12 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Durango Itinerary

12 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Durango Itinerary

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12 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Durango Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Albuquerque

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Estes Park). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, explore the activities along Crown Hill Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens.

Plan my day in Denver using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Albuquerque to Denver is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Avery Brewing Company, River Rafting & Tubing, Trail Ridge Road, Horseback Riding Tours, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip app .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Long House, Cliff Palace, & more) and Balloon Rides (in Albuquerque). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Honeyville, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Durango trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Durango, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balloon Rides
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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