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Denver to Santa Fe drive

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  Denver
 Colorado Springs
 Colorado City
 Trinidad (Colorado)
 Bobcat Bite
   Santa Fe 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Denver to Santa Fe road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Santa Fe. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Fe, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Denver and Santa Fe. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Denver and Santa Fe. 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 in Denver
drive for about 1 hour

12:10 pm  Colorado Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:10 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:16 pm  Colorado City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Colorado City
drive for about 58 minutes

10:58 am  Trinidad (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:58 am
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:42 pm  eat at Bobcat Bite
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:42 pm
drive for about 24 minutes

4:07 pm  arrive in Santa Fe
stay at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

day 2 driving ≈ 4 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?

Colorado Springs  (45 answers)
    Garden of the Gods  (16 mentions)
    United States Air Force Academy  (4 mentions)
    U.S. Olympic Training Center  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Colorado Springs:
        The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
    questions about Colorado Springs:
        Camping at Garden of the Gods / Seven Falls

Colorado City

Trinidad (Colorado)  (3 answers)

Bobcat Bite  (3 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Santa Fe?

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 Santa Fe.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

La Fonda Hotel  (4 mentions)
Ten Thousand Waves  (4 mentions)
Inn and Spa at Loretto  (3 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Santa Fe?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Shed, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Cafe Pasqual's  (4 mentions)
Tia Sophia's  (3 mentions)
La Boca  (2 mentions)
Coyote Cafe  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Santa Fe?

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:

Santa Fe Plaza  (5 mentions)
Loretto Chapel  (4 mentions)
El Farol  (2 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 Santa Fe. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Melissa from asked:
Hotels in Santa Fe with spa?  (3 answers)

profile  Julia from Boston asked:
Wine lover's Santa Fe?  (3 answers)

profile  Jessica from Calabasas asked:
Top 5 things to do as a family!  (3 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Santa Fe?  (2 answers)

profile  teri from Atlanta asked:
hiking  (2 answers)

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




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 Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe. Or get a full Denver to Santa Fe 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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 392 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 40 minutes
152 Denver travel answers
45 Colorado Springs travel answers
1 Colorado City travel answer
3 Trinidad (Colorado) travel answers
87 Santa Fe travel answers





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