11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary builder

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Creede
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Georgetown
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Park Point. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Long House, then stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker.

Sioux Falls to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Sioux Falls in September, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Creede.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Creede

— 1 night
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Bachelor Loop, then steep yourself in history at Last Chance Mine, then examine the collection at Creede Underground Mining Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of North Clear Creek Falls.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Creede online vacation planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Creede in 4 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Creede are colder (50°F), and nights are slightly colder (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Creede

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Grand Junction

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center, then do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery, then do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Whitewater Hill Vineyards.

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Getting from Creede to Grand Junction by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Creede in September, plan for much hotter days in Grand Junction, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, cruise along Red Mountain Pass, then take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society, and finally go deep underground at Idarado Mine. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ouray road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in September, with highs in Ouray at 66°F and lows at 45°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Georgetown.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Georgetown

— 3 nights
The historic Town of Georgetown is the Territorial Charter Municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Argo Mill and Tunnel and Guanella Pass. Gilpin County Historical Society and Hamill House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Georgetown to go to Central City and see Grand Z Casino Hotel, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Georgetown, examine the collection at Georgetown Firefighting Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Summit Lake Park, and get curious at Georgetown Energy Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Georgetown day trip planning site.

You can drive from Ouray to Georgetown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Georgetown, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Georgetown

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.