15 days in Cortez, Kanab & Colorado Springs Itinerary

15 days in Cortez, Kanab & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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15 days in Cortez, Kanab & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Macon
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Cortez
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kanab
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: Macon

5
nights
Cortez

As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Step out of the city life by going to Petroglyph Point Hike and Horseback Riding Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Long House. Change things up with these side-trips from Cortez: Durango (Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, Animas River Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, view the masterpieces at Artisans of Mancos, admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cortez trip planning app .

Macon to Cortez is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Macon to Cortez, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Macon in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cortez, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kanab.

Things to do in Cortez

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Artisans of Mancos
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Horseback Riding Tours
Long House ©
Long House

5
nights
Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and Checkerboard Mesa. Step off the beaten path and head to Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access) and Queen's Garden Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanab: Bryce Canyon National Park (Bryce Amphitheatre & Wall Street) and Coyote Buttes (in Big Water). Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get engrossed in the history at Heritage House, and stroll through Squaw Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanab online trip planner .

You can drive from Cortez to Kanab in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, daily temperatures in Kanab can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Coyote Buttes, Checkerboard Mesa
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Coyote Buttes ©
Coyote Buttes
Checkerboard Mesa ©
Checkerboard Mesa

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get in touch with nature at Climbing Tours and Mueller State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Canon City (The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey & Tunnel Drive). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kanab to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Kanab in July, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Canon City, Divide, Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park

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