Spend your first day of this incredible 1,300-mile, round-trip route in the Mile High City, checking out the art and food scene before heading north from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park.
In the park, take Trail Ridge Road, the country’s highest paved road, over the Continental Divide. From there explore the classic Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo., giving you easy access to the scenic route through the Snowy Range Mountains. Afterwards, stop in Saratoga, Wyo., for a dip in hot springs. From there, visit wild horses in Lander, Wyo., before reaching Jackson, Wyo., and Grand Teton National Park.
Head north to explore Yellowstone before driving south to Fossil Butte National Monument, Flaming Gorge, Vernal, Craig, and Dinosaur National Monument on your return to Denver.
Start: Denver, Colorado
From fine art to trendy restaurants, use your feet to explore Denver. Enjoy a Rockies game, hike, visit the Denver Art Musuem, and see the zoo. Read more on our sister website at www.mycoloradoparks.com/road-trips/denver-co
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
48-Hours in Rocky Mountain National Park
Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by following our itinerary covering both sides of the park. Read more on our sister website at www.mycoloradoparks.com/national-parks/weekend-itinerary
Laramie and Carbon Country in Southeast Wyoming
Locals in Laramie
Here’s where to go and why from three enterprising locals, Rebecca Walsh, owner of Basecamp, Jennifer Small, owner of Golden Prairie Bakery and Kari Kilmer, manager of Vee Bar Guest Ranch.
One hundred and 50 years ago, a Laramie resident became the first female to cast a vote. Stop in Laramie to learn about her legacy, stay at a guest ranch and eat the best cinnamon roll ever.
Power to the People
Discover a string of towns woven together by ranching, coal, oil and a growing wind turbine industry. Stop at some of these small-town attractions.
Find Your Inner Cowboy
Want to get away from it all on your Yellowstone vacation? Make reservations at one of the the West’s top dude ranches and guest ranches. You find four ranches in the Laramie-Carbon County area, one in Lander and a dozen near Jackson along this road trip route.
Wind River, Wyoming
Home Off the Range
Spend a couple spectacular hours with wild horses and learn about Native American culture at the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary.
Riverton’s Holiday Inn and QT’s Restaurant
Sleep in the heart of the Wind River Indian Reservation and enjoy the indoor Fundome with an indoor pool, exercise room, QT’s Restaurant and Bottoms Up Lounge.
Saddle Up in Jackson
Just 15 minutes from Grand Teton National Park and two hours from Yellowstone, Jackson is a great stop if you’re looking for an old West town with a touch of class and a lot of fun.
Fun on the Water with Barker-Ewing, Mad River, Solitude Float Trips and Grand Teton Lodge Co.
With temperatures reaching new highs, figuring out how to stay cool is key to enjoying your summer. Enjoy adventures in Jackson and nearby Grand Teton National Park.
6 Big Adventures at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Right next to Grand Teton National Park, spend a day on the new Via Ferrata assisted climbing course, riding the tram, tackling the ropes course or biking and hiking downhill.
Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole
With four Jackson locations and over 400 rooms and cabins, the Town Square Inns have more options to meet your style and budget than any other area hotelier.
Elk Country Inn
Cowboy Village Cabins and Lodge
49er Inn and Suites
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone’s Sister Park, Grand Teton
Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park with Yellowstone.
48 Hours in Grand Teton National Park
Here are some of our favorite things to do in Grand Teton from amazing hiking trails to scenic boat rides and the best huckleberry milkshake ever.
3 Roadside Stops in Grand Teton National Park
From historic homesteads to breathtaking river valleys, here are our top stops for a fantastic scenic drive plus road-trip advice from Nokian Tyres.
8 Best Places to Eat and Sleep in Grand Teton National Park
It’s easy to get distracted by the park’s world-class views, but don’t miss these places at Grand Teton Lodge and Jackson Lake to eat and sleep.
GyPSy Guide’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton Tour App
Download the Yellowstone narrated driving tour app that’s like having a tour guide in your car. GyPSy Guide automatically plays interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.
Yellowstone National Park
Enter the south entrance.
48 Hours in Yellowstone
Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by visiting some of our favorite spots in the park including wildlife watching, dining at historic lodges and see geysers erupt.
Top 5 Vistas in Yellowstone National Park
If you want to feel on top of the world, here are 5 views you must see including Artist Point, Lamar Valley, and the Yellowstone River cutting thru lava spires.
Fun on the Water in Yellowstone National Park
Leave dry land behind to explore the rivers and lakes of Yellowstone. Go paddling, fishing, boating, or take a boat cruise tour in the national park.
Exit the south entrance.
Wyoming’s Fossil Basin
Lost in Time
Explore a 52-million-year-old graveyard that preserves an ancient underwater world of fish, turtles, crocodiles, insects, mammals, birds, and leaves.
Flaming Gorge, Utah
Desert Oasis in Flaming Gorge Country
Take a break from the desert heat by jumping in the sparkling water at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and spend several days exploring this 91-mile-long reservoir.
Dinosaur National Monument, Utah/Colorado
Vernal’s Hidden Gems
This year, on the 150th anniversary of the John Wesley Powell expedition to explore the Colorado and Green rivers, see ancient Native American rock art of animal-like figures, abstract designs and human-like figures whose meaning is still a mystery. You’ll also find unmistakable dinosaur bones embedded in the monument’s sandstone walls.
A Jurassic Journey through Moffat County
See wild horses and the eastern side of Dinosaur National Monument near Craig, Colo., on the way back to Denver.