We have 1.5 days ( basically 2 nights) to spend in RNMP. We arrive 11 am in Denver (7 hrs flight) and drive to Estes Park same day around 2 pm.
On day 1 we plan to drive on Rt 7 South toward Moraine Museum/Bear Lake trail.
We plan to cover the trail ridge drive and possibly few small hikes on day 2.
My questions are :
1. How long does it take to drive the whole rd ( since I have heard that it is slow).
My wife wants to stay in same place (Estes Park) for consecutive two nights so that we do not have to pack/unpack etc.
I am thinking that once we drive to grand lake on day 2, we stay there for the night.
Ultimately on day 3 morning we have to head towards Yellowstone either from Grand Lake or from Estes Park. Time is same for both routes even though route from Estes park to yellowstone is longer.
Question2 : Is it OK to drive back from grand lake to estes park on day2 (for the hotel) . My thought is that I will be too tired to head back same drive again after whole day's of outing.