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Moab to Rapid City drive

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  Moab
 Grand Junction
 Glenwood Springs
 Vail
 Denver
 Fort Collins
 Torrington (Wyoming)
 Wind Cave National Park
   Rapid City 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Moab to Rapid City road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Moab to Rapid City. If you're planning a road trip to Rapid City, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Moab and Rapid City. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Moab and Rapid City. 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 Moab
drive for about 2 hours

11:46 am  Grand Junction
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:07 pm  Glenwood Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:07 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:10 pm  Vail
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:10 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:56 pm  Denver
eat at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 1 hour

11:07 am  Fort Collins
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:07 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:20 pm  Torrington (Wyoming)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:20 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:28 pm  Wind Cave National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:28 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:31 pm  arrive in Rapid City

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Moab, Utah.

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?

Grand Junction  (14 answers)

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

Denver  (168 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?

Fort Collins  (18 answers)
    New Belgium Brewing  (2 mentions)
    Killer Rabbit  (2 mentions)
    White Balcony  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Fort Collins:
        Sonny Lubick Steakhouse
        Charco Broiler
    questions about Fort Collins:
        Gift certificate idea for a Fort Collins resident?
        Best steak houses in Fort Collins?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Fort Collins?

Torrington (Wyoming)

Wind Cave National Park  (3 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Rapid City, South Dakota.

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


What are some things to do in Rapid City?

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

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!

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




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 Rapid City to Moab 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 Moab to Rapid City. Or get a full Moab to Rapid City 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 Moab well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Moab!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 738 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 11 minutes
Rapid City is the same time as Moab
35 Moab travel answers
14 Grand Junction travel answers
8 Glenwood Springs travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
168 Denver travel answers
18 Fort Collins travel answers
15 Rapid City travel answers





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