2020 National Parks Trip – Day 2 Itinerary


Rocky Mountain NP

My 2020 National Parks Road Trip Itinerary

As I began to plan my 2020 National Parks Road Trip that I outlined for you a few weeks back, I began to realize how beneficial it might be for me to share the process I use to plan long road trips.  Believe it or not, even though they don’t include air travel or the other complexities associated with fly-and-stay travel, road trips can be surprisingly difficult to plan.  This is especially true during a global pandemic.  That is why I have chosen to share my detailed road trip itinerary and planning process with you in case it might help you in navigating the planning process for your next big road trip.  I have included links to each day’s itinerary plan, as well as the main itinerary article, below to assist you with navigation.


Day’s Driving Map

Summer Parks Trip - Day 2 Driving Map

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Day’s Itinerary

  • Drive from a campground near Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park
  • See Rocky Mountain National Park (Timed Entrance 10:00am)
  • Drive to Campground near Grays Peak Trailhead

What to See

Most of the day will be spent touring Rocky Mountain National Park.  I have included a map and some notes on what to see inside the park below.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Preview Map

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Things to see in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Things to See

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Top Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail NameDifficultyDistanceEstimated Time
Emerald Lake TrailModerate3.1 miles1hr 45min
Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge TrailDifficult8.1 miles4hrs 30min
The Loch Lake TrailModerate5.4 miles2hrs 30min
Gem Lake TrailModerate3.4 miles2hrs
Chasm Lake TrailDifficult9.4 miles5hrs 30min
Dream Lake TrailEasy2 miles1hr
Alberta Falls TrailEasy1.6 miles45min
Deer Mountain TrailModerate6 miles3hrs 15min
Twin Sisters Peak TrailDifficult7.5 miles4hrs 45min
Bear Lake Nature TrailEasy0.7 miles20min

Easy Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail NameDifficultyDistanceEstimated Time
Dream Lake TrailEasy2 miles1hr
Alberta Falls TrailEasy1.6 miles45min
Bear Lake Nature TrailEasy0.7 miles20min
Glacier Gorge TrailEasy2.8 miles1hr 25min
Adams Falls TrailEasy0.7miles21min
Sprague Lake TrailEasy0.8miles23min
Cascade Falls TrailEasy7.4miles3hrs 30min
Nymph Lake TrailEasy1.2 miles40min
Lily Lake TrailEasy0.8 miles21min
Alluvial Fan TrailEasy0.7 miles25min

Where to Stay

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