5 days in Fort Collins & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

5 days in Fort Collins & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive to Des Moines International Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Fort Collins
Fort Collins
— 1 day
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights


Fort Collins

— 1 day
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see the sky in a new way at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip itinerary app.

Ankeny to Fort Collins is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Ankeny, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Collins, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature
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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bear Lake and Trail Ridge Road. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Milner Pass, and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 29°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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