16 days in Dodge City & Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Dodge City & Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Dodge City & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sand Springs
Drive:  5​h 45​min
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Dodge City
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
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Pueblo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  13​h
End: Sand Springs

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Dodge City

Dodge City
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dodge City road trip website .

Sand Springs to Dodge City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Sand Springs in August, Dodge City is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Pueblo.

Things to do in Dodge City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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Pueblo

Pueblo ©
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. Plan my Pueblo trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Dodge City to Pueblo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Dodge City to Pueblo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dodge City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pueblo, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pueblo

Museums Nightlife
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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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip maker site .

You can drive from Pueblo to Colorado Springs in an hour. While traveling from Pueblo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at The Source and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and then do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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Denver

Denver
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Denver holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio, pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Denver in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Trails Parks

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
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Thermal Spas
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

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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 17th (Fri): hike along Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center, then make a trip to Step House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

Start your trip to Mesa Verde National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, do a tasting at Fox Fire Farms Winery, and then look for gifts at Honeyville. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Durango travel route planner .

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 August in Durango, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fox Fire Farms Winery, Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

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