11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h
End: Rapid City

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

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Rapid City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Rapid City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Photography Tours and Trail Ridge Road. Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Estes Park with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Fort Collins--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

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Colorado Springs

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 4th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aspen online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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