10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), stroll through Booth Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through McCullough Gulch, and finally take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge online route planner.

Monroe to Breckenridge is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Monroe to Breckenridge due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Monroe in October, with highs in Breckenridge at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at a local thermal spa, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs planner.

Drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in October, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and finally do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally learn about winemaking at Talon Winery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palisade trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Palisade by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, expect Palisade to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray day trip app.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Ouray takes 2 hours. Traveling from Palisade in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park tour planning website.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
On the 30th (Sat), hike along Animas River Trail and then admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Purgatory Resort and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durango day trip planning app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Winter Sports

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Colorado travel guide

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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.