15 days in Colorado & Albuquerque Itinerary

15 days in Colorado & Albuquerque Itinerary

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Creede
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planner.

Tulsa to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulsa to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tulsa in June, plan for slightly colder days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Creede.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Creede — 4 nights

The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Bachelor Loop and Wheeler Geologic Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Creede: Lake City (Lake City Cutoff, Hinsdale County Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, make a trip to Creede Frame Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at North Clear Creek Falls, and see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Creede trip itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Creede. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Creede: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Durango.
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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 19th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument, stroll through Rotary Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Creede to Durango by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Creede in June, you will find days in Durango are much hotter (85°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): walk around Garden of the Gods and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durango in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park holiday planning tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Estes Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.
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Aspen — 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Fri), trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then make a trip to Independence Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in June, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 1 night

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planning app.

You can fly from Aspen to Albuquerque in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 64°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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