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Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trips from Denver

Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trips from Denver

Rocky Mountain National Park has long been associated with America’s great outdoors.  Easy access from nearby cities plus wildlife—elk, moose, coyote, eagle, deer, black bear, and bighorn sheep sightings are possible—make it a popular destination. Here’s how to explore the offerings of this diverse natural habitat in the Rocky Mountains. 

Group Tours

Tours to the national park offer an immersive experience in the natural surroundings. Visit in any season to find sweeping views of Rocky Mountain peaks. Stops at the Alpine Visitors Center and Continental Divide are often included along with a lakeside picnic or cafe lunch. Expect to hear commentary on the region’s natural, cultural, and geologic history on coach or minivan tours. Moderately paced hiking tours for small groups are ideal for outdoorsy folks who prefer to hit the aspen-lined trails.

Private Tours

Ideal for couples, families, or groups of friends, private tours to the park provide a more flexible itinerary along with the undivided attention of a personal guide to show you the region. Enjoy the exclusivity of your own vehicle, which allows for better viewing and the opportunity to request photo stops without competing for elbow room.

Things to Know

  • Rocky Mountain National Park lies 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Denver. 
  • The journey is about a 1.5-hour drive from the Colorado capital, passing Boulder en route.
  • The Continental Divide and other points of interest reach upwards of 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) in elevation.
  • A guided tour lets someone else do the driving and leaves you hands-free for Instagramming the wildlife.
  • Day trips to the destination typically last eight hours, including travel time.
  • Most tours offer pickup and drop-off at Denver Union Station or a similar downtown location.
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Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver

Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver

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Get a feel for the real Colorado on this day trip from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park. Meet your tour guide and load into a comfortable and spacious air-conditioned vehicle. Pass through Boulder on the way to the park, admiring the beautiful brick campus of the University of Colorado's main campus. Once inside the park, look for mule deer, elk, and other wildlife, stretch your legs at a glacial lake, and take photos galore. Afterward, explore the quaint mountain village of Estes Park before heading back to Denver.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 129.00
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Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

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Discover the best of the Rocky Mountain National Park on a guided full-day tour. Park entrance, along with round-trip transportation from Denver or Boulder is conveniently included. Set at a moderate pace, the hike is perfect for people with some experience who also want to take time to appreciate the scenery. Stop for a complimentary packed lunch, which can be prepared to accommodate dietary restrictions.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 149.00
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Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour

Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour

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Explore the grand scenery of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s Wild West history on a small-group bus tour from Denver. Visit the famous natural amphitheatre at Red Rocks, and encounter descendants of America's last wild buffalo herd grazing in the foothills. Get panoramic views of Denver and the Front Range from atop Lookout Mountain, and pay tribute to one of the great showmen of the early West at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on this easy half-day escape.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 64.11
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Boulder Hike and Beer

Boulder Hike and Beer

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Experience the supersize scenery and Wild West history of the Rocky Mountain foothills on this small-group escape from Denver. First, head out on a hike to the Flatirons and take in the stunning views. Then, visit a local taproom for a complimentary drink from a selection of award-winning beers. Enjoy free time to stroll and browse independent stores on the funky, pedestrian Pearl Street Mall.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 89.00
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Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

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Explore Colorado’s famous protected playground on a small-group tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Drive through the foothills into the unspoiled western wilderness, stopping in the resort town of Estes Park and the historic—and allegedly haunted—Stanley Hotel. Wintertime means stops at snow-ringed lakes, cozy mountain hideouts, and visitors’ centers, while summer allows access over the soaring Trail Ridge Road and other alpine vistas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 123.00
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Private Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver and Boulder

Private Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver and Boulder

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Be inspired by Colorado’s majestic scenery on this private, full-day tour from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park. Travel in a luxury SUV or van through historic mining and resort towns to reach the celebrated national park, known for its abundant wildlife and towering vistas. Customize your own itinerary, and make plenty of stops along the way to take pictures of alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks, spot wild critters like elk and moose, and explore peaceful hiking trails.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 689.00
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Sightseeing Adventure in the Rocky Mountains

Sightseeing Adventure in the Rocky Mountains

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Visit one of the United States’ most beautiful mountain ranges on this sightseeing adventure of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This escapade offers you a half-day and a full-day option to choose from. With either choice, customize your own itinerary, and journey to the Front Range for guided sightseeing of some of Colorado’s must-see spots.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 130.76
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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and Estes Park

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and Estes Park

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Experience autumn in the beautiful Rocky Mountains without the hassle of renting a car. Relax as you head through rugged Boulder Canyon and visit Boulder Falls. Witness the colorful aspen trees, Indian Peaks Wilderness, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Stroll around Lily Lake, and get a chance to observe native wildlife including herds of elk. Your small-group tour driver takes care of transportation and navigation.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 90.00
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Rocky Mountain Towns & Breweries (Small Group)

Rocky Mountain Towns & Breweries (Small Group)

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Step outside Colorado Springs without the hassle of driving or navigating on your own for an afternoon brewery tour. In the company of your guide, sit down with your small group for beer tastings in four historic towns often overlooked by visitors and locals alike. In addition to providing snacks, water, and historical background throughout the itinerary, your guide offers round–trip transport from a central Denver location.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 70.77
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