15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Del Rio
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Canon City
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Del Rio

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 16th (Sun): make a trip to Park Point, then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

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Del Rio to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Del Rio to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Del Rio in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can 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 somewhat warmer evenings in Canon City when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Canon City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at The Bungled Jungle.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

The Bungled Jungle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake

4
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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Hanging Lake Trail about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Independence Pass and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Aspen sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
River Rafting & Tubing

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