Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

6 Best Road Trips

Denver, Colorado to Yellowstone Road Trip

Explore three national parks and one national monument on this breathtaking, 1,300-mile road trip that starts in Denver.

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 continuously paved road, over the Continental Divide. From there explore 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, drive to Jackson, Wyo., and Grand Teton National Park where you’ll find unparalleled scenery and a lively town with great food, nightlife and daytime activities. 

Head north to explore Yellowstone before driving south to the uncrowded Fossil Butte National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Dinosaur National Monument with entrances in Vernal, Utah, and Dinosaur. Colo. Afterwards, head east back to Denver.

Download Trip PDF 19MB

Map

Start: Denver, Colorado

Union Station in Denver, Colo.
Union Station in Denver, Colo.Shutterstock

Mile-High Fun
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

Sunrise at Sprague Lake on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park
Sunrise at Sprague Lake on the east side of Rocky Mountain National ParkDeposit Photos

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

Rebecca Walsh, Owner of Basecamp outdoor store in Laramie, Wyo.
Rebecca Walsh, Owner of Basecamp outdoor store in Laramie, Wyo.Photo by Lori Roberts courtesy of Basecamp

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.

Laramie’s Top 6
Escape the crowds by taking the scenic route to Yellowstone. Located on the edge of the Snowy Mountain Range, Laramie has a ton of outdoor and cultural attractions for travelers from great microbrews to uncrowded alpine hikes. Here are the top things to do.

Hobo Hot Springs Pool in Saratoga, Carbon County
Hobo Hot Springs Pool in Saratoga Photo: Carbon County Visitors’ Council

Small Wyoming Towns and Open Spaces in Carbon County
In southern Wyoming, you’ll discover a string of towns woven together by hot springs, ranching, coal, oil and a growing wind turbine industry. Break up your drive to Yellowstone by stopping at some of these attractions.

Connect with Nature at a Dude Ranch
Experience cowboy life firsthand. 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

Herd of horses at Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary
Herd of horses at Wind River Wild Horse SanctuaryTori Peglar

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.

Dubois, Wyoming

Bighorn rams butting heads in Yellowstone
Bighorn rams butting heads Photo: Dee Elliott

Escape to Dubois, Where the Largest Herd of Bighorn Roam
What rhymes with “cowboys” and has been named “best escape in Wyoming” by Expedia? The small, scenic town of Dubois, just 90 miles from Yellowstone and worlds away from the crowds.

National Bighorn Sheep Center
You can see wild sheep year-round at Whiskey Basin. Visit the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois.

Jackson, Wyoming

Downtown Jackson, Wyoming, with its Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and a town square cornered with antler arches
Downtown Jackson, Wyoming, with its Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and a town square cornered with antler archesCourtesy of Visit Jackson Hole

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.

Barker-Ewing rafting on the Snake River in Jackson Hole.
Barker-Ewing rafting on the Snake RiverCourtesy Barker Ewing

Fun on the Snake River and Grand Teton Lakes
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.

Barker Ewing by Jackson Hole Whitewater
Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips
Mad River Boat Trips
Solitude Float Trips
Grand Teton Lodge Company

The Bridger Gondola passes over the downhill mountain bike park at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
The Bridger Gondola passes over the downhill mountain bike park at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Photo: Courtesy Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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 gondola, tackling the ropes course or biking and hiking downhill.

The Treetop Adventure Course at Snow King Mountain Resort with views of Grand Teton National Park
The Treetop Adventure Course at Snow King Mountain Resort with views of Grand Teton National Park (Photo: by New Thought Media courtesy of Snow King Mountain Resort)

Head to Snow King Mountain Resort for Family Fun
Jackson, Wyo.’s best-kept secret offers a ton of activities for all ages, plus bike and SUP rentals.

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
Antler Inn
Cowboy Village Cabins and Lodge
49er Inn and Suites

Grand Teton National Park

Schwabacher's Landing in Grand Teton National Park
Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National ParkDollar Photo

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.

John Moulton's barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.
John Moulton’s barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National ParkDepositphotos

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.

Luxury meal in the park with Great Western Expeditions
Luxury meal in the park. Photo: Courtesy Great Western Expeditions

A Level Up with Great Western Expeditions
Tour Yellowstone and Grand Teton with Great Western Expeditions for a touch of luxury. It’s not just another Jackson, Wyo., tour company. Family-owned and operated, the staff has taken national park touring to the next level.

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.

3-Day Eco-Friendly Vacation Itinerary for Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Want tips on how to be a sustainable traveler? We’ve put together ideas for a three-day vacation.

Yellowstone National Park

Enter the south entrance.

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight
Yellowstone’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful at TwilightiStock

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.

Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.Deposit Photos

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.

Boat tour on Lake Yellowstone
Boat tour on Lake YellowstoneNPS Public Domain

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

Hunting for fossils at a private quarry near Fossil Basin
Hunting for fossils at a private quarry near Fossil Basin Photo: by Tobey Schmidt courtesy of Herrmann Global

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. Visit a private fossil quarry to hunt for your own fossils.

Flaming Gorge, Utah

Paddleboarding on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Paddleboarding on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir Photo: Courtesy Flaming Gorge Chamber

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

Kids investigating bones with a ranger at Dinosaur National Monument
Kids investigating bones with a ranger at Dinosaur National MonumentPhoto courtesy Uintah County Travel & Tourism

The dinosaur bones at this park straddling northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah would be reason enough to stop here. The quarry displays the remains of Allosaurus, Diplodocus and Stegasaurus, among other dinosaurs. But the monument also has excellent river rafting, hiking and ancient rock art panels. Two visitor centers, one in Colorado and one in Utah, each have interactive displays. See the wall of bones at the Quarry Exhibit Hall and raft the Yampa River past the iconic formations such as Steamboat Rock.

OARS Rafting Trip at Gates of Ladore in Dinosaur National Monument
Many Dinosaur rafting trip outfitters pickup in Vernal, Utah. Photo: by OARS courtesy of Uintah County Travel & Tourism

Vernal’s Hidden Gems
Looking to avoid the crowds and see one of the country’s most spectacular national monuments? You’ll dig ancient animal history in Vernal, Utah, located close to Dinosaur National Monument

Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument
Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National MonumentiStock Photo

A Jurassic Journey through Moffat County
See wild horses, hundreds of elk and the eastern side of Dinosaur National Monument near Craig, Colo., on the way back to Denver.

End: Denver