13 days in Santa Fe & Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Santa Fe & Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Santa Fe & Colorado Itinerary

Start: El Paso
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Ruidoso

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 30th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

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El Paso to Santa Fe is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from El Paso in June; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 89°F and lows reach 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for Buena Vista.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve
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Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Buena Vista takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Santa Fe - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

White River National Forest
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

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Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Aspen are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vail driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in July: highs in Vail hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, River Rafting & Tubing
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner .

You can drive from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Vail in July, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (91°F), and nights are a bit warmer (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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