We are in the early stages of planning a road trip for next Summer (2016). We are looking to fly in and out of Denver and hire a car.
We are a pretty outdoorsy family and love US National Parks. Mum and Dad are also CJ Box fans and would like to follow in the footsteps of Joe Pickett! We have a few fixed dates that we need/want to be somewhere - Frontier Days & Rodeo in Cheyenne, Saturday night rodeo in Jackson & catching a Colorado Rockies game at the end of the trip.
The tentative plan is fly to Denver - either 3 or 4 nights in Denver, with a possible night in Fort Collins - not sure about that one. Then:
Cheyenne - 2 nights (hotel booked)
Thermopolis - 1 night
Sheridan - 1 night
Yellowstone - 2 nights (cabin booked)
Grand Teton - 1 night
Jackson - 2 nights
Salt Lake City - 2 nights
Moab - 2 nights
Glenwood Springs - 1 night
Aspen - 1 night
Boulder - 4/5 nights
I would welcome some thoughts on the itinerary and how long we are spending at stops. We are thinking of maybe another night in Yellowstone, although accommodation is expensive there, and then cutting a night in Jackson (also looking pretty expensive!). Accommodation in GTNP is pricey too - we would have one night there, and it looks like Jackson is the nearest place just outside the park. We were unsure about 2 nights in SLC and wondered about 2 or 3 nights in Moab - assuming it is a good base to explore both Arches and Canyonlands? We've got around 23 to 24 nights to play with.
We need to end up in Boulder/Denver at the end of the trip and would love to catch a pre-season NFL game if that works out but I don't think fixtures come out till later on. Definitely want to see the Rockies at home though.