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Free Trip Planner for Colorado National Parks

Free Colorado Parks Trip Planner

Our stuffed-full mailed packet is filled with maps, activities, national park information and more. Plan the Colorado vacation of a lifetime.

Explore Colorado National Parks

We love Colorado and exploring its national park sites with diverse and unexpected landscapes. Rocky Mountain National Park spans the Continental Divide with alpine lakes, the headwaters of the Colorado River and dozens of mountain peaks. Mesa Verde National Park showcases human history at ancient cliff dwellings from 1,400 years ago. Sled or hike a spectacular array of dunes trapped by mountains at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and watch birds take a deep dive between the vertical canyon walls of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We invite you to travel the depths of Colorado and discover your own place of adventure.

Longs Peak, the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Drive up Trail Ridge Road and you'll spot Longs Peak in the distance. Down in Rocky's meadows, watch the park's most crowd-drawing wildlife, herds of elk.

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park.

Mesa Verde National Park

Described as the pyramids of North America, the ancient ruins at Mesa Verde hold the early stories of our nation from 1,400 years ago.

Sunset of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Is this south central Colorado or the Sahara? It’s not always easy to tell at this unique park where the continent’s tallest sand dunes join the rugged Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Independence Monument and the Book Cliffs in Colorado National Monument, with the town of Fruita in the background

Colorado National Monument

Cruise Rim Rock Drive for a striking upper level view of canyons filled with pillars. Along the road, stop at 19 overlooks and 14 trailheads.

The sun sets over Echo Park's Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument.

Dinosaur National Monument

Two visitor centers, one in Colorado and one in Utah have interactive displays. One leads to the wall of bones. Raft the Yampa River past the iconic Steamboat Rock.

I Wonder...

Which side of Rocky Mountain National Park should I visit?

Rocky Mountain National Park has four entrance stations – three on the east side near Estes Park and one on the quieter west side near Grand Lake. Find out what’s special about each entrance. Trail Ridge Road, a seasonal road, connects the two sides of the park and is the most scenic and popular road in the park.

Most people drive to the park. Check out our road trip ideas. If you fly, the nearest international airport is Denver (DIA). You can also take a passenger train close to the west entrance and complete your journey via taxi. Once you get to the park, you will need a car, tour transportation, bike, or park shuttle to get around.

Although there are no lodges inside the park, there are several campgrounds. In the gateway towns, you will find many lodging options including hotels, cabins, and campgrounds.

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Hotels and Cabins

Visitors to Rocky Mountain and Colorado's other national parks will find a large variety of hotels and motels to choose from to fit every need and budget.

RMNP is known for its many waterfalls and lakes. Bear, Lily, and Sprague lakes on the east side are the easiest lakes to visit with parking lots and level trails circling the shores. Visit the many overlooks on Trail Ridge Road for mountain views including the tallest, Longs Peak. Look in the meadows early in the morning or at dusk for large herds of elk, or on the west side wetlands, for moose.

Hiking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, and scenic drives are the main activities here. See our list of the top ten things to do in the park and beyond. Are you prepared for high altitude weather? Be careful of afternoon thunderstorms.

Rocky Mountain Park Hiking

Best Hiking Trails

Colorado is a hiker’s playground. Even summit one—or all—of Colorado’s 54 14,000-foot peaks. The journey may be painful, but the views are unprecedented.