13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights

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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 21st (Mon), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along St Mary's Glacier and then enjoy unforgettable views with Adventures Out West.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online itinerary planner.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 24th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the natural beauty of Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs, and then sample the fine beverages at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then hike along Grizzly Creek Trail, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and finally explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Aspen

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by Explore Booksellers and then hike along Lost Man Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): hike along Horsethief Trail, hike along Cascade Falls Park, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls, and finally stroll through Sneffels Highline Trail. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir, look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ouray driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in June, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (72°F), and nights are a bit warmer (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Ouray

— 1 night
On the 30th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and finally trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray visit planning tool.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, then explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center, trek along Animas Mountain Trail, and then head outdoors with Duranglers Flies and Supplies.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango online travel route planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are a bit cooler (44°F).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.