11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Vail
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Vail — 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and then trek along Booth Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail trip builder.

Frankfurt, Germany to Vail is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in May, expect nights in Vail to be a bit cooler, around 0°C, while days are cooler, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the activities along Hanging Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Steamboat Springs — 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 16th (Tue), cast your line with a fishing tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balcony House and Spruce Tree House. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Park Point, contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

Plan trip to Mesa Verde National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Steamboat Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durango.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Rotary Park, then explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, and then hike along Animas River Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durango vacation tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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.