15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  7​h
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
3
Canon City
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Honeyville, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company.

Before you visit Durango, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Houston to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Houston, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cortez Cultural Center, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City day trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Canon City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Canon City when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at South Park City Museum and Temple Israel. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: Independence Pass (in Aspen) and Hoosier Pass (in Breckenridge). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip site .

Do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Temple Israel, Hoosier Pass, South Park City Museum, Independence Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

4
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.
Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Benson Park Sculpture Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bear Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planning website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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