14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Bus:  1 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Denver

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planning tool .

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Long House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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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.
On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trek along Animas River Trail. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Durango are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, make a trip to Idarado Mine, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ouray trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
On the 26th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Alluvial Fan and Emerald Lake Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Alberta Falls and Old Fall River Road. Step out of Estes Park with an excursion to Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, view the masterpieces at Art Center of Estes Park Gallery, and shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online route planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Estes Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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