12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Silverton
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Crested Butte
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h
End: New York City

1
night
Montrose

Montrose
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Montrose trip website .

New York City to Montrose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Montrose. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Montrose, with lows around 60°F. You'll set off for Silverton on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Outdoors Nature

few
hours
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Molas Pass as well as Million Dollar Highway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Silverton trip planner .

You can drive from Montrose to Silverton in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Montrose in July, with highs in Silverton at 74°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Molas Pass ©
Molas Pass

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vallecito Lake, Uncompahgre Gorge and Animas Forks. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Vallecito Lake, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip planning site .

You can drive from Silverton to Ouray in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ouray are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Vallecito Lake
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Juan National Forest as well as Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. On the 21st (Sun), take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango vacation maker .

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan

1
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.
You've now added Mesa Verde National Park to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sun), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel route builder site .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): walk around Buena Vista River Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

Before you visit Buena Vista, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. You've now added Grand Mesa to your itinerary. On the 24th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Grand Junction in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 93°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Palisade, Delicate Arch, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

3
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schofield Pass, White River National Forest and Kebler Pass. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers, then cruise along Schofield Pass, and then delve into the lush surroundings at White River National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Union Congregational Church and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Crested Butte trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Crested Butte takes 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in July: high temperatures in Crested Butte hover around 79°F and lows are around 48°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aspen, White River National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass

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