10 days in Colorado, Moab & Canyonlands National Park Itinerary

10 days in Colorado, Moab & Canyonlands National Park Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Montrose, Fly to New York City

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Denver

— 1 night

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 1st (Thu), go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans. Keep things going the next day: experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness, go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver online tour itinerary maker.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 3rd (Sat), trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 80°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durango tour planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moab trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Moab takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky, and finally trek along Pothole Point Trail.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.