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From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip and Lunch

1. From Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip and Lunch

Explore the Rocky Mountain National Park on this day trip from Denver. See nature at its finest as you take in unspoiled views and magnificent peaks. Cruise down Trail Edge Road and through Estes Park in a comfortable and airconditioned van. Stop for a nice picnic in a stunning natural setting. Meet your local guide at the Denver Union Station and climb aboard a spacious van with plenty of legroom. Sit back and relax on the drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Take in views of the city of Boulder on the drive. Stop to see the iconic Flatirons red-rock formation. Admire views of this 300-million-year-old wonder that lies in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Feel as though you are on top of the world as you cruise down Trail Edge Road which offers plenty of opportunities for capturing breathtaking photos. Indulge in delicious picnic lunch as you enjoy views of the Rocky Mountains in the background. Visit the Stanley Hotel which was made famous as the shooting location for Stephen King's film 'The Shining.' Encounter marvelous views of the Rocky Mountains as you drive through Estes Park. Return to your meeting point in Denver at the end of your Rocky Mountain adventure.

From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

2. From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a memorable trip outside of Denver to the wilderness of Mount Evans on this day-trip. See the world from the top of the mountain and enjoy scenic stops at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Echo Lake, and Idaho Springs. See the Red Rocks Amphitheater, built in a red sandstone rock formation and one of the most beautiful music venues in the United States. Next, head to Echo Lake, filled with its crisp mountain waters and surrounded by evergreen trees. Continue all the way to the summit, along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Take some spectacular pictures from the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Rockies and be on the lookout for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats making their way around. On your way back to Denver, check out some local history in the city of Idaho Springs. In 1859, prospectors discovered gold at this location where the Chicago Creek meets Clear Creek.

From Estes Park/Denver/Boulder: Rocky Mountains Day Trip

3. From Estes Park/Denver/Boulder: Rocky Mountains Day Trip

Discover the magic of the Rocky Mountain National Park on this day trip with hotel pickup in Estes Park, Denver, or Boulder. See sights like the Stanley Hotel as you drive thorugh Estes Park. Hear about local culture and history from your guide.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation. Hop aboard a spacious and climate controlled van and take in the scenic countryside on the way to the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Look for elk, bears, and bighorn sheep as you pass by snowy mountain peaks, alpine lakes, raging rivers, and two national forests. Make your way through four life zones that support a biodiverse environment. Stop at the Rocky Mountain National Park's Alpine Visitor Center perched above a valley on the Fall River Pass. Have some free time to explore or purchase lunch. Capture pictures of stunning views of the park at the Black Canyon Overlook. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

From Denver: Red Rocks and Foothills Half-Day Guided Tour

4. From Denver: Red Rocks and Foothills Half-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy a scenic guided tour of the landscape surrounding Denver, including the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Evergreen Lake, and more. Depart from the historic Denver Union Station and head out for a day of incredible scenery. Stop first at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. This truly unique venue is built into a giant red sandstone formation. Next, stop at Lookout Mountain and take in views of mountains and the Denver cityscape. Take the scenic route on the way back to Denver via the Lariat Loop which connects the towns of Golden, Evergreen, and Morrison. Pass by the largest single-site brewery in the United States, Coors Brewery. Get a taste of history and geography as you admire the sites and enjoy the views on this essential tour of the Colorado landscape.

From Denver: Rocky Mountains Jeep Tour with Picnic Lunch

5. From Denver: Rocky Mountains Jeep Tour with Picnic Lunch

Have an unforgettable experience on a trip from Denver and see the many wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park on this Jeep tour. Learn about the park's nature and wildlife from a naturalist guide and enjoy a picnic lunch. Meet your guide and make your way to Rocky Mountain National Park to ascend high into the alpine tundra via switchbacks on Old Fall River Road. Search for wildlife like mule deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and a diversity of bird species like bald eagle, Clark's nutcracker, and Steller's jay. Step out of the Jeep and adventure on foot. Learn about wildflowers and their medicinal value and enjoy a picnic lunch with a view before heading back to Denver. This unique adventure is designed to offer memorable encounters with nature while supporting wildlife conservation efforts across the globe. Wildlife conservation initiatives are given 5% of the proceeds of this activity.

From Denver: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Guided Tour

6. From Denver: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Guided Tour

Check out some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery on this full-day tour departing from Denver. See the stunning sandstone rock formations at the Garden of the Gods and head to the Pikes Peak Summit and take in views of Colorado Springs and the rest of the Rocky Mountain ranges Admire the variety of red, pink, and white sandstone formations as you explore the Garden of the Gods. Make the most of the scenic photo opportunities as you wonder at the beauty of these ancient geological formations. Be sure to check out the Balanced Rock and the Kissing Camels formations. Head to the Pikes Peak, the tallest mountain in the southern front range of the Rocky Mountains. As you stand at the summit, admire views of Colorado Springs and the rest of the Rocky Mountain range. With the right conditions, you can see for miles into the distance. Descend the mountain and continue the tour with a drive through Manitou Springs, a small resort town located to the west of Colorado Springs. Finally, finish up back in central Denver.

Denver: Glacier Hike and Geothermal Cave Pools

7. Denver: Glacier Hike and Geothermal Cave Pools

Hike up to St. Mary's Glacier, ascending through the stunning Colorado Forest and ending with breathtaking panoramic lake views. With swimming and sledding included, this 1.5-mile hike is a popular hike in Colorado. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Beau Jo's Mountain Pizza in Idaho Springs, which has been around since 1880 and is one of Colorado's hidden gems. Idaho Springs has a population of 1,717 people, and is a gold-mining town founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush. Following lunch, your tour visits another historic landmark where you can soak in the natural geothermal cave pools, perfect for sore muscles after hiking.

Colorado: Red Rocks, Dinosaur Tracks, & Gold Mine Tour

8. Colorado: Red Rocks, Dinosaur Tracks, & Gold Mine Tour

Discover some of the most iconic historical spots that Colorado has to offer. Experience what it's like being in Jurassic Park while exploring Dinosaur Ridge. Learn about the gold rush and pan for gold yourself. Taste Idaho Springs' delicious BBQ. Try new things with this hands-on tour. Stop 1: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Start the tour exploring Red Rocks, an amphitheater ranked one of the best in the world, while learning about its history and geology. Be surrounded by two sections of red rocks and an outstanding view of Colorado. Get your photos taken for free by a professional photographer with a DSLR camera to remember your experience. Stop 2: Dinosaur Ridge Next, visit Dinosaur Ridge and travel back in time to over 200 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the great plains of Colorado. Learn about the ancient dinosaurs and why Dinosaur Ridge become famous. The world’s first known Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus fossils were found here during the late 19th century which started the “dinosaur rush.” Stop 3: Lunch in Idaho Springs Afterward, eat lunch at Smokin’ Yards BBQ in Idaho Springs, a small gold mining town founded in 1859 during the gold rush. Smokin’ Yards started in Idaho Springs and has some of the best BBQ in the state called "High Elevation BBQ." For alternative lunch options, choose from the various food options around Idaho Springs instead. Stop 4: Phoenix Gold Mine Tour Next, experience a family-friendly adventure at the Phoenix Gold Mine with an expert guide. This mine has been passed down for four generations and is family-owned and ran. Get a lesson in panning for gold and have the chance to test your skills and keep what you find. Stop 5: Miner St. Meander Finally, pass by Miner Street which is filled with historic buildings that date back to the 1800s. See small businesses, shops, art galleries, and more.

Denver: Lower Downtown Scavenger Hunt Adventure

9. Denver: Lower Downtown Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Denver’s historic Lower Downtown into a giant game board? This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a two-hour sightseeing tour of Denver’s LoDo district. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins at a historic building and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic area, Coors Field, Union Station and Confluence Park you discover the rich history, art and culture of the original Denver. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Since you are the creator of your own schedule, you can stop for lunch midway or for a later cold brew at one of the many hot spots in the area. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget.

From Denver: Red Rocks, Evergreen, and Echo Lake Tour

10. From Denver: Red Rocks, Evergreen, and Echo Lake Tour

Discover the magic of Colorado's natural scenery on a guided tour through mountains, canyons, rock formations, and lakes. Take a break from the big city and dive into the wonders of the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the quaint town of Evergreen, and the pristine Echo Lake. Just a short drive out of the city, you'll come across an outstanding variety of untouched landscapes. Visit Red Rocks Park and see the famous amphitheater carved into the rocks. Then, drive into the mountains via Bear Creek Canyon and see many of the Denver Mountain Parks. Browse the shops or enjoy a quick drink in the small mountainous town of Evergreen. Witness beautiful hilltop views by climbing up a mountain pass to Echo Lake. Stroll around this incredible glacial lake sitting at 10,600 feet high and observe the local wildlife.

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What people are saying about Denver

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

The perfect day trip from Denver. It never felt rushed, with a non-strenuous hike to a great view, quick hot springs visit, and lunch. Our guide, Trey, was great, with fun facts about the local area and good instincts when a lightning and hail storm came in just as we were finishing the hike. He was even our personal photographer!

The mountains were breathtaking the hike was enjoyable the tour guide Breanne was the most attentive knowledgeable courteous and fun she made the experience relaxing and comfortable I totally enjoyed the geothermal caves and pool beautiful and peaceful scenery

My daughter and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We went up to 12,300 feet and the views were amazing. We got to see a lot of elk and other wildlife. I'm glad I booked this tour It was a lot fun.

Had an amazing day… would really recommend the Rocky Mountain trip.

knowledgeable and attentive guides; great small group experience.