14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Salida
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Alamosa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Frisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then head outdoors with Adventures Out West. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, take an in-depth tour of Cripple Creek District Museum, then explore and take pictures at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Homestead House Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manitou Springs online journey maker .

Denver to Manitou Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Denver in June since evenings lows in Manitou Springs dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salida.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cripple Creek
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Cripple Creek District Museum ©
Cripple Creek District Museum

1
night
Salida

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at The Maverick Potter LLC. and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Salida trip builder website .

Getting from Manitou Springs to Salida by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Salida are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Maverick Potter LLC. ©
The Maverick Potter LLC.

1
night
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Great Sand Dunes National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alamosa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salida to Alamosa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Salida in June, plan for little chillier nights in Alamosa, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mosca, Rio Grande National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Rio Grande National Forest ©
Rio Grande National Forest

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, then explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Durango online travel planner .

You can drive from Alamosa to Durango in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Aztec Ruins National Monument, Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center ©
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Park Point, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park route maker website .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Ouray hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Montrose day trip site .

You can drive from Ouray to Montrose in an hour. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Montrose: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 14°C at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Montrose County Historical Museum ©
Montrose County Historical Museum

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Colorado National Monument has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Mon), do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Montrose to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Maison la Belle Vie Winery
Highlights from your plan
Two Rivers Winery ©
Two Rivers Winery
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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night
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Vail Recreation Path.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Frisco online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Frisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in June: highs in Frisco hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Vail Recreation Path
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center
Barney Ford Victorian House ©
Barney Ford Victorian House

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