to cater to RVs up to 110 feet in length, and complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for all campers.
There’s a picnic pavilion where you can mingle with other guests, and firewood sales are available on site. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, there’s also a pool for cooling off while the hot tub and sauna are ideal once the cold sets in. Pets are welcome to stay with you (and run free in the dog park), and there are bicycle rentals also available.
Carbondale campers can enjoy easy access to the activities of Glenwood Springs and the resort town of Aspen, as well as the Rio Grande Trail that links the two. Discover the famous castle of Redstone or the historic mining town of Marble, which once supplied stone for the buildings and monuments of Washington, D.C.
Camp in an RV near Carbondale and make the short drive west to the Grand Mesa National Forest, which borders the White River National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest. Highlights include the 355-foot-high Bridal Veil Falls and more than 300 lakes, with both hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, black bears, and bighorn sheep that inhabit the park, together with bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls, and peregrine falcons.
Camping at Carbondale / Crystal River KOA also gives you direct access to the White River National Forest. It’s particularly renowned as a ski destination, with 12 different ski areas within its borders, while also providing an important habitat for deer, elk, mountain lion, and moose. Don’t miss the Maroon Bells Scenic Area that’s particularly magnificent during the fall and be sure to take a drive along the 82-mile-long Flat Tops Scenic Byway. There are hundreds of miles of trails that are accessible to mountain bikers and horseback riders, as well as ten peaks over 14,000 feet in height to challenge serious trekkers.
To the northeast of the White River National Forest are the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, which together span more than 1.7 million acres. They were named after the Arapaho tribe of Native Americans and former President Theodore Roosevelt who established the park in 1908. Today, they’re divided into ten wilderness areas that comprise some of Colorado’s most spectacular peaks and densely forested terrain that’s traversed by hiking trails and mountain climbing routes. Fish for trout in the streams and lakes of the Comanche Peak Wilderness or head to the Never Summer Wilderness along the border with the Rocky Mountain National Park, which (as its name suggests) experiences heavy rain and snowfall throughout the year.
Renting an RV in Carbondale makes a good base for visiting Glenwood Springs, which is famed for its natural and therapeutic hot springs. Witness the breathtaking beauty of Glenwood Canyon and the turquoise waters of Hanging Lake, then venture into the underground caves of the Glenwood Caverns. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss a visit to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park where they can let loose on the roller coasters, rides, and canyon swings that overlook the Colorado River. If you want to get out on the water, kayaking and rafting trips are both offered through Glenwood Canyon, with soaring cliffs on either side.
Glenwood Springs has a number of supermarkets where you can pick up supplies, as well as gas stations if you need to fill up your RV rental. There’s also a good choice of restaurants to select from, ranging from fast food eateries to fine-dining establishments.
While motorhome camping at the Carbondale / Crystal River KOA, you'll be just 45 minutes’ drive from Aspen, which is perhaps the most famous ski resort town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. While it’s at its liveliest during the winter snow season, Aspen is a year-round destination for outdoor pursuits, with everything from hiking to shopping and outstanding dining on offer. Admire the 19th-century Wheeler Opera House that was built during the area’s silver mining boom or delve into the local history at the Wheeler-Stallard House, which occupies an elegant Queen Anne-style residence. If you’re an art enthusiast, don’t miss the Aspen Art Museum whose rotating and permanent exhibits focus on contemporary works.
Whether you want to explore the hiking trails of the Rocky Mountains, go skiing in Aspen, or soak in the hot springs of Glendale, book an RV in Pitkin County and start planning your next vacation.