8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

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8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Peak, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Newark to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in May, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Nature
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Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Divide (Horsethief Falls & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Divide, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Cherry Creek State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Castle Rock (Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail, & more). There's much more to do: get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, River Rafting & Tubing, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
River Rafting & Tubing
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

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