15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
Fly
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 3rd (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then stop by The Glassblowers of Manitou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

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Muscat, Oman to Colorado Springs is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Muscat in October, expect Colorado Springs to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 5th (Fri): hike along Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Durango

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango sightseeing website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Durango are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Shopping

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Gypsum Creek Golf Course (in Gypsum) and Rifle Gap State Park (in Rifle). There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Change things up with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake (about 1h 35 min away). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker site.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in October: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and look for gifts at Belmar.

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You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. October in Denver sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.