7 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

7 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

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7 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  2​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Calypso Cascades, Mills Lake, Emerald Lake Trail, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Lake Haiyaha, explore the activities along Mills Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. April in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Downtown Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Cache La Poudre Wilderness.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner .

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 35°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Cache La Poudre Wilderness ©
Cache La Poudre Wilderness

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Genesee Park, and other attractions. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Boulder Creek Path in Boulder, approximately 32 minutes away.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in April: highs in Denver hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 34°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

St Mary's Glacier, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Boulder Creek Path
Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Genesee Park ©
Genesee Park

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