8 days in Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

8 days in Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Denver

4
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.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cherry Creek State Park and Mount Falcon Castle Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House (in Breckenridge) and Cub Lake Trail (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Clyfford Still Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, Mount Falcon Castle Trail, Cub Lake Trail, Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Clyfford Still Museum ©
Clyfford Still Museum
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©

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.
Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and Estes Park Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Alluvial Fan and Many Parks Curve Overlook. There's more to do: stroll through Tundra Communities Trail and trek along Lily Lake Trailhead.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Estes Park Museum ©
Estes Park Museum

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