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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.

Main Itinerary Article
Day 1 – Driving to Colorado
Day 2 – Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 3 – Climbing Gray’s Peak
Day 4 – Visit The Great Sand Dunes National Park
Day 5 – Visit Mesa Verde NP and Canyon of the Ancients
Day 6 – Visit Canyonlands National Park
Day 7 – Explore Capitol Reef National Park
Day 8 – Drive to Great Basin National Park
Day 9 – Explore Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon
Day 10 – Explore Yellowstone National Park
Day 11 – Visit Little Bighorn and Badlands National Park
Day 12 – Drive Home

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

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Things to see in Rocky Mountain National Park:

Rocky Mountain National Park Things to See

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The Trail Ridge Road
Longs Peak Trailhead
Sprague Lake Trailhead
Glacier Gorge Trailhead
Bear Lake Trailhead
Horseshoe Park
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trailhead
Chapel on the Rock
Lily Lake
Adams Falls Trailhead
Forest Canyon Overlook
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Chasm Falls
Dream Lake Trailhead
Alberta Falls Trailhead
Bear Lake Nature Trail
Gem Lake Trailhead

Top Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Name Difficulty Distance Estimated Time
Emerald Lake Trail Moderate 3.1 miles 1hr 45min
Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail Difficult 8.1 miles 4hrs 30min
The Loch Lake Trail Moderate 5.4 miles 2hrs 30min
Gem Lake Trail Moderate 3.4 miles 2hrs
Chasm Lake Trail Difficult 9.4 miles 5hrs 30min
Dream Lake Trail Easy 2 miles 1hr
Alberta Falls Trail Easy 1.6 miles 45min
Deer Mountain Trail Moderate 6 miles 3hrs 15min
Twin Sisters Peak Trail Difficult 7.5 miles 4hrs 45min
Bear Lake Nature Trail Easy 0.7 miles 20min

Easy Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Name Difficulty Distance Estimated Time
Dream Lake Trail Easy 2 miles 1hr
Alberta Falls Trail Easy 1.6 miles 45min
Bear Lake Nature Trail Easy 0.7 miles 20min
Glacier Gorge Trail Easy 2.8 miles 1hr 25min
Adams Falls Trail Easy 0.7miles 21min
Sprague Lake Trail Easy 0.8miles 23min
Cascade Falls Trail Easy 7.4miles 3hrs 30min
Nymph Lake Trail Easy 1.2 miles 40min
Lily Lake Trail Easy 0.8 miles 21min
Alluvial Fan Trail Easy 0.7 miles 25min

Where to Stay

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