2020 National Parks Trip – Day 3 Itinerary

Day 3 - Grays Peak

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

There will be two segments of driving on this day.  The first segment, in the morning, will be driving from the campground to the Grays Peak trailhead.  The second driving segment will be driving from Grays Peak to the campground near Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Getting to the Grays Peak Trailhead

Summer Parks Trip - Day 3 Driving Map 1

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Open Trailhead in Maps

Getting to the Campgrounds Near Great Sand Dunes National Park

Summer Parks Trip - Day 3 Driving Map 2

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Day’s Itinerary

  • Hike to the summit of Grays Peak
  • Drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park area for the night

What to See

Grays and Torreys Peak Hike Map

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Grays and Torreys Peak Hike Topo Map

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Official Topographical Map (PDF)

Hiking Packing Checklist

  • Hiking Boots
  • Tread Soles
  • Micro Spikes
  • Zip Off Hiking Pants
  • Breathable T-Shirt
  • Light Weight Base Layer Top
  • Breathable Long Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Fleece
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pants
  • Hiking Poles
  • Water Bottle
  • Backup Water Bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Small Survival Pack (Matches, fire starter, food, space blankets, whistle)
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Camera (with just wide-angle lens and backup batteries)
  • Sun Hat
  • Winter Hat
  • Light Gloves
  • Topographical Map
  • Compass

Where to Stay

Summer Parks Trip - Day 3 Campgrounds Map

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