When you're ready to trade your coat for your swimsuit, a Denver to San Antonio road trip may be what you're looking for. You can find many exciting state parks to visit along the way like Lake Pueblo State Park in Colorado and Sugarite Canyon State Park in New Mexico. Although it requires a bit more of a drive, consider stopping at Pecos National Historic Park to learn more about the people calling the Pecos Valley home throughout history. You may also want to take in the fantastic scenery at White Sands National Park. You won't want to miss visiting Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and you may want to time your trip to allow for a showing at the park's theater.
Pecos National Historical Park
While many may think of the settlers living near Pecos, New Mexico, as the first people to move west, the truth is that humans have lived in New Mexico for thousands of years. Learn more about their lifestyle by visiting Pecos National Historical Park. This site also played an important role during the Civil War, and you can learn all the details on a guided ranger walk. You can also go on many hikes on your own at this park. The Pecos River is great for fishing, but be sure to make reservations.
White Sands National Park
White Sands National Park near Holloman, New Mexico, contains the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. Going on guided tours with park rangers is a great way to learn about this location. You can also bike along the hard-packed gypsum sand road or go hiking along several trails. Make sure to bring your camera along when visiting this national park so that you can capture images of this unique landscape. Take time to tour the native plant garden before getting back to your Denver to San Antonio RV road trip.
Lake Pueblo State Park
As you head south on your road trip from Denver to San Antonio, one stop that you'll surely want to include is Lake Pueblo State Park near Pueblo, Colorado. You can go fishing on the 4,600-acre lake from its 60 miles of shoreline. You can also use the boat ramp to launch your vessel onto its surface. This lake is a favorite among sailors and water skiers. There are many neat places to go hiking under 200-year-old Juniper trees at this park. As you settle down around a campfire at night, you'll enjoy the stunning views of the Greenhorn and Vet mountain ranges.
Sugarite Canyon State Park
Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton, New Mexico, is a fabulous place to play on two scenic lakes. You can also go hiking while keeping an eye out for wild turkeys, mule deer, bears and other wildlife along the trails. Consider hiking to the old coal camp's remains, where the state has installed interpretative signs to help you learn more. This park’s rugged terrain is a great place to go mountain biking. Four corrals are available for horses, and you can enjoy riding along most of this park’s trails. If you're looking for a great winter spot to add to your road trip itinerary from Denver to San Antonio, this is a great option because they offer cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing.
Palo Duro State Park
Take a seat in the natural amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park to watch a production of TEXAS Outdoor Music. This park near Canyon, Texas, contains the second-largest canyon in the United States. Hike along 30 miles of trails running through this canyon or go horseback riding on 1,500 acres that have been set aside just for horses. There is a stable, so you don't need to bring your own horse. You may also want to ride your bike along the miles of trails.
Lake Colorado City State Park
If you love to play on the water, a stop at Lake Colorado City State Park near Colorado City, Texas, is a must. The 1,618-acre impoundment of Morgan Creek is a fantastic place to go fishing for largemouth bass and catfish. Take a swim in the lake. This place is also an outstanding option for canoers since it offers several inlets to explore. Go on a hike to look for birds as over 300 species have been spotted at this park.
Guadalupe River State Park
Guadalupe River State Park near Boerne, Texas, is an awesome place to go tubing. With over 4 miles of river frontage available, it's easy to get on the water, and many nearby vendors will be glad to rent you a tube and provide shuttle services. The Guadalupe River is also a great place to go swimming, especially in the summer. Anglers often catch their limit of trout while fly fishing at this park.
You'll want to catch one of the star shows at the Chamberlin Observatory, located just south of Denver. These shows, held in the observatory, open with a presentation where you can ask all types of questions about the night sky, and organizers design them for the whole family. Then, if the skies are clear, look at the moon, stars and planets through the 28-foot long, 20-inch aperture Alvan Clark-Saegmuller refracting telescope.
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Make time for a stop at the Capulin Volcano National Monument near Des Moines, New Mexico. Consider driving the 2-mile-long road to the volcano’s rim. Then, go on the 1-mile hike around the rim or complete the short hike into the volcano. On Saturday nights in the summer and at other times throughout the year, stargazing parties are held at this monument that has been given a gold star by the International Dark Sky Association.
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum
Walk around the outside of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum to see bronze walls dedicated to horses and horsemen who have helped to shape the quarter horse industry along with larger-than-life bronze horse statues. Then, head inside the Great Hall to learn more about them through interactive exhibits. Children will have a blast learning with the education gallery. Watch filmed highlights from different events featuring the quarter horse.
National Ranching Heritage Center
The National Ranching Heritage Center near Lubbock, Texas, is divided into four parts. Check out the 49 historical structures that have been moved to this park to see how people lived on farms from about 1780 to 1950. Then, head inside the DeVitt Mallet Museum to see western art, antique spurs and a large gun collection. An important part of the museum reveals how ranchers developed different cattle breeds, and students can take fun quizzes to make sure they remember the most important details. Nineteen cow sculptures have been carefully placed in the J.J. Gibson Park to resemble how they would appear on a cattle drive.
National Museum of the Pacific War
Immerse yourself in Pacific War history by stopping at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. Head to the Admiral Nimitz Gallery to see interactive exhibits about his life and career as he was the lead commander over the Pacific region during the war. Then, visit the George H. W. Bush Gallery to see a compelling presentation combining elements of life on the home front with soldier’s stories during the war. Finally, head outside to the Plaza of Presidents to learn more about the presidents who served in the war or who were President during World War II.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Explore the Garden of the Gods or drive up Pike’s Peak while staying in Colorado Springs, Colorado, campgrounds. The centrally located Goldfield RV Park may be a great option, but you can also consider Pikes Peak RV Park. Mountaindale Campgrounds & Cabins and Golden Eagle Campground offer Colorado Springs RV dump stations.
You may want to visit the Cadillac Ranch or try to eat the 72-ounce steak in an hour at the Big Texan Steak Ranch when visiting Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo campground options include Palo Duro Rim RV Campground and Amarillo Ranch RV Park. You can find Amarillo RV dump stations at Fort Amarillo RV Resort and Amarillo KOA Campground.
You'll start to notice red and black everywhere as you approach Lubbock, Texas, because it's the home of Texas Tech University. There are many things to do in Lubbock, including catching a game and seeing the Buddy Holly Monument. Lubbock campground options include Lubbock RV Park and Almost There RV Park. Camelot Village RV & Motorhome Park and Chisum Travel Center offer Lubbock RV dump stations.
You can learn a lot about people from both the past and present on this adventure when you put these stops on your road trip itinerary from Denver to San Antonio. You'll also see some stunning scenery and get to pursue many extraordinary activities. Start your adventure in your RV today. You can easily rent one on RVshare in Denver or in San Antonio if you wish to make the trip in reverse.