10 days in Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Cañon City
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation. Step out of Cañon City to go to Buena Vista and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: cruise along Skyline Drive.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cañon City tour planning website.

Dallas to Cañon City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Cañon City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in July, expect Cañon City to be slightly colder, temps between 90°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cañon City to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 23rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then stroll around Crown Hill Park.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Denver holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Canyon Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Canyon Road, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe tour builder tool.

You can fly from Denver to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.