15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Fruita
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Midland

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 17th (Mon), stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online day trip planner .

Midland to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Midland in September: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
day
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bananas Fun Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fruita holiday builder app .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fruita in 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Fruita can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Bananas Fun Park ©
Bananas Fun Park

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 21st (Fri), cruise along South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Fruita to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. There's much more to do: make a trip to Independence Pass, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Hanging Lake Trail
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough 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 ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Canon City in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
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

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Evans and Denver Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, stop by Belmar, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Denver itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Belmar
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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