5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Fort Collins Itinerary

5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Fort Collins Itinerary

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Fort Collins
— 2 nights

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls and then stroll through Sheep Lakes. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder.

Arvada to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Fort Collins

— 2 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Go for a jaunt from Fort Collins to Bellvue to see Gateway Natural Area about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River, pause for some photo ops at Veteran's Plaza of Northern Colorado, immerse yourself in nature at Lory State Park, and contemplate the long history of 1883 Water Works.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort Collins driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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