15 days in Wyoming, Montana & Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Wyoming, Montana & Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Wyoming, Montana & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  26​h
End: Columbus

1
night
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the activities along Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, then don't miss a visit to Antler Arches of Jackson, then contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip builder website .

Columbus to Jackson Hole is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Columbus to Jackson Hole, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Columbus in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mormon Row Historic District ©
Mormon Row Historic District
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 11th (Tue), trek along Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jackson Hole in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along McDonald Creek, trek along Highline Trail, and then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along St. Mary Lake, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Glacier National Park at 70°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
McDonald Creek ©
McDonald Creek
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, then make a trip to Step House, then make a trip to Park Point, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Step House ©
Step House

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls, then explore and take pictures at Town Park, and then trek along Jud Wiebe Trail.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Telluride, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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