16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
9
Telluride
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fort Wayne

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): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planning tool .

Fort Wayne to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Wayne to Denver is minus 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, then explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Aspen road trip planner.

You can fly from Denver to Aspen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in September, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly Creek Trail, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. You'll set off for Grand Junction on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, and finally don't miss a visit to Canyon View Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Grand Junction hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Trails Parks

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park

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 Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Get outdoors at Horsethief Trail and Climbing Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Montrose Water Sports Park (in Montrose), Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum (in Lake City) and Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway (in Creede). It doesn't end there: stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in September, with highs in Ouray at 66°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

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

1
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. On the 29th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, then hike along San Juan River Walk, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
nights
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 30th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, then learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, and finally try to win big at Sky Ute Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Toh-Atin Gallery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. September in Durango sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ignacio
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

2
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum and then admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Alpine Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Valley Floor, and then get outside with San Juan Outdoor Adventures.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Telluride trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by shuttle from Durango to Telluride takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in October, expect nights in Telluride to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum

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