Great American Road Trips, Eleven of Twelve; Central Rockies

Including portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, the Rockies span nearly the length of the continent along the Rocky Mountain ridge. The central section of the range is technically a very arid, desert environment – something that many people don’t realize before they visit the region – but the Rockies offer a vast expanse of sites to see by RV. Check out these three can’t-miss stops to put on your road trip itinerary.

Summit Lake on Mount EvansMount Evans, Colorado

Boasting the highest paved road in North America, Mount Evans offers views as far as the eye can see. Truly touching the heavens at an astonishing 14,271 feet tall, Mount Evans offers a great beginner’s experience for those seeking higher elevations. But be prepared – high elevation can have a more profound impact on some people than it does others. Some individuals may feel slightly intoxicated before getting used to the bizarre sensation of the thinner air, while others may feel incredibly ill for a few days afterwards. The wildlife here is quite abundant, but distinctly different from that round below 13,000 feet. Here on the peak, mountain goats and rams intermingle with summit dwellers, but resist the urge to feed them – you will be doing them no favors.

Rocky Mountain National ParkRocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

When it comes to natural wonders that are accessible, Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a top-shelf pick. From the park’s Falls River Road to Bear Lake, there is no shortage of things to experience as part of your trip by RV. There are numerous – and spacious – parking lots that dot the park, providing you with a perfect place to park your RV while enjoying any portion of the park’s extensive 349 miles of trailways. Campers and fishermen are also welcome in spots throughout the park, providing opportunities for sportsmen to cast their lines for these rich mountain fish.

 

Arches National ParkArches National Park, Utah

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the red rocks and formations you’ve seen on “Looney Toons” cartoons with the Roadrunner, Moab, Utah, is the perfect place for you. Arches National Park is an experience, with all kinds of recreation to enjoy. Explore the natural arches that dot the terrain during warmer months, or try our some winter hiking to see the stark contrasts of red and white during the colder months. Trails are open to mountain bikers and whitewater kayaking is allowed with a permit, as well, making Moab an ideal getaway for the adventurer. Park your RV in one of the permitted areas, and enjoy the amazing sights and experiences of the central Rockies.

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