16 days in Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

16 days in Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Des Plaines
Drive:  15​h 45​min
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 13 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Des Plaines

13
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Winding River Resort Stables. Step out of the city life by going to Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway and Ouzel Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Rocky Mountain National Park side-trips: Brainard Lake Recreation Area (in Ward), Granby (Granby Library, High Country Trails, & more) and St Mary's Glacier (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Mills Lake, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planning website .

Des Plaines to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Plaines to Rocky Mountain National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Des Plaines in July, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be slightly colder, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Granby, Kremmling, Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables
High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails

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