17 days in Colorado & Santa Fe Itinerary

17 days in Colorado & Santa Fe Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Denver

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax ©
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax

1
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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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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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 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cross Orchards Historic Site, get curious at Children's Nature Center, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, and finally contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Grand Junction, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fruita, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

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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 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Main Street, look for gifts at Telluride Truffle, and then get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Telluride trip builder app .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Telluride in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Grand Junction in July, expect nights in Telluride to be a bit cooler, around 51°F, while days are much colder, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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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 10th (Tue): stop by Honeyville, examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango tour itinerary builder tool .

You can take a shuttle from Telluride to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in July: highs in Durango hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
River Rafting & Tubing

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Majestic Dude Ranch.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cortez trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Durango to Cortez takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Majestic Dude Ranch
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take a memorable drive along The Plaza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cortez to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Santa Fe are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 15th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Fe to Canon City by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect nights in Canon City to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip tool .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

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