11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Fort Wayne

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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 15th (Sun), appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Keep things going the next day: stop by Brownfield's, take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, then shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Estes Park travel route builder tool .

Fort Wayne to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Wayne to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Wayne in March, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll around Frisco Adventure Park, get your game on at Tumble Bubbles, take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, then look for gifts at Ready Paint Fire!, and finally get all the equipment you need at Blue River Sports.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in March, expect nights in Breckenridge to be little chillier, around 19°F, while days are colder, around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports
Ready Paint Fire! ©
Ready Paint Fire!

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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 19th (Thu): hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then stop by Sioux Villa Curio.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Fri), do a tasting at Colterris at the Overlook, then do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, then hike along Canyon View Park, and finally engage your brain at John McConnell Math and Science Center.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Junction route app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, expect nights in Grand Junction to be a bit warmer, around 32°F, while days are much warmer, around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Colterris at the Overlook ©
Colterris at the Overlook
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards

1
night
Durango

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Animas River Trail and then stroll through Purgatory Resort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip maker app .

Getting from Grand Junction to Durango by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°F in Durango. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Park Point, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, then trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Point Lookout Trail, get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, then explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park journey planner .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 24°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cortez
Highlights from your plan
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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