Get a Campervan rental in Denver to see the great state of Colorado
Denver, Colorado has become one of my most-frequented big cities during my time on the road.
As I’ve been exploring the amazing hiking, biking, and camping opportunities that Colorado has to offer, Denver is often my metropolitan pitstop.
I grew up in the Midwest and my first adventure “out west” was to Colorado over ten years ago for a ski trip. The moment we drove through Denver, I knew my life had changed forever.
With the excitement and culture that comes from a big city and the Rocky Mountains in the background,
I quickly fell in love with Denver, and if you want to do some camping and site seeing via campervan rental, Denver is one of the best destinations in the USA
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Renting a Campervan in Denver vs staying in Airbnb or Hotels
Hotel costs are often thought of only in terms of the price of the room. In reality, staying in a hotel includes many hidden expenses.
The cost of Campervan rental is often less than or similar to hotel or Airbnb, but there are some huge advantages to Campervan rental.
Here’s a partial list of how renting a campervan to see Denver, CO can help you save
- Car rental fees plus fuel, or taxis and other public transit fees
- With a van rental, your home is your car
- Time and money spent going from your hotel to vacation activities, and back to your hotel
- Plan your campsites around your sightseeing for minimal drive time
- Paying a tour company to drive you to the sights, and going on their schedule
- You’re in control of the when and the where
- Time spent hassling with baggage, elevators, checking in/out…
- It’s all in the campervan and you can access it any time
- The cost (in time and money) of parking your rental car
- The cost of a campsite (between $15 and $30 per night) allows for all day/night parking
- The cost of extra beds (or worse, rooms!) for your family
- Rent a larger van for family outings, smaller for singles or couples
- The exorbitant cost of room service and eating in restaurants
- Cook in the van and save big on meal costs
So the decision to rent a camper van to see Denver instead of staying in a hotel goes far beyond the obvious adventures you’ll have, it’s just a brilliant financial choice.
Best Campervan Rentals in and around Denver, CO
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What is Denver famous for?
Denver is known as the Mile High City because it sits exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level.
Besides the altitude, it’s also famous for its food, beer, outdoor culture, and music scene.
There are endless options for fine dining, unique restaurants, and craft breweries all around the city.
Denver sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, so world-class skiing, hiking, and biking are all within a day’s drive of the city.
Red Rocks Amphitheater is also one of the most well-known Denver attractions, bringing huge artists from all over the world and delivering and outdoor concert experience unlike any other
Of course, Denver (and Colorado as a whole) is also famous for being a pioneer in legalizing recreational marijuana.
Is Denver expensive to visit?
As with most vacation spots, you can build a Denver trip to fit almost any budget.
If you’re looking to spend less money, you can rent a campervan to visit free attractions and explore the outdoors, stay cheap in the van and cook your own meals
Ski trips tend to be one of the most expensive vacations you can take, especially if you’re traveling as a family.
If you’re flying to Denver to ski, plan to spend money for ski lift tickets, rentals, and possibly lessons.
A trip to Denver can accommodate almost any budget though if you’re willing to travel within your means.
What should I see in Denver
There are interesting things to do in and around Denver for every kind of traveler.
For museum lovers, there are plenty of options from the Air and Space Museum to the Molly Brown House Museum.
Art enthusiasts will enjoy the art districts around Denver, offering many opportunities for art, good food, and local music.
Denver also has several major sports teams so depending on what time of year you visit, you can catch a game downtown.
If you’ve planned ahead, seeing a concert at Red Rocks is a bucket list item for most people, but tickets often sell out early.
A visit to Denver isn’t complete without experiencing some of its outdoor opportunities. There are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails near Denver.
If you’re looking for a bigger adventure, you can attempt to hike one of Colorado’s 58 “fourteeners,” which is a mountain peak over 14,000 feet.
These aren’t for beginner hikers though and altitude sickness is a very real risk for anyone visiting from sea-level.
What’s the best time of year to visit Denver?
The “shoulder season,” is the best time of year to visit Denver. This is in the spring or fall when city temperatures are the most pleasant.
There are also fewer tourists during these months, which means camping and lodging is not only cheaper but also easier to acquire.
If you’re coming to Denver for outdoor opportunities though, you may want to plan your trip in the summer or the winter, as the “shoulder season” can also be known as the “mud season.”
But when traveling by campervan rental, Denver is great all year ’round because of all the advantages that vans offer.
Where to camp near Denver
Colorado is home to endless camping locations across the state, but there are several easy options not too far from Denver.
Whether you’re looking for a nearby state park, National Forest, or backpacking trail, they can all be found within a few hours of the city.
- Reserve a spot at a CO State campground via Colorado Parks and Wildlife
- Plenty of camping on Forest Service land near Denver. Check out the US Forest Service site for details
- The Uncover Colorado site has some great options for camping
- Fitt.co offers some great public and private suggestions for camping near Denver
Getting to Denver
Denver International Airport is a major hub airport, so getting to Denver by airplane is easy and your best option from most cities across the US.