13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Castle Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Golden
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

few
hours
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Canon City trip planner.

Phoenix to Canon City is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Phoenix in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Canon City, with highs around 90°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Helen Hunt Falls. Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: stroll through Manitou Springs Incline, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Castle Rock.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
Castle Rock

Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Castlewood Canyon State Park, then hike along Mini Incline, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Outlets at Castle Rock.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Castle Rock vacation planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Castle Rock by car takes about an hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Castle Rock hover around 79°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Golden.

Things to do in Castle Rock

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Castlewood Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Castlewood Canyon State Park ©
Castlewood Canyon State Park
Outlets at Castle Rock ©
Outlets at Castle Rock

1
night
Golden

Golden ©
Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Golden day trip tool .

You can drive from Castle Rock to Golden in an hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Castle Rock in July; daily highs in Golden reach 86°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures or Never Summer Mountain Products. Explore hidden gems such as Adams Falls Trail and Photography Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Old Fall River Road, & more). The adventure continues: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, stop by Brownfield's, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, and stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Golden to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Never Summer Mountain Products
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spruce Tree House and Earthen Vessel Gallery. Attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Purgatory Resort make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Cliff Palace). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect Durango to be a bit cooler, temps between 86°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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