15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tucson
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4​h 45​min
End: Tucson

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.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel route website .

Tucson to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tucson in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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 out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and cruise along Independence Pass.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aspen, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are slightly colder, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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 7th (Sun), get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip website .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in October; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 69°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and 16th Street Mall. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planning website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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