12 days in Aspen & Estes Park Itinerary

12 days in Aspen & Estes Park Itinerary

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12 days in Aspen & Estes Park Itinerary

Start: Aspen
1
Aspen
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Aspen

8
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Spas & Wellness (in Glenwood Springs), Rifle Falls (in Rifle) and Breckenridge (Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, Breckenridge Distillery, & more). The adventure continues: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Booth Falls Trail, take a stroll through Vail Valley, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder app .

Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Elevation Beer Company, Dillon Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Breckenridge Distillery ©
Breckenridge Distillery

3
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then admire the majestic nature at State Forest State Park. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, explore the activities along Sky Pond, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip builder site .

Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, Estes Park is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, State Forest State Park
Highlights from your plan
State Forest State Park ©
State Forest State Park
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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