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Colorado National Parks

Colorado's Magnificence can't be truly experienced without seeing all four of it's National Parks.

While working through planning my travel to 50 states, it became evident that I missed out on some pretty amazing places. While I technically did visit the state, and it is checked off as complete, there are several areas I need to see when we can work them in to our plans.

One of the states is Colorado. I have visited and had wonderful experiences. I went to the quaint mountain town of Steamboat Springs, drove the windy switchback roads of the Rocky Mountains, took the gondala across the Royal Gorge, saw Redrock Amplitheater. I explored Denver, saw moose and longhorned sheep. And realized there is still much more in the glorious state.

Our trip back will hit the 4 Nationa Parks in Colorado.

We will fly into Denver , and make a loop around the sate, flying out of Denver back to Minnesota when our week is complete. We won't actually stay in Denver but it made the most sense based on drive times to and from desitnations.

Day 1: Arive in Denver, drive to Colorado Springs (1.5 hours driving)

  • Garden of the Gods

  • Pike's Peak

  • The Broadmoor Seven Falls

Day 2: Great Sand Dunes National park (2.5 hours driving)

  • Canyon City Skyling drive on way to park

  • Sand sledding

Day 3: Mesa Verde National Park (3.5 hours driving)

  • Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Road

  • Step House

Day 4: Drive to Montrose (3 hours driving)

  • Drive through San Juans

  • Telluride

  • Bridal Falls

Day 5: Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park

  • Drive Canyon Rim Roads

  • Enjoy short trails and overlooks

Day 6: Drive to Aspen (3 hour drive)

  • Maroon Bells

  • Silver Queen Gondola

Day 7: Drive to Estes Park (6 hours)

  • Visit Rocky Mountain town

Day 8: Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Visitor Center

  • Trail Ridge Rd

  • Alpine Ridge Trail

  • Bear Lake

  • Alberta Falls

  • Sprague Lake

  • Upper Beaver Meadows

  • Alluvial Fan

  • Storm Pass

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