10 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Grand Junction
— 1 day
Drive
2
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Grand Junction

— 1 day
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. On the 16th (Wed), get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center and then take a memorable drive along Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Junction using our trip planner.

New York City to Grand Junction is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Grand Junction, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around 91°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Fiery Furnace, then don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, and finally hike along Landscape Arch.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Arches National Park road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Arches National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In June, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Arches National Park to Durango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Arches National Park in June: high temperatures in Durango hover around 85°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista vacation planner.

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & The Gold Mine Rock Shop) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, take a stroll through Old Colorado City, and admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Colorado Springs trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Thu), appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

Planning Estes Park trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.