16 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

16 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  30​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Montrose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  17​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You've added Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sun), stroll around Garden of the Gods. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls, and then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker app .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, Switzerland of America Tours and Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, then see the top attractions with Switzerland of America Tours, and finally boost your wellbeing at Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ouray online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Ouray takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In July, Ouray is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Tours Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour ©
Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour
Ouray Hot Springs Pool ©
Ouray Hot Springs Pool

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.
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Getting from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). You will leave for Montrose on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

2
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colorado National Monument, Montrose Water Sports Park and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey. On the 20th (Sat), explore the activities along Montrose Water Sports Park. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Gunnison Point and then take in the awesome beauty at Tomichi Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Montrose trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Montrose takes 3.5 hours. July in Montrose sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fruita, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Delicate Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then explore the ancient world of Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

Make your Arches National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Montrose to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Arches National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs holiday builder .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (68°F), and nights are a bit cooler (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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 26th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and finally get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (91°F), and nights are a bit warmer (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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