4 days in Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

4 days in Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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4 days in Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  3 h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Denver

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass and then look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary site .

Denver to Aspen is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 60°F and lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the next day, hike along Emerald Lake Trail and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip tool .

Drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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