11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Cortez Municipal Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Bakersfield

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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 8th (Mon): shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park route planning website.

Bakersfield to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bakersfield to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Bakersfield in October, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Must see
Trail Ridge Road
4.9
Bear Lake ©
Water Body
Bear Lake
4.7

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Denver

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 11th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and then see where the action happens at Coors Field.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
Denver Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
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Colorado Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. On your second day here, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

Before you visit Colorado Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
Maroon Bells ©
Must see
Maroon Bells
4.8
Independence Pass ©
Scenic Drive
Independence Pass
4.8

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Durango

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 17th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango online trip builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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