11 days in Montana, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

11 days in Montana, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Guidelines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, then examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and finally get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bozeman holiday planning tool.

Fresno to Bozeman is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Fresno in April; daily highs in Bozeman reach 56°F and lows reach 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bozeman to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bozeman in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): walk around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation. On the next day, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 6th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Moab takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Colorado Springs in April, expect nights in Moab to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Zion National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon, get great views at Observation Point, explore and take pictures at Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Moab to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.