28 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

28 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Aspen
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Mesa Verde National Park
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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.
Family-friendly places like Emerald Lake Trail and Bierstadt Lake will thrill your kids. Visiting Ouzel Falls and Cub Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Grand Lake (Grand Lake Nordic Center, Winding River Resort Stables, &more), Laramie River Dude Ranch (in Jelm) and Ward (Lake Isabelle & Brainard Lake Recreation Area). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, and take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Rocky Mountain National Park. In October in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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Aspen

Aspen ©

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, then grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through West Maroon Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Independence Ghost Town.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen holiday planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November; daily highs in Aspen reach 47°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
West Maroon Trail ©
West Maroon Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Long House and Ruins Road. Take a break from the city and head to Prater Ridge Trail and Square Tower House. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Step House, trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, stroll through Point Lookout Trail, and explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park journey planning website.

Getting from Aspen to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
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Step House ©
Step House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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