Day Trips from Denver [2023]

If you only have time for a day trip from Denver, take a road trip to Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Roxborough State Park

If you only have half a day, or don't feel like going that far from Denver, a visit to Roxborough State Park is a great way to get a taste of the mountains.

If you want to conquer one of the easiest fourteeners in Colorado, try hiking Grays Peak.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Estes Park

Estes Park is celebrated as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, but is one of the best day trips near the Colorado mountain town of Denver.

Garden of the Gods

I recently returned home to Colorado after being stranded in Argentina during the pandemic, and the first thing I discovered near Colorado Springs was the incredible.

Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge in Cañon City

As a kid, visiting the huge suspension bridge over Royal Gorge was always one of my favorite things to do in Colorado.

A cousin of Denver, Boulder is part university town, part liberal enclave and part mountain base.


Arguably the most famous mountain in Colorado, Pikes Peak makes for an excellent and relatively easy day trip from Denver.

Pikes Peak

Although Denver has plenty of great beer of its own, true aficionados will want to head up to Fort Collins.

Fort Collins

If you enjoy casinos, or just historic mountain towns, consider taking the winding mountain road from Denver to Black Hawk.

Black Hawk & Central City

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