Best Road Trips From Denver

Sitting on the edge of the Rockies, discover the red rocks in Sedona, herds of buffalo in Yellowstone or the bright lights of Vegas.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Denver

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA with sand dunes in the foreground and mountains in the distance on a clear day.
1. Great Sand Dunes National Park
๐Ÿš— 239 miles โฑ๏ธ 3 hours, 50 minutes

Head to Great Sand Dunes National Park, with the tallest sand dunes in North America. The unbelievable landscape is perfect for hiking and enjoying views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Travel in Devil's Bridge Trail, scenic view panoramic landscape, Sedona, Arizona, USA
5. Sedona
๐Ÿš— 740 miles โฑ๏ธ 11 hours

Renowned for its red rock formations and vortex sites, in Sedona you can expect hiking trails, breathtaking sunsets, and a chance to recharge and unwind at this desert oasis.

Estes Park sign etched onto large rock, surrounded by mountains and blue skies
8. Estes Park
๐Ÿš— 66 miles โฑ๏ธ 1 hour, 25 minutes

Known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is stunning, with plenty of scenic trails to soak up the mountain views. Don't miss the charming downtown area with its interesting stores, galleries, and restaurants.

Panorama of Downtown Golden Colorado from drone
15. Golden
๐Ÿš— 15 miles โฑ๏ธ 24 minutes

Discover the charming town of Golden. With the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, here you can explore explore historic landmarks, visit local breweries, and enjoy hiking and biking along Clear Creek.

Alkali Flat Trail in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA against a blue sky.
22. White Sands National Monument
๐Ÿš— 564 miles โฑ๏ธ 8 hours, 40 minutes

Beautiful White Sands National Monument is hard to beat, where the gypsum dunes make for a stunning place to hike or sled down. Make sure to stay longer and enjoy the memorable sunset views.

Perfectly still water on Gem Lake with reflection of blue sky, clouds, mountains, and trees, Estes Park, Colorado
25. Georgetown
๐Ÿš— 45 miles โฑ๏ธ 50 minutes

Charming Georgetown, Colorado, is a historic mining town located in the Rocky Mountains. Explore its quaint streets lined with Victorian architecture, visit local stores and galleries, and ride the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad.

Dog sledding from the point of perspective of the rider, through snow
28. Steamboat Springs
๐Ÿš— 156 miles โฑ๏ธ 3 hours

Experience the charm of Steamboat Springs, a stunning mountain town renowned for its world-class skiing and hot springs. Make sure to visit the scenic Yampa River Botanic Park during your stay.

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