Adventurous Trips for the RVer - Driving West

Adventurous Trips for the RVer - Driving West

If you're in the mood for some serious RV trip planning, we have an itinerary you won't want to pass up. Visit three (or four!) stunning states on one of the best RV trips of all.

Southern Colorado

Begin your trip in Durango, Colorado, where you can take advantage of a number of exhilarating activities. Use this as your home base for rock climbing, zip-lining, white-water rafting, horseback riding, and exploring the ruins at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. When you've had your fill of excitement, book a day trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Spring for a seat in the Alamosa Parlor Car, built in 1881, where you can enjoy an adult beverage as you gaze on astonishing scenic views of mountains and the Animas River you can't see from the road. 

Side Trip: New Mexico

If you'd like to add one more state to your trip, just a short drive from Durango is the Four Corners Monument, where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona all meet on the Navajo Nation. Make a stop here to learn about Navajo culture and browse wares from local Navajo vendors. About a 40-minute drive from Four Corners is the famous Ship Rock in New Mexico, which is worth a stop for photos if you have the time.


Leaving Durango or the Four Corners area, head west through the desert of Utah. Plan your route with care here, as the roads are few and towns, gas stations, and other services are fewer. It's best to carry extra gas and plenty of food with you as you venture into this sparse, wild terrain, but you'll be rewarded with stunning desert colors and perhaps a surprising view of the Colorado River, depending on your route. Pass through Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks before heading south to take a hike in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.


From southern Utah, cross into Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon, where you can expect breathtaking vistas for miles. Take a guided hike, ride a mule into the canyon, or ride the Grand Canyon Railway for extraordinary views. Set up camp at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park and stick around for a while to get the best photo opportunities: watch the sun rise or set over the canyon and bask in this spectacular end to your trip before turning your new or used RV homeward.