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 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Creede
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Boulder
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours as well as WildSide 4x4 Tours. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see WildSide 4x4 Tours, then get interesting insight from Tours, then view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Estes Park route maker site .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, Estes Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Mon), walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip maker .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum ©
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

2
nights
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 11th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Creede.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
night
Creede

Creede ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum, examine the collection at Creede Underground Mining Museum, then contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bachelor Loop.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Creede travel route app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Creede in 4 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Creede to be a bit cooler, around 36°F, while days are much colder, around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Creede

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then admire all the interesting features of Animas Forks, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Creede to Ouray in 4 hours. In September, Ouray is a bit warmer than Creede - with highs of 66°F and lows of 45°F. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Ouray

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Boulder Walking Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of University of Colorado at Boulder. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Summit Lake Park, then take an in-depth tour of Gilpin County Historical Society, and then get the lay of the land with Boulder Walking Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Boulder trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Boulder in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect Boulder to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Boulder

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Summit Lake Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Rabbit Mountain, Gilpin County Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park
University of Colorado at Boulder ©
University of Colorado at Boulder

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