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Arches National Park to Denver drive

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  Arches National Park
 McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area
 Jet Boat Colorado
 Glenwood Springs
 Vail
 Red Rocks Amphitheatre
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Arches National Park to Denver road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Arches National Park to Denver. If you're planning a road trip to Denver, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Arches National Park and Denver. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Arches National Park and Denver. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start at Arches National Park
drive for about 1 hour

12:02 pm  McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:02 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

2:01 pm  Jet Boat Colorado
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:01 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:07 pm  Glenwood Springs
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Glenwood Springs
drive for about 1 hour

12:03 pm  Vail
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:03 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:24 pm  Red Rocks Amphitheatre
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:24 pm
drive for about 31 minutes

3:55 pm  arrive in Denver
stay at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Arches National Park.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.


How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.


Where should I stop along the way?

McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area

Jet Boat Colorado

Glenwood Springs  (8 answers)
    Hanging Lake  (2 mentions)

Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail

Red Rocks Amphitheatre  (16 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Denver, Colorado.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.


Where's the best place to stay in Denver?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Denver.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Crawford Hotel  (3 mentions)
Hotel Teatro  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Denver? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Denver?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, which was mentioned 14 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Rioja  (9 mentions)
Acorn  (9 mentions)
Root Down  (7 mentions)
Bistro Vendome  (7 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Denver? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Denver?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
LoDo  (11 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Denver. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tatum from New Jersey asked:
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profile  Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
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profile  Rebecca from asked:
Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?  (7 answers)

profile  Trevor from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?  (7 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Denver.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Denver to Arches National Park drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Arches National Park to Denver. Or get a full Arches National Park to Denver flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Arches National Park well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Arches National Park!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 362 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 54 minutes
34 Arches National Park travel answers
8 Glenwood Springs travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
152 Denver travel answers





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