17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Denver
— 3 nights
End: Denver

2
nights
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Denver. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. You will leave for Glenwood Springs on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Uncompahgre Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and Montrose Water Sports Park. Step out of Ouray with an excursion to Cornet Creek Falls in Telluride--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Horsethief Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ouray day trip site .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Montrose Water Sports Park, Cornet Creek Falls
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Climbing Tours
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and Petroglyph Point Hike. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Honeyville. Go for a jaunt from Durango to Blanco to see Wines of the San Juan about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Animas River, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Durango tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Crested Butte.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Wines of the San Juan, Petroglyph Point Hike, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Fri), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers. On the next day, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Gothic and then trek along Buckskin Pass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Crested Butte online trip builder .

Getting from Durango to Crested Butte by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durango in September, with highs in Crested Butte at 71°F and lows at 38°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Gothic, Buckskin Pass
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Buckskin Pass ©
Buckskin Pass
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers

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Denver

Denver ©
On the 24th (Mon), try to win big at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa and then steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek State Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Denver route maker tool .

Getting from Crested Butte to Denver by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, Denver is a bit warmer than Crested Butte - with highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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