Our goal on this trip was to visit the 4 National Parks in Colorado. We were excited because we had never been to these parks and we chose the fall season to also see the aspen trees in peak color.
It was a 4-day drive for us to get to Rocky Mountain National Park. Our stops along the way were in Las Vegas, the Fremont Indian State Park, Grand Junction, and then our end destination in Estes Park Colorado.
This trip covered 9 locations.
Stop 1:, Castle Rock Campground
This was an overnight stop for us on the way to Colorado but it was so beautiful and secluded that we wanted to include it in the travel log.
Stop 2:Rocky Mountain National Park
Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park is really popular due to the annual elk rut but it was not as crowded as we expected.
There was a lot to explore here and we didn’t even make it over to the North Rim.
Stop 4: Grand Mesa Scenic Byway-1st Time
While reading about the area this seemed like something we might want to explore and we are glad we did.
Stop 5: Great Sand Dunes National Park
The dunes were awesome being the tallest dunes in North America and the photographic opportunities were endless.
Stop 6: Mesa Verde National Park
We were there in the middle of October so there weren’t any crowds. There was only 1 loop open in the campground but we didn’t have any trouble finding a spot.
Stop 7: San Juan Scenic Byway
We were so pleased with the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway that we thought we would check this one out and it was beautiful.
Stop 8: Monument Valley Again
This visit was during Covid so things were a little different but it was just as beautiful as the 1st time.
Stop 9: Grand Canyon South Rim
We have been to the North Rim, and the Toroweep Overlook before but this was our first visit to the South Rim.