17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Loveland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Montrose
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Alamosa
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
End: Denver

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nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Garden of the Gods as well as Pikes Peak.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planner.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Loveland.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Loveland

Loveland ©
The City of Loveland is the Home Rule Municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Loveland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Loveland in 2 hours. In June in Loveland, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Loveland

Parks Museums Shopping
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Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cache La Poudre River, New Belgium Brewing and Equinox Brewing. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get a taste of local nightlife at Equinox Brewing.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fort Collins itinerary planner .

Fort Collins is very close to Loveland. In June, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 6th (Wed), you're off toEstes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Equinox Brewing ©
Equinox Brewing

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Emerald Lake Trail, Bear Lake, Alluvial Fan, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Lily Lake and then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Bear Lake and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park itinerary planner .

Getting from Fort Collins to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll set off for Grand Lake on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Trail Ridge Road to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Lake trip planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect nights in Grand Lake to be little chillier, around 4°C, while days are colder, around 17°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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. To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip builder app .

Getting from Grand Lake to Grand Junction by car takes about 4 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Grand Lake in June: highs in Grand Junction hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 17°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
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 Painted Wall, South Rim Road and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then cruise along South Rim Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Montrose road trip planner .

Getting from Grand Junction to Montrose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Junction in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Montrose, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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. To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Telluride holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Montrose to Telluride takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Montrose in June, with highs in Telluride at 25°C and lows at 9°C. You will leave for Mesa Verde National Park on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
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.
You've added San Juan National Forest, Long House, Step House, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Telluride in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Juan National Forest
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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. You've now added Piedra River Hot Springs to your itinerary. On the 15th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Piedra River Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip builder site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Alamosa on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Hot Springs ©
Piedra River Hot Springs

1
night
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Luis Valley Brewing Company, Zapata Falls and Little Medano Creek. On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Alamosa online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Alamosa takes 2 hours. June in Alamosa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Little Medano Creek, Zapata Falls
Highlights from your plan
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
San Luis Valley Brewing Company ©
San Luis Valley Brewing Company

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