How far is it to drive from California to Colorado?

My friends and I want to take a road trip up to Colorado this summer, so how far is Colorado from California if you’re driving?

Holden Easterbrook · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Road trips are such a great way to spend the summer, but you’ll want to be prepared for a
long drive
before you hit the road. Driving to
may take between 8 and 22 hours depending on where you are starting and ending your drive.
Here are the expected driving times for a number of common routes:
  • Los Angeles to Denver: 16 hours, 20 minutes
  • San Francisco to Grand Junction: 15 hours, 30 minutes
  • San Diego to Telluride: 13 hours, 30 minutes
The trip may take even longer because of a few variables:
  • Traffic—driving through major cities or getting held up behind an accident can add significant time to a long trip
  • Weather—heavy rain or aggressive winds can slow you down, even if you’re the only one on the road
  • Road conditions—lane closures due to construction or other changes to the roadway can bottleneck traffic and even bring you to a stand-still
So long as you are taking the issues just mentioned into consideration, you and your friends should have a blast this summer. However, you should also consider updating your car insurance and adding a few more
types of coverage
to your policy to keep you safe while you’re out and about. Luckily, the
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Have a great trip!
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