Best of Colorado Road Trip Featuring 6 National Park Sites

Few road trips take you past spectacular 14,000-footpeaks, soothing hot springs and fantastic historical towns like this Colorado loop.

Start in Denver to sample the city’s thriving art and food scene. Then head to the vibrant university town of Boulder and nearby Eldorado Canyon State Park. Next stop is Rocky Mountain National Park where wildlife and incredible hikes await. From there head west to the charming town of Grand Lake before heading west to Glenwood Springs to soak in the town’s legendary hot springs and experience its adventure park. Continue west to the awe-inspiring red-rock landscapes of the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction. From there, experience incredible alpine scenery and swaths of agricultural land as you travel through Delta, Montrose and Ouray.

Discover ancient history in Mesa Verde National Park and authentic towns like Cortez, Durango, South Fork and Alamosa along the way to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve before heading to Arvada and ending in Denver.