In Colorado’s northern Front Range, the simple roots and peaceful lifestyle befitting Johnstown’s location in a scenic farm valley makes it a perfect place to rent an RV to get close to the urban offerings of the state capital of Denver, 45 miles south. When you book an RV in Johnstown, you’ll be within 25 miles of Fort Collins, the state’s craft beer capital, and Boulder’s beckoning cliffs and hiking trails are 40 miles to the southwest.
Getting around the tiny 14-square mile town is mostly accomplished with commuter shuttle, commercial service or cycling in designated bike lanes. With a selection of RV parks a few miles outside the city center, you can easily connect to Denver via Bustang buses near Loveland, or hop on FLEX buses headed to Fort Collins and Boulder while your RV rental near Johnstown remains safely parked in the campground. Heading north, you may want to follow I-25 for about an hour to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to take a journey back into the frontier days.
The Great Outdoors
You don’t have to go very far to immerse yourself in Colorado’s mesmerizing outdoors. Drive your Johnstown camper rental to the Poudre River Canyon just outside Fort Collins, where a host of outdoor recreational opportunities abound. The views here are fantastic, so take Colorado Highway 14 from Fort Collins and enjoy a scenic drive. Anglers will find the river well-stocked with trout and whitewater thrill-seekers can choose from Class II-Class V rapids. Give your legs a good workout on a hiking or biking adventure, or slip into a kayak to experience the beauty of the river as it flows through the heart of the Roosevelt National Forest.
If going vertical is your sport, you won’t find a shortage of peaks to conquer in Colorado, where more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks tower over 10,000 feet, and more than 50 are above 14,000 feet, including the popular 14,114-foot Pikes Peak, just 145 miles south of Johnstown. If a more moderate hike is more suitable for you, head to Boulder or take the Johnstown RV rental near the Flatirons, where there are plenty of trails for every age and skill level.
Alternatively, rent a motorhome in Johnstown and visit Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to marvel at massive petrified redwood stumps and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants found in the park. If that doesn’t appeal to you, maybe the stargazing here will.
RV Retreat at Johnson’s Corner is a full-service park five miles north of Johnstown’s small town center, a block away from the main artery of I-25 that runs all the way south to Denver, and a couple of blocks away from an RV repair shop. The leafy park offers RV campers with amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, children’s playground, fenced dog runs, basketball hoops, a volleyball area, and coffee lounge. The closest Walmart is eight miles away in Loveland while the nearest gas station is half a mile away.
If you’d like to take your Johnstown travel trailer rental to Pikes Peak or Florissant Fossil Beds, the closest RV park for both is Pikes Peak RV Park, seven miles from the mountain of Pikes Peak. Wake up to creekside views in the heart of Manitou Springs, buy what you need from the on-site convenience store, and make the most of the RV park’s full-service hookups, laundry facilities and bathrooms. Even better, you are within striking range of the rust-colored cliffs of the Garden of the Gods. Take time to look around to better understand where Colorado, the Spanish word for colored red, got its name.
Visit Colorado Springs if you wish to be closer to the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Moraine Park Campground. While there are no electrical hookups, there is potable water and a seasonal dump station. If you’d rather have access to full hookups and still be close to the Rocky Mountains as well as the urban centers of Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, take your travel trailer rental in Johnstown to the nearly century-old Countrywood Inn and RV Park. It lies in a strategic location while providing pleasant amenities such as a privacy fence, patio with BBQ, bathrooms and showers, and a laundromat. There are two Walmarts in Longmont, with the closest being 1.5 miles away. Find a gas station a quarter-mile away.
Exploring the City
Johnstown is a centrally located small community with humble farm-based roots. Stroll down Charlotte Street and visit the Historic Parish House and Museum, the original home of Johnstown’s founder, Harvey J. Parish, to thumb through artifacts and learn about the real history of the town from museum volunteers. Then slip into a bar or enjoy a good meal at restaurants found along Parish Street and enjoy the vibes of downtown before returning to your comfortable RV rental in Johnstown, Colorado. If you’re here on a Friday in August, meet the farmers from around the county who descend onto Parish Street to sell vegetables and other wares.