12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lubbock
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 30​min
End: Lubbock

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then hike along Palmer Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Lubbock to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lubbock to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lubbock in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mueller State Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road and then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Photography Tours

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nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, and then take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge day trip app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around 32°F, while days are cooler, around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen vacation tool .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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Ouray

Ouray ©
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 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: hike along Cascade Falls Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls.

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Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in October, Ouray is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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