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Denver and its suburbs make up one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, with vibrant culture, downtown districts, and breweries aplenty. However, the hustle and bustle of the city sends many to seek a quieter place to lay their head that’s still near to the all the outdoor attractions of the Rocky Mountain Front. Fortunately, the mountains are just as beautiful a short drive to the north at St. Vrain State Park, which offers respite from the congestion of the Mile High City, and is the perfect place for renting an RV.
St. Vrain State Park encompasses a swath of wetlands just off Interstate 25 and a little to the east of Longmont. Some of the sites at the St Vrain campground have full hookups, but many only offer electrical outlets for your rental RV. There is a dump station close by and some spigots for accessing drinking water too. A short walk from the RV sites is the Barbour Ponds Camper Services building, which has bathrooms, showers, and a coin-op laundromat.
Most people coming to St. Vrain aren’t here for the amenities though, but rather for the impressive green spaces that surround it. Walking trails encircle several ponds inside the park and are great for bird watching; eagles, egrets, and pelicans are in abundance at St. Vrain. There are also some fishing piers around the ponds, making it easier to dip your line in - just be sure you have a Colorado fishing license. Perhaps the best part of booking one of the RV rentals in Weld County is its proximity to everything on the Rocky Mountain Front; in just half an hour's drive, you can be in downtown Denver or Boulder.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a very short drive away when you choose an RV rental near St. Vrain State Park. It’s one of the most popular parks in the National Parks System, and it really shows in the summer months where traffic can be bumper to bumper on Trail Ridge Road – the highest paved road in a national park at over 12,000 feet. That’s why it pays to plan a hike in one of the less crowded sections of the park, like the Wild Basin area near Allenspark on the park’s south side.
There are plenty of excellent trails outside the park too, such as Rabbit Mountain a few miles northwest of Longmont. It’s a fairly easy hike that’s suitable for all fitness levels, and you can even bring your four-legged pal (something that’s not allowed in the national parks).
For a thrilling adventure on one of Colorado’s gnarliest rivers, book a whitewater-rafting trip in Estes Park. Just outside Rocky Mountain NP, the Upper Colorado and Poudre Rivers offer Class II and III rapids that are big enough to get your heart pumping, but not so scary that you can’t take the family. Kayak rentals are also available in Estes Park if you feel like taking on the rapids without a guide or just want to paddle around one of the area’s tranquil lakes.
When you’re camping at St. Vrain State Park, your closest dining and entertainment options will all be in the town of Longmont, ten minutes west of the RV campground. The cuisine in Longmont runs the gamut from steakhouses to Mexican cantinas to fine sushi, and as with any sizable town in Colorado, there are some excellent microbreweries to wash it down with.
If you enjoy a good cup of tea though, make plans to visit the Celestial Seasonings Factory in Boulder. At this popular herbal tea manufacturer's site, you can take a walking tour of the factory floor; it might be the most pleasant olfactory experience you’ve ever had, with sweet smells of mint, chamomile, and a host of spices wafting through the air.
History buffs will surely want to explore the museums of Longmont though, and one of the most unique historical collections can be found at the Dougherty Museum. It houses an impressive set of antique cars, musical instruments, rifles, and tractors. What ties them all together? Nothing really, but it’s still a fun place to check out if you enjoy old and incredibly well-maintained artifacts.
Despite the difficulties of finding a parking space for your RV rental, it’s worth taking a day trip into Denver at least once during your motorhome camping trip. Not only does it have more nightlife than anywhere else in the area, but it’s also home to some world-class museums like the Cliff Still Museum, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and Children’s Museum of Denver.