6 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Las Cruces Itinerary

6 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Las Cruces Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planner.

New Orleans to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Denver: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 17°F. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook
Milner Pass
Milner Pass

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Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, then take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, and finally look for gifts at Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Cruces trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Las Cruces in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December; daily highs in Las Cruces reach 57°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum ©
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

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