11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Fly
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Newark in April, with lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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 20th (Sat): shop like a local with Toh-Atin Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durango route planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Glenwood Springs

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

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

Fly from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in April, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 25°F, while days are much colder, around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 35°F, while days are much hotter, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 24th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City. On the next day, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then steep yourself in history at McAllister House.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Denver

— 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 16th Street Mall and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and St. John's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: see where the action happens at Coors Field, steep yourself in history at Grant-Humphreys Mansion, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Denver sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.