When John Denver wrote the song Rocky Mountain High in Colorado forty-five years ago, he wasn’t predicting the legalization of cannabis. No, he was sharing the euphoria of being elevated in the mountains and the beauty they offer.
Many across the country have been suffering through an extended heat wave. Red Flag warnings, air quality alerts, and excessive heat warnings have dominated the national maps on most weather websites.
How does an RVer escape the heat when all the popular campgrounds and RV parks with hookups to run the AC are booked up for the summer? Well for those states with significant mountain ranges, especially in the west, take a cue from John Denver and find your own mountain high!
You may recall from a long-ago school lesson that for every thousand feet of elevation gained the temperature will be approximately 3.5° F cooler. Example: Your home is located at an elevation of 1,000 ft with a predicted high temperature of 90°, you load up your RV and drive up to a stream in the mountains at 5,000 ft (4,000 ft higher than your home), upon arriving you should expect to enjoy a high temperature of 76° ( 3.5° X 4 – increments of 1,000 ft = 14° cooler).
If there are no available campgrounds in the mountains near you, consider finding a boondocking spot to enjoy within the boundaries of a national forest. Typically forest service roads that run along mountain streams offer numerous boondocking opportunities.
If you can’t get high enough in the mountains to find a daytime temperature that is cool enough for your liking, hike to a still higher mountain peak or alpine lake to enjoy lower temperatures and the scenery, and return to your RV in the evening after the temperatures drop.
And oh, don’t forget to take some friends with you, as John Denver sang about, “friends around the campfire and everybody’s high.”
Enjoying the coolness of a mountain high—just another great adventure in RVing!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.