15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Montrose
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
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Denver
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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.
On the 25th (Sat), push the limits with an extreme tour and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver visit planner.

Los Angeles to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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 day by day itinerary now includes Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Ute Valley Park, North Cheyenne Canon Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then stroll through North Cheyenne Canon Park, and finally tour in style with Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 night

You've now added Mosca Pass Trail to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), trek along Mosca Pass Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Spruce Canyon Trail, Petroglyph Point Hike, Balcony House, and other attractions you added. On the 28th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. While traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cascade Creek Trail, Animas River Trail, Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, stroll through Animas River Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Creek Trail, and finally take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

Plan trip to Durango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montrose.
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Montrose — 1 night

The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. You've added Montrose County Historical Museum, Ute Trail, Montrose Botanic Gardens, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), boost your wellbeing at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, trek along Ute Trail, get engrossed in the history at Montrose County Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Montrose Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Montrose attractions tool.

You can drive from Durango to Montrose in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Durango in June, Montrose is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aspen.
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Aspen — 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hanging Lake Trail, Thermal Spas, Independence Pass, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, get great views at Independence Pass, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Montrose to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in July, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 5 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You've added Holzwarth Historic Site, Wild Basin Area, Chapel on the Rock, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Grand Lake (about 1h 40 min away). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Sheep Lakes. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Denver.
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Denver — 2 nights

See some other sides of Denver: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver online trip maker.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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