15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Muscat

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, then look for gifts at The Glassblowers of Manitou, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Muscat, Oman to Colorado Springs is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Muscat in October, things will get cooler in Colorado Springs: highs are around 22°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Farming Terraces, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker 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. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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 6th (Sat): explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durango route planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. October in Durango sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

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

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rifle Gap State Park and Maroon Bells. When in Glenwood Springs, make a side trip to see Gypsum Creek Golf Course in Gypsum, approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

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Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in October: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells, Rifle Gap State Park, Gypsum Creek Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 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

Side Trips

Estes Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Union Station and 16th Street Mall will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, stop by Belmar, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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