10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 1 day
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
6
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
7
Denver
— 1 day

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day
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Forney Museum of Transportation and then walk around Washington Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver journey planner.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newark to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums
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Washington Park ©
Washington Park
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): cruise along East Portal Road, take in the awesome beauty at Tomichi Point, take in the awesome beauty at Gunnison Point, thentake in the awesome beauty at Pulpit Rock Overlook, and finally take some stellar pictures from Warner Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of North Rim and then admire the engineering at Gunnison Diversion Dam.

Find out how to plan Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

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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.
On the 17th (Sat), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, cruise along Ruins Road, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, and finally make a trip to Park Point.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Keep things going the next day: walk around Buena Vista River Park, take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, thenexperience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and finally sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or fly. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Spas
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 20th (Tue), hike along Mosca Pass Trail, thenexplore the activities along Little Medano Creek, and then explore the striking landscape of High Dune Trail.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve tour itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Denver

On the 21st (Wed), partake in some friendly competition at Denver Inside and Out, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Logan National Cemetery, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Denver, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum
Denver Inside and Out ©
Denver Inside and Out

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