There are so many fun attractions between Denver and Salt Lake City. You can visit museums, admire natural sceneries, and enjoy outdoor activities. It is such a relaxing way to take a road trip from Denver to Salt Lake City. So all you need is a car with a full tank of gas. Here, we collected the best stops, route options, perfect places to stay and the best ways to help you plan an ultimate road trip from Denver to Salt Lake City.
Denver - Fort Collins - Rawlins - Rock Springs - Salt Lake City - Provo - Grand Junction - Rifle - Denver
New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins)
Great place for beer lovers and non-beer lovers alike! The place is busy, but not a real challenge to find a place to sit. Plenty of parking behind a building across the street. There are numerous games to play and several food trucks. Even if you are not a beer fan, this tour is a lot of fun. If you want to do a tour, don't forget to call well in advance to get a tour. Even if you can't do a tour, it's definitely still worth coming here and getting some excellent beer.
New Belgium Brewing Tours from $62, remember book in advance.
Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum (Rawlins)
This is a must-see museum for anyone going through Rawlins. The prison has so much history and it is very interesting to see how the prison progressed over the years. You can actually sit in the gas chamber and great photo opportunity. The guides do an excellent job of sharing stories and really pointing out the conditions inmates had at this facility. You will find that the tour of the prison is fascinating ... and a bit depressing at the same time. The cells, the kitchen, the baseball field, the stories behind the prisoners - quite a show.
Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop (Rock Springs)
Anyone that is interested in finding out more about the wild horse adoption program should make an appointment to tour the facility in Rock Springs. The people there are very accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable. Also, remember to take binoculars and a camera (iPhone) ready to zoom. You will see pronghorn in addition to one large herd of horses, and also a pair and an awesome palomino by himself. The road is a little rough, so a truck or an SUV is your best bet.
Salt Lake City
Known for the stunning backdrop afforded by the towering Wasatch Mountains – and the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation they provide – Salt Lake offers visitors a uniquely vibrant and dynamic urban experience. Don't miss these top attractions in Salt Lake City: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Natural History Museum of Utah and Red Butte Garden.
Things to do in Salt Lake City from $8.
Places to stay in Salt Lake City low to $36.
1. The Kimball at Temple Square: close to all the attractions, really quite and clean.
2. Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Farmington/Station Park: great location, nice hotel with helpful staff.
Provo Canyon (Provo)
Beautiful drive and great fly fishing on the Provo River. No matter the time of year, the views are spectacular. There are awesome hikes and waterfalls that are so beautiful. It is such a relaxing place to visit. Be prepared to be impressed with awesome perspectives. You will want to get photos of the mountains and Bridal Veil Falls. And you'd better drive an off-road vehicle.
Grand Mesa (Grand Junction)
The world's largest flat-topped mountain is covered with stream-fed lakes. It is a scenic drive that will take you past lakes, overlook views and mixed forests with a lot of wildflowers in summer, and many groves of aspens that must be stunning in fall. They have skiing in the winter, and hiking, fishing and lots of outdoor activities in the summer.
Rifle Gap State Park (Rifle)
Rifle Gap State Park is a nice state park and a good place to camp. This state park houses the Rifle Falls. It costs $8 to enter the park. In winter, there is no there to collect the fee but you are still required to pay. You simply fill out the paperwork and display it in your car. This park is situated in the mountains. You can hike the trails to the Rifle Falls and then up to the top of the falls as well. It has almost everything you would want in a trail (mountains, caves, waterfalls and a stream not to mention the woods).
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