From mountains to lakes, grass-covered plains to plateaus, Colorado’s natural landscape makes it one of the best states to take a road trip in. Colorado car road trips are one of the safest travel options when you’re considering staying in line with social distancing and COVID-19 CDC precautions. 


What Should I Consider Before Going?

  1. Know where you are staying each night and tell a family member or friend where you are going. 

  2. Have an idea of the roads you want to take. Map it out and prepare for the journey. 

  3. Check your car and make sure it is serviced and ready to go.

  4. Have an emergency bag that includes a first aid kit, flashlight, a map, hazard triangle, food and water, and extra cash just in case. 

  5. Have fun! Living through a global pandemic has been difficult for all of us. Taking a road trip is a low-risk way to get out of your house while still staying safe and healthy. (Don’t forget to bring gloves and your face mask!)   


Where should I go?

One of the greatest road trips in America is any journey across the vast landscape of the Colorado Rockies. Here are 5 of the Best Road Trip Locations in Colorado that include these majestic mountains (no matter where you’re coming from). 


A Trip to Aspen Colorado

Aspen may be known for its winter skiing and snowboarding, but in the summer months, it turns into one of the most beautiful countrysides of America. Aspen welcomes outdoor adventurists, artists, writers, and musicians—or anyone looking to escape the concrete jungles of the big city. While Aspen is small in population (7,365 Residents), it is full of entertainment, events, arts, culture, history, and heritage. While the town is cozy with restaurants and entertainment, the real attraction during the summer is the mountains. Surrounding Aspen, there are over 30 hiking trails rich with the most beautiful peaks and views in the country (arguably, the world). If you have never been to Aspen Colorado, now is the time to go.


A Journey to Pagosa Springs

Just north of New Mexico lies one of the most beautiful secrets of the Rocky Mountains. Pagosa Springs is home to some of the world’s deepest hot springs (some say, they even carry healing powers). At over 1002 feet deep, the Mother Spring aquifer has been Guinness World Record Certified as, "The World's Deepest Hot Spring.” But Pagosa carries more than just natural hot spring water. Pagosa Springs also has an array of breathtaking waterfalls that are a must-see for any traveler. But it doesn’t end there—from breweries to restaurants, to arts and culture, Pagosa Springs is the kind of place you want to bring your entire family.


A Trek to Breckenridge

You haven’t seen Colorado until you’ve seen Breckenridge—and Breckenridge during the early summer months has endless activities for singles, families, couples, and more. With hundreds of miles of trails to get lost on, there are not enough days in the summer to fit it all in (much less, one road trip). If there was ever a time to make a trip to Breckenridge, now is the time to do it. 


A Voyage to Steamboat Springs

Steamboat is about more than just riding or skiing. From venues to activities, Steamboat offers an array of adventures year-round. Float the river during the summer (don’t forget to pack a cooler and sunscreen), get on a hot air balloon and take a picture you will never forget, or go white water rafting with a few friends (but don’t think you won’t get wet!). From hot springs to horseback riding, there is never a dull moment in Steamboat Springs. If you are traveling across Colorado during the summer, you have to add Steamboat Springs to the list. 


A Joy Ride to Mesa Verde

Mesa What? That’s right, Mesa Verde. Even if you don’t appreciate American history or culture, Mesa Verde is one of the most interesting parks in all of Colorado. Mesa Verde is one of the richest archeological zones in America and happens to be hidden in some of the grandest scenery in all of the Southwest. The pale cliffs and scrubby flats in and around Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park are right outside the town of Cortez where you can visit the nearby Crow Canyon Archeological Center and Hawkins Preserve. Plus, just outside Cortez, you can visit the Four Corners Monument where you can have one leg and arm in each of these four states: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona! 


What kind of car should I take?

Depending on the route, choosing the right car is important. Colorado is a place where the road demands a car that is safe, durable, eco-friendly, and efficient on gas mileage. VW's Atlas Cross Sport is the perfect vehicle for driving Colorado’s open road. With powerful towing capacity, 4MOTION Active Control, and it’s Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), VW’s Atlas Cross Sport is not only the car that will keep you safe––it will also take you over the mountain. 


There’s no better way to enjoy a road trip than behind the wheel of a brand new car. Stop in the Bob Penkhus showroom today (virtually or in person) to test drive one of the many new and used vehicles we have waiting for you. 


Stay safe and enjoy the journey. 


- Your friends at Bob Penkhus Volkswagen 

Bring your vehicle into any Bob Penkhus Service Department location and we’ll make sure your car is good to go for your long trip ahead!


At Bob Penkhus, the safety of you and your family is the highest priority for us. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want you to get out and enjoy a good drive. But in doing so, stay safe. Follow the regulations set by the CDC and all safe social distancing requirements. Don’t forget your face mask, hand sanitizer, and gloves (for when you get gas!).


Tips for Road Trip Responsibly Amid COVID-19: 

  • Always have 6ft of social distancing between you and those outside of your household.
  • Bring Lysol wipes and hand sanitizers. 
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Wipe down the car interior/exterior and any other surfaces you might encounter as you travel (i.e. rest stop door handles, park picnic tables, gas pumps). 
  • Wear masks in public (at gas stations, motels, hotels, restaurants, diners, etc.)
  • If you have a cough, fever, or symptoms of COVID-19, please call a doctor and do not travel until you’re symptom-free and fever-free for three days. 
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have knowingly come into close contact with someone who has, we ask that you do not leave home for 14 days or until you’ve tested negative for COVID-19. 
  • If you feel unwell or have any concerns about traveling, please stay home and stay safe. 
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