Salt Lake City to Rocky Mountain National Park Road Trip

Explore some of the country's most amazing red-rock landscapes and soaring granite peaks on this 1,140-mile tour.
By Tori Peglar ,

Colorado National Monument

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Some of the least-crowded and most beautiful red-rock canyons, rivers and recreational opportunities await you on this fantastic road trip. Start in Salt Lake City where a thriving performing arts scene and records detailing your family tree await. Then, leave the city behind as you head east to Flaming Gorge Country. Discover dinosaur bones and tracks, along with fantastic water recreational opportunities. A highlight is floating on the crystal clear Green River just below the Flaming Gorge Dam in your own raft.

Stop in Craig, Colo., and explore the area and Dinosaur National Monument. In Grand Lake, you'll find a charming town just a five-minute drive from Rocky Mountain National Park. Afterwards, head west to visit Colorado National Monument and Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

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Start: Salt Lake City, Utah

Aerial view of Salt Lake City

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12 Things to Do in Salt Lake City, Utah
From a thriving performing arts scene to the world's largest collection of genealogy records, it's a fantastic place to start your Rocky Mountain
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Desert Oasis at Flaming Gorge

Paddleboarding in the Sheep Creek area of the Flaming Gorge.

Photo by Marc Piscotty courtesy of Flaming Gorge Country

Take a break from the desert heat by jumping in the sparkling water at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Spend several days exploring this 91-mile-long reservoir to check off our top-six-things-to-do list.
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Dinosaur National Monument

Echo Park's Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument

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Jurassic Journey in Moffat County
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Moose in Kawuneeche Valley on the west side of the park. 

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Enter the park at the Grand Lake Entrance and stop by the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Here are some ideas for things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park.

GyPSy Guide Tour App
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Sipping in Grand Junction, Colorado

Vineyard in Mesa Valley

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A Grand Time
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Moab's Top Seven on the Doorstep to Arches National Park

Devils Garden in Arches National Park

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From a walk past life-sized dinosaurs to rafting the Colorado River, your family trip to Canyonlands and Arches national parks will be full of adventure with this list of the top seven things to do in Moab.
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End: Salt Lake City