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Denver to Malibu drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Denver to Malibu road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Denver
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:40 am  Vail
eat at Minturn Saloon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:58 pm  Grand Junction
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:58 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:15 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:41 pm  Fishlake National Forest
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:41 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:08 pm  Zion National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Zion National Park
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:41 am  Las Vegas
eat at Giada
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:02 pm  Barstow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:02 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:40 pm  arrive in Malibu
stay at Malibu Beach Inn

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Denver, Colorado.

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?

Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail
Grand Junction  (14 answers)
Arches National Park  (34 mentions)
Fishlake National Forest
Zion National Park  (73 mentions)
    questions about Zion National Park:
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Canyoneer boots, Keen sandals, or old tennis shoes for Narrows hike?
        What's the best time of year to hike in Zion?
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing
Las Vegas  (275 answers)
    Downtown Container Park  (15 mentions)
    Fremont Street Experience  (15 mentions)
    High Roller  (10 mentions)
    The Mob Museum  (8 mentions)
    Neon Museum  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Las Vegas:
        Giada
        Mon Ami Gabi
        Wicked Spoon
        Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
        Lotus of Siam
    questions about Las Vegas:
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las Vegas
        Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?
Barstow  (12 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Malibu, California.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Malibu?

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 Malibu.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Malibu Beach Inn, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

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





Where's the best place to eat in Malibu?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Nobu Malibu, which was mentioned 15 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Paradise Cove Cafe  (13 mentions)
Malibu Seafood  (11 mentions)
Geoffrey's Malibu  (10 mentions)
Malibu Farm Cafe  (6 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Malibu?

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:

Malibu Beach  (44 mentions)
Zuma Beach  (22 mentions)
Point Dume State Beach  (14 mentions)
Malibu Country Mart  (12 mentions)
El Matador State Beach  (12 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 Malibu. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Courtney from Los Angeles asked:
Places to eat in Malibu?  (8 answers)

profile  Andrew from Manhattan Beach asked:
Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?  (4 answers)

profile  Laura from San Francisco asked:
Wine tasting in Malibu?  (3 answers)

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





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 Malibu to Denver 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 Denver to Malibu. Or get a full Denver to Malibu 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 Denver well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Denver!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,060 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 10 minutes
Malibu is 1 hour behind Denver
151 Denver travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
14 Grand Junction travel answers
275 Las Vegas travel answers
12 Barstow travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers





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