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Winner of the Colorado Road Trip Vacation

Congratulations to our 2021 Winner: Paul Silva from Denver, Colo. See previous winners at the bottom of this page.

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This trip takes you from guided hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park to sandboarding the drifts in Great Sand Dunes National Park. On the way, stop at hot springs, lakes and river rafting spots. Enter Dec 17, 2020 through Feb 23, 2021.

Here’s the Trip We Planned for You!

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Note: Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is open June through October weather permitting, making a shorter drive from Estes Park to River Run RV Resort. Check road conditions before traveling.

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Contest prizes from NatGeo Maps and Books
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The winner will get inspired for their road trip with the beautiful coffee table book: Atlas of National Parks by NatGeo Books. Including stunning photos, histories and information about 59 of America’s national parks. The winner will also receive detailed waterproof and tear-resistant NatGeo trail maps and the NatGeo Guide to National Parks.

Start: Denver

Fly into the Denver International Airport. Or, if you are driving from home, head for your first stop: Morgan County

Small-Town Charm and an Idyllic Lake in Morgan County

"Deer in the prairie grass in Morgan County"
Photo: Courtesy Morgan County
Pelican landing on Jackson Lake in Morgan County
Pelican landing on Jackson Lake Courtesy Morgan County
  • Stay two nights in Fort Morgan at the Best Western Plus Overland Inn. Don’t forget to eat your complimentary full breakfast at the hotel in the morning before you head out to explore.
  • Use your two free passes to Jackson Lake State Park and go on an interpretive nature hike or relax on its sandy beaches. The lake has been ranked one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by Reserve America. Keep your eye out for park wildlife including pelicans, eagles, hawks, heron, deer, coyote, turkeys, waterfowl and numerous shore birds.
  • Visit the Jackson Lake State Park Visitor Center with your $50 gift certificate. The store sells gifts and books including an assortment of cookbooks.
  • Both nights, head to one of Morgan County’s restaurants for complimentary dinner for two.
  • View more information at www.morgancountytourism.com

5-Day All-Inclusive Guided Hiking Vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park

"View from Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park"
View from Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park Photo: Courtesy Wildland Trekking
Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park
Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park Photo courtesy of Wildland Trekking
  • Spend 5 days hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with an expert guide from Wildland Trekking. Experience all of the diversity the park has to offer – pristine mountain lakes, high peaks and alpine glaciers, bighorn sheep and elk.
  • Stay four nights at a premier lodge in Estes Park, minutes from the national park.
  • All meals from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day are included with your vacation.
  • You’re even provided with top-of-the-line daypacks and hiking poles to use.
  • See the trip dates available on the official rules.
  • View more information at wildlandtrekking.com/trips/best-of-rocky-mountain-hiking-tour/

Relax at River Run Resort

Outdoor pool and hot tubs at River Run RV Resort near Granby, Colorado
Outdoor pool and hot tubs at River Run RV Resort Courtesy of Sun RV Resorts/River Run
Cabin at River Run RV Resort in Granby, Colorado
Cabin at River Run RV Resort Courtesy of Sun RV Resorts/River Run
  • Stay 3 nights in a vacation rental – your choice of Arrowhead, Foxtail or Bearclaw units with a 6-person maximum
  • Get a free golf cart rental during your stay
  • Spend your $50 voucher at an on-site restaurant
  • View more information at www.sunrvresorts.com/river-run

Make a Splash in Chaffee County

Couple soaking in the creekside hot springs at Mt. Princeton Resort in Chaffee County
Couple soaking in the creekside hot springs at Mt. Princeton Resort Photo: Courtesy Chaffee County
River Runners rafting in Browns Canyon National Monument
River Runners rafting in Browns Canyon National Monument Photo by Catherine Eichel Photography courtesy of Chaffee County
  • Stay one night in a large cabin at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Soak in their hot springs on both check-in and check-out day.  (Based on availability, Sunday thru Thursday only) mtprinceton.com
  • Take a River Runners half-day whitewater rafting trip for two on the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument. Take in the impressive mountain and canyon scenery. You’ll see rock spires, hoodoos, and tall walls of granite on both sides. whitewater.net
  • View more information at ColorfulColorado.com

See the Unexpected in Alamosa, Gateway to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Elk at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Elk at Great Sand Dunes National Park Courtesy Alamosa
Girls sandboarding in Great Sand Dunes National Park
Girls sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park Courtesy Alamosa
  • Stay one night in Alamosa at Fairfield Inn & Suites. The hotel is just 43 minutes from the entrance to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
  • Stop by Kristy Mountain Sports in Alamosa to pick up your two free sandboard rentals before heading to the national park. A day pass to the park is included with the prize.
  • In the evening, enjoy dinner at Rubi Slipper with your $40 gift certificate.
  • View more information about the national park and things to do in Alamosa at Alamosa.org

End: Denver

Head back to the airport or begin your drive home.

Enter to Win | Official Rules and Prizes

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2020 winner: Rachel Raimondi from Peekskill, New York

2019 Winner: Robert Tribble from Jacksonville Florida

2018 Winner: LouAnn McGraw from Castle Rock, Colorado