16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
4
Grand Junction
— 1 night
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
6
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
8
Durango
— 3 nights
9
Telluride
— 2 nights

1
night
Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip maker tool.

Fort Wayne to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Wayne to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour

2
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.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, thenidentify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, thenexplore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Denver to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, Aspen is little chillier than Denver - with highs of °F and lows of °F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), hike along Grizzly Creek Trail, thenstroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs tour planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. On the 25th (Tue), you're off to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon ©
Glenwood Canyon
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, thendo a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, and finally hike along Canyon View Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Grande River Vineyards & Winery ©
Grande River Vineyards & Winery
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery
St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and Baby Bath Tubs Trail. Visiting Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway and Horsethief Trail will get you outdoors. When in Ouray, make a side trip to see Montrose Water Sports Park in Montrose, approximately Montrose away. It doesn't end there: go deep underground at Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, expect Ouray to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Montrose Water Sports Park, Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum, Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum ©
Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum

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night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, thenexplore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

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day
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 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Sky Ute Casino as well as Horseback Riding Tours. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, thengrab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, thenlearn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, and finally try to win big at Sky Ute Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip builder tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Durango can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. You will leave for Telluride on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ignacio
Highlights from your plan
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Horseback Riding Tours
Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center ©
Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center

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nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Alpine Chapel, thenidentify plant and animal life at Valley Floor, and then head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Telluride road trip website.

You can take a shuttle from Durango to Telluride in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Telluride: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Juan Outdoor Adventures ©
San Juan Outdoor Adventures
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum

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