Driving Times and Mileages from Denver

Popular Destinations Near Denver

••• Glenwood Springs, Colo., features a natural hot springs. Photo © Nina Snyder

Denver's proximity to the mountains means weekend ski trips are only a short drive away. During the summer months, camping and hiking areas beckon as well. For adventurous souls, out-of-state destinations such as Santa Fe, N.M., and Moab, Utah, are less than a six-hour drive from Denver.

Listed below are the mileages and estimated driving times to many of the popular destinations close to Denver. Keep in mind that drive times may vary, especially during rush hour traffic.

Mileage is calculated with downtown Denver as a starting point.


  • From Denver to Boulder, Colo.
    Distance: 29 miles
    Driving Time: 0.5 hours
    Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, and you can hike or rock climb at the Flatirons mountains.


  • From Denver to Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Distance: 69 miles
    Driving Time: 1.25 hours
    Notable attractions in Colorado Springs include Garden of the Gods Park and the U.S. Olympic training center.


  • From Denver to Fort Collins, Colo.
    Distance: 65 miles
    Driving Time: 1.25 hours
    Fort Collins houses Colorado State University as well as New Belgium Brewing Company, which makes the popular Fat Tire Amber Ale.


  • From Denver to Cheyenne, Wyo.
    Distance: 100 miles
    Driving Time: 1.5 hours
    Cheyenne hosts Frontier Days, the world's largest outdoor rodeo, every summer in July.


  • From Denver to Estes Park, Colo.
    Distance: 70 miles
    Driving Time: 1.5 hours
    The town of Estes Park serves as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.


  • From Denver to Glenwood Springs, Colo.
    Distance: 157 miles
    Driving Time: 2.5 hours
    Glenwood Hot Springs boasts an outdoor pool over two city blocks long. Glenwood Springs also serves as the last resting place of gunslinger Doc Holliday.


  • From Denver to Canon City, Colo.
    Distance: 119 miles
    Driving Time: 2.5 hours
    While the town of Canon City is primarily known for its federal prison, its proximity to the Arkansas River makes it a popular starting point for rafting trips.


  • From Denver to Steamboat Springs, Colo.
    Distance: 166 miles
    Driving Time: 3.5 hours
    Steamboat Ski Resort lies a bit off the beaten path, but its deep powder makes it worth the trip. Strawberry Hot Springs, which is clothing-optional after dark, also merits a visit.


  • From Denver to Aspen, Colo.
    Distance: 159 miles
    Driving Time: 3.75 hours
    The beautiful people congregate in Aspen, and even occasionally ski. Aspen's your best bet for celebrity spotting in Colorado.


  • From Denver to Crested Butte, Colo.
    Distance: 228 miles
    Driving Time: 4.75 hours
    Located in the Gunnison National Forest in southern Colorado, Crested Butte ski area offers a change of pace from the Front Range ski resorts.


  • From Denver to Moab, Utah
    Distance: 354 miles
    Driving Time: 5.5 hours
    Nestled between Canyonlands National Park and Zion National Park, Moab features world-renowned mountain biking trails.


  • From Denver to Santa Fe, N.M.
    Distance: 392 miles
    Driving time: 5.5 hours
    Santa Fe's numerous art galleries and southwestern food attract many visitors.


  • From Denver to Rapid City, S.D.
    Distance: 407 miles
    Driving time: 6.25 hours
    Rapid City is located 25 miles away from Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Editor's Note: Mileage and drive times were calculated with Yahoo! Maps.

Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.