11 days in Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

11 days in Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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Aspen
— 7 nights
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights

7
nights
Aspen

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Crater Lake Trail. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Zipline (in Glenwood Springs) and Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale). There's much more to do: hike along Grottos Trail, stroll through Cathedral Lake Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Aspen. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Snowmass Village Hiking Trails, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Emerald Lake Trail and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tundra Communities Trail and North Inlet Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, get great views at Milner Pass, explore the activities along Lake Irene, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls.

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Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Aspen in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Tundra Communities Trail ©
Tundra Communities Trail

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