13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Fly to Laramie, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 4 nights
Drive

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Rocky Mountain National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, and get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area.

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Seattle to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Seattle to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, plan for little chillier nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Go for a jaunt from Mesa Verde National Park to Teec Nos Pos to see Four Corners Monument about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, make a trip to Step House, and hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 4 nights
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.
On the 29th (Tue), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at North Rim. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along South Rim Road, take some stellar pictures from Warner Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Overlook, and admire all the interesting features of East Portal Road.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online journey maker.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.