15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Little Rock

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and finally look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip app .

Little Rock to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Little Rock in February: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 35°F and lows are around 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

3
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.
Get outdoors at Aspen Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. On the 7th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's more to do: stop by Snowmass Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Aspen are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango sightseeing planner.

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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

1
night
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 9th (Sat): hike along Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Find out how to plan Mesa Verde National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Head to 16th Street Mall and The Sourcefor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and St. John's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Southlands (in Aurora). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Logan National Cemetary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Denver sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Southlands, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
On the 13th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally stop by Earthwood Artisans. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): trek along Hallett Peak, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. When traveling from Denver in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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.
Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, admire the sheer force of Seven Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in February: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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