12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Linkins Lake Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen trip app.

Saint Louis to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Aspen is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get a bit warmer in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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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 25th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and finally hike along Prater Ridge Trail.

Make your Mesa Verde National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.