We're a group of 4 (all around 30 years old) and currently planning a trip from Las Vegas to Denver over 13 days. We'd like to see many National Parks on the way and like to do 2-5 hours hikes in many of them. Currently we're envisioning the following route. Given that it's quite a full agenda we're wondering if there are specific items you would recommend to leave out or cover quicker (e.g. by having a more driving-heavy day) in order to have more time for other things / stay longer at other places. The trip is planned for mid-September so in case anything isn't ideal during that season and should be avoided that would also be great to know.
Thanks so much for your help!
Day 1: Arrive in Vegas in the morning, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead; Stay: Las Vegas Strip; 150 Miles
Day 2: Grand Canyon NP (West); Stay: Las Vegas Strip; 250 Miles
Day 3: Zion NP (The Narrows hike); Stay: Springdale; 160 Miles
Day 4: Bryce Canyon NP (short hike), Capitol Reef NP (mostly drive through); Stay: Torrey; 185 Miles
Day 5: Arches NP, hike; Stay: Moab; 140 Miles
Day 6: Canyonlands NP, hike, drive to Cortez in evening; Stay: Cortez; 125 Miles
Day 7: Mesa Verde NP, visit Durango, drive to Gunnison; Stay: Gunnison; 200 Miles
Day 8: Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP in the morning, Great Sand Dunes NP, drive to Pueblo; Stay: Pueblo; 260 Miles
Day 9: Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods; Stay: Colorado Springs; 45 Miles
Day 10: Explore Denver, drive to Estes Park; Stay: Estes Park; 140 Miles
Day 11: Rocky Mountain NP hiking; Stay: Estes Park; 0 Miles
Day 12: Rocky Mountain NP hiking, Boulder; Stay: Boulder; 40 Miles
Day 13: Explore Denver; Stay: Denver; 30 Miles
Day 14: Return flight