How to Plan an Epic Wyoming Road Trip

Yellowstone National Park offers breathtaking views and immaculate landscapes to over 4 million visitors each year. While flying into Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, WY, is the easiest way to get to Yellowstone, it’s also the easiest way to miss out on the rest of Wyoming’s stunning wildlife and notable landmarks. If you don’t want to leave any piece of this gorgeous land uncharted, then pack your bags, grab the family, and follow our road trip planner for the perfect Wyoming getaway. Looking for some additional fun places to stop or cool things to see along the way? Download our free vacation guide and never worry about missing a national monument or incredible restaurant again!

5-Day Wyoming Road Trip from Denver, CO, to Yellowstone

Trip Overview

Whoever said, “It’s not about where you go, but who you’re with,” has obviously never been to Wyoming. Full of famous landmarks, small-town charm, and countless outdoor adventures, it’s almost impossible to explore all that Wyoming offers in just one trip. This route from Denver to Yellowstone, however, is an excellent place to start! Load up the minivan and grab a camera, this is a 5-day voyage that you will not soon forget.

Total Distance: 1220, miles

Total Duration: 5 days

Day 1: Denver to Casper

Start off your trip in the Mile High City and head north towards the Colorado, Wyoming border. Along the way you’ll get your first view of Wyoming’s expansive landscape and have a chance to explore some of the oldest inhabited land in the country.

Make your first stop at Red Mountain Open Space and marvel at the incredible scenery while hiking the same terrain as the first humans to reside in North America Over 12,000 years ago. With no entry fee, this is the perfect place to begin your journey! Expect to add about 3 hours of driving time for this side trip.

Get out for a stretch or fuel up for the remaining two and half hour drive in Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne. This historic city has a lot to offer anyone passing through and is the perfect place to break up your trip with a quick history lesson at an old-western museum or a by grabbing a late lunch at one of the town’s many restaurants.

Distance: 283, miles

Driving Time: 3 hours and 55 minutes

Day 2: Casper to Cody

Make the short drive up to the authentically western Cody, WY, and explore all that Monster Lake Ranch has to offer. Arrive a stranger and leave a part of the Monster Lake family when you stay at our gorgeous 10,000 acre dude ranch.

Make sure you get there early enough to plan some exciting day trips such as hunting, fly-fishing or horseback riding. With incredible restaurants, family friendly activities, and luxurious accomodations, Monster Lake Ranch is the ideal starting point for your next excursion!

Distance: 213, miles

Driving Time: 3 hour and 27 minutes

Optional Excursion: If you don’t mind the drive, consider adding around 5 hours to your trip and venture out to Devils Tower National Monument.

Day 3: Cody to Yellowstone

After grabbing a delicious breakfast at Monster Lake Ranch’s Cutthroat Saloon, it’s time to head into Yellowstone National Park. Regardless of the time of year, the nation’s first national park is an absolutely stunning place to explore.

Find the best waterfall, admire the wildlife, or explore the 200-plus miles of trails with the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains setting the scene. You might have to fight the crowd to get a decent view of Old Faithful, but it is definitely worth it. Be prepared to pay $30 for an entry fee or a $50 fee for access to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

Distance: 97, miles

Driving Time: 2 hours 11 minutes

Day 4: Yellowstone to Jackson Hole

Without a doubt, the trip’s most scenic and enjoyable drive, this short trek from Yellowstone to Jackson Hole, Wyoming will take you right into the heart of Grand Teton National Park. It is doable to condense Yellowstone and Grand Teton into one day, but you will be seriously limiting your chance of seeing everything there is to see in these amazing parks!

Marvel at the gorgeous Jackson Lake, navigate more incredible hiking trails, or camp out under the stars. After you’ve had your fill of mountain air and Wyoming scenery, fill up your cup at Jackson Hole Still Works or check out some of the other great distilleries to visit in Wyoming.

Distance: 70, miles

Driving Time: 1 hour 35 minutes (toll road)

Day 5: Jackson Hole to Denver

Wake up early if you plan to do some additional Grand Teton site-seeing or hiking before heading back to Denver via I-80. This is the longest drive of your Wyoming adventure, but luckily there are plenty of places to stop along the way if you wish to break up the trip.

For a historical pit stop, check out the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum near Rawlins, WY, or the 30-foot, Abraham Lincoln statue off exit 323. Grab dinner in Fort Collins, CO, at the Mountain Cafe or Restaurant 415 before taking the 70-mile drive back to Denver!

Distance: 503, miles

Duration: 7 hours and 57 minutes

We Are Your Home-Base

Whether you wish to experience Wyoming from the road or you are looking for a secure place to stay while you explore all of this beautiful state’s attractions, Monster Lake Ranch has the right accommodations. For a truly comfortable and convenient taste of the Western lifestyle, check out our brand new Lakefront Cabins. With two queen beds, a covered porch, and incredible views of the lake and mountains, you will have an authentic and welcoming place to relax as you gear up for your next adventure. Don’t wait to book your stay!

Reminder: Download our free Vacation Guide to avoid missing out on all that Wyoming offers!