28 days in Colorado Itinerary

28 days in Colorado Itinerary

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28 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Grand Junction
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
End: Denver

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Get in touch with nature at The Beach at Grand Lake and Scot's Sporting Goods. Explore hidden gems such as Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Mountain Blown Glass. There's more to do: look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park day trip planning website .

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Glen Haven General Store, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
The Beach at Grand Lake ©
The Beach at Grand Lake
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

4
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Shop till you drop at Breckenridge Hat Company and Blue River Sports. Step out of the city life by going to Arapahoe Basin and Frisco Adventure Park. Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown) and Copper Mountain (in Copper Mountain). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 9.

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You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in April, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get outdoors at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and Yampa River Core Trail. For shopping fun, head to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or F.M. Light & Sons. Step out of Steamboat Springs with an excursion to Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway in Kremmling--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Town Hot Springs, admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, and fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

4
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Enstrom's and Hermosa Vineyards. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, stop by Colterris Wines, and admire the majestic nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Grand Junction in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in April: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 66°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

#Nature, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

4
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Explore hidden gems such as The Springs Resort & Spa and Piedra River Trail. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, get your game on at Bogey's Mini Golf, and savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Pagosa Springs in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Grand Junction in April, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

4
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Toh-Atin Gallery and San Juan County Historical Society. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Purgatory Resort and Honeyville. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Route 550 Gifts (in Silverton), Telluride (Telluride Trappings and Toggery & Telluride Truffle) and Ouray (Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall & Ouray Alchemist Museum).

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

#Parks, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

Telluride, Ouray, Silverton
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Balcony House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hovenweep National Monument and Spruce Tree House. And it doesn't end there: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail.

Start your trip to Mesa Verde National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Durango in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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