In June 2016, I took a much-needed break from my 9-5 office job downtown, and took a week trading a computer screen for a mountain view. I did some early summer hiking and fishing that was 2nd to none, especially by Chicago standards.
Since my girlfriend and I split the cost down the middle, we kept track of the big expenses: gas, hostels and campgrounds, and food. The breakdown of the trips expenses are below. And I’m able to answer the question for those curious: how much does a road trip for 2 people from Chicago to Colorado cost? Turns out, about $600 per person.
Sure, it can be done for a lot cheaper, and it can be done for a lot more, but $600 is a good middle ground to experience a good Colorado vacation.
The average price of a gallon of gas for our trip was about $2.35, and our stays ranged from a $120 AirBnb, to a $28 campground. Our dining ranged from a $50 dinner tab to a $3 campfire meal. The breakdown is below.
The Budget Breakdown
Room & Board $242.14 per person
Night 1: Stayed at this Airbnb in Denver $36.50 per person
Night 2: The Bivvi Hostel in Breckenridge $55.25 per person
Night 3: The Bivvi Hostel in Breckenridge (again) $55.25 per person
Night 4: Carbondale/Crystal River KOA (campground) $17.04 per person
Night 5: Gunnison KOA $14.10 per person
Night 6: Gunnison KOA $14.10 per person
Night 7: Stayed at this Airbnb in Colorado Springs $64 per person
Gas Total $351.79 or $175.89 per person
Food, activities, and souvenirs ~$200 per person
- Colorado Springs
One of my goals for the trip was to create a flyfishing field guide of the spots I had the opportunity to fish, similar to the Mazon Creek Field Guide.
Though the fishing was good, I am afraid I did not hit enough spots or catch enough fish to justify such a book yet. It will be a work in progress until another trip or 2, but you can check on Chicago Rants Books for it and other releases.
Chicago Rants is back to it’s non-regular scheduled programming for the rest of the summer.