12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Hanging Lake Trail, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Salt Lake City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in March: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and then do a tasting at Fox Fire Farms Winery. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at Trimble Hot Springs, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango holiday builder website .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. April in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Estes Park

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 5th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, and then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): stop by Earthwood Artisans, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Head to 16th Street Mall and Pearl Street Mallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Station and St. John's Cathedral. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Southlands in Aurora, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, ponder the world of politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, steep yourself in history at History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, and stop by Belmar.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip builder app .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in April, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Southlands, Pearl Street Mall, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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 10th (Fri), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then steep yourself in history at McAllister House, and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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