This road trip includes parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Badlands National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Custer State Park and more!
Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.
Dinosaur is famous as it protects a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones that lived millions of years ago. At the Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center, paleontologists have carefully chipped away the rock to uncover bones and leave them in place.
Grand Teton offers gorgeous mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The Teton range includes eight peaks over 12,000 feet (3,658 m), including the Grand Teton at 13,770 feet (4,198 m). For those of you interested in wildlife, elk, moose, pronghorn, mule deer, and bison are commonly seen in the park.
Yellowstone is most known for being home to more than 10,000-plus hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet"s total. One geyser in particular, Old Faithful, has drawn millions of visitors yearly to Yellowstone National Park.
Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old. Scientists can study the evolution of mammal species such as the horse, sheep, rhinoceros and pig in the Badlands formations. Wind Cave is one of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park.
Use this self-guided road trip to help you plan your adventure through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. There are many ways to alter this trip to shorten or lengthen depending on your available time.