Rocky Mountain Trail

20 day Fly Drive - from £1599

With flights from £2055

The ultimate Rocky Mountain road trip, through the stunning landscapes, bustling towns and six breathtaking National Parks connected by this vast cordillera.

Highlights:

  • Witness ‘Old Faithful’ geyser erupt into life in Yellowstone National Park
  • Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery of the Grand Tetons
  • Marvel at the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, built by the Anazasi Indians
  • Drive through the mesmerising landscape of Arches National Park
  • Meet presidents past at the iconic Mount Rushmore National Monument
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Denver

Arrive and settle into your hotel. A stroll through the picturesque pedestrian zone with its many shops and restaurants lets you feel the flair of this metropolis.

Standard: DoubleTree Curtis Hotel or similar

Day 2 - Denver

This former gold mining town, which is also called ‘Mile High City’ because it is located 1.609 meters high in the Rocky Mountains, has the biggest brewery, the greatest bell collection of the world, the largest wine tasting place, and the longest street in America. You may want to see the newly remodelled Denver Art Museum or the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Standard: DoubleTree Curtis Hotel or similar

Day 3 - Colorado Springs (72 miles)

An easy drive takes you to Colorado Springs, the 2nd biggest city in Colorado. We would recommend visiting the ‘Garden of the Gods’ and to admire the over 100 m high rock formations of red sandstone which are particularly impressive in the early morning and late afternoon hours of the day.

Standard: The Mining Exchange A Wyndham Grand Hotel or similar

Day 4 - Alamosa (165 miles)

Today, you drive south to Alamosa, the departure point for a visit to the giant, up to 100m high Sand Dunes at the foot of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which offer a breath-taking view.

Standard: Best Western Alamosa Inn or similar

Day 5 - Durango (150 miles; drive through Mesa Verde 243 miles)

Mesa Verde National Park with its cliff dwellings built by the Anazasi Indians will be a highlight of your trip. Do not miss the archaeological settlements in this unique area.

Standard: Holiday Inn and Suites Durango Central or similar

Day 6 - Grand Junction (170 miles)

Durango, the Capital of the La Plata Country, is the starting point for drives over the famous Million Dollar Highway. An alternative would be a drive over the remote ‘Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway’.

Standard: Hampton Inn Grand Junction Downtown or similar

Day 7 - Moab (Arches National Park) (113 miles)

Arches National Park has the world’s highest concentration of natural stone arches. It’s a red, arid, desert, punctuated with oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, rocks and arches. The 73,000-acre region has over 2,000 arches.

Standard: River Canyon Lodge or similar

Day 8 - Salt Lake City (234 miles)

Today you will discover Salt Lake City, the Capital of the Mormon State, in front of its breath-taking mountain panorama or visit the great Salt Sea, from which the city derives its name. Or would you be tempted by an excursion to the caves of the Tempanogos Cave National Monuments?

Standard: Hilton Salt Lake City Centre or similar

Day 9 - Jackson/Wyoming (277 miles)

You leave Salt Lake City for Jackson. This town located south of Grand Teton National Park is the centre of the so-called Jackson Hole, a valley with marvellous panoramas.

Standard: Snow King Resort Hotel & Condos or similar

Day 10 - Yellowstone National Park (130 miles)

You continue today through the impressive mountain chain of the Grand Tetons to the world-famous Yellowstone National Park. You will be fascinated by geysers like the ‘Old Faithful’ which ejects several meter high water fountains.

Standard: Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Day 11 - Yellowstone National Park

Explore today this park which is a wonder world of geysers and hot mud holes, thermal springs and lakes shimmering in a wide range of different turquoise tones. 

Standard: Gray Wolf Inn & Suites or similar

Day 12 - Cody (290 miles)

Your itinerary takes you over the ‘Buffalo Scenic Byway’, a stretch with attractive landscapes and interesting detours into the past. If you are a Western Fan, don’t miss the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum.

Standard: Holiday inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village or similar

Day 13 - Sheridan (150 miles)

After leaving the little town of Shell, you take the ‘Bighorn Scenic Byway’, past forests, mountains and waterfalls (e.g. Shell Falls) before you climb high up to the Granite Pass.

Standard: Hampton Inn Sheridan or similar

Day 14 - Rapid City (250 miles)

Today you drive along the Black Hills National Forest where many picnic areas and walking trails provide quietness and relaxation. You continue to Rapid City; the film “Dancing with the Wolves” was shot in its surrounding areas.

Standard: Best Western Ramkota Hotel or similar

Day 15 - Rapid City

The visit of Rapid City is on your agenda today. The largest National Monument of the United States – Mt. Rushmore – with its 4 super dimensional presidents cut in stone represent 150 years of American history. The Custer State Park and the Wind Cave National Park is certainly worth a detour. And don’t miss the impressive Crazy Horse Memorial which is meant to become the tallest sculpture in the world.

Standard: Best Western Ramkota Rapid City or similar

Day 16 - Rapid City

Opt today for an excursion to the Badlands National Park. In this vast prairie country with bizarre rock formations, you may discover not only rare animals like bison or big horn sheep, but also fossil from primeval times. 

Standard: Best Western Ramkota Rapid City or similar

Day 17 - Cheyenne (290 miles)

You leave South Dakota today. Explore the historic Old Town with the Old Union Pacific Depot and get a free brochure of city walks at the Depot visitor centre.

Standard: Staybridge Suites Cheyenne or similar

Day 18 - Rocky Mountain National Park (90 miles)

Today’s drive leads through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Follow partly the Trail Ridge Road, from Estes Park (Park Entrance) to Grand Lake and experience the breath-taking views on one of the highest paved roads in the United States.

Standard: Best Western Plus Silver Saddle or similar

Day 19 - Denver (65 miles)

Enjoy the unique Metropolis in front of the panorama of the Rocky Mountains. Take a stroll over the ‘16th Street Mall’, a 2 km long promenade in the historic centre of Denver, or taste a beer at one of the numerous breweries.

Standard: DoubleTree Curtis Hotel or similar

Day 20 - Farewell from Denver

The self drive concludes when you drop the hire car back to the airport depot and catch your scheduled flight home to the UK.

20 day Fly Drive - from £1599

With flights from £2055

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2022 onwards.

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. You can book this self drive as it is or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 19 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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