12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Phoenix

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. Visiting Corona Arch and Slickrock Bike Trail will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and Meadery of the Rockies. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, stroll through Colorado Riverfront Commission, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and look for gifts at Enstrom's.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction driving holiday planner .

Phoenix to Grand Junction is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, Grand Junction is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 64°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Moab, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Corona Arch ©
Corona Arch
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then examine the collection at Glenwood Railroad Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Walking Mountains Science Center and then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in April, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 38°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Walking Mountains Science Center
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Breckenridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): walk around Frisco Adventure Park, get your game on at Tumble Bubbles, take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, then stroll around High Line Railroad Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Breckenridge is little chillier than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 35°F and lows of 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports
High Line Railroad Park ©
High Line Railroad Park

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Fourmile Falls Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Breckenridge in April, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Spas

3
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.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Rio Grande Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buttermilk Mountain. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Highlands and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Aspen in 5 hours. In April in Aspen, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Mill Street Fountain ©
Mill Street Fountain

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