6 days in Aspen, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

6 days in Aspen, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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6 days in Aspen, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Independence Pass. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

Minneapolis to Aspen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Aspen, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 3rd (Wed), stroll through Mosca Pass Trail and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aspen to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Outdoors Trails Parks
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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.
On the 4th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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