18 days in Colorado & Mexican Hat Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Mexican Hat Itinerary

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Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— Few hours
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Denver
— 3 nights
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
7
Fruita
— 2 nights
8
Mexican Hat
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
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Durango
— 1 night

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. On your second day here, stop by Downtown Manitou Springs, then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manitou Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Lafayette to Manitou Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Manitou Springs. Traveling from Lafayette in June, expect nights in Manitou Springs to be colder, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 80°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Canon City
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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.
You've added Helen Hunt Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Glen Eyrie Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip tool.

Colorado Springs is very close to Manitou Springs. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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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.
You've now added Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Denver Union Station and Dinosaur Ridge are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Denver Botanic Gardens and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 52 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park and look for gifts at Chocolate Lab.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Dinosaur Ridge, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Estes Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon ©
Glenwood Canyon

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Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Colorado National Monument to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, then do a tasting at Talon Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then stop by Peach Street Distillers, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, and finally appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Fruita travel app.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Fruita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Fruita are much warmer (93°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Fruita

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Talon Winery ©
Talon Winery
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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nights
Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat ©
Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. You've now added Mexican Hat Rock Formation to your itinerary. On the 5th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Mexican Hat Rock Formation, then stroll through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mexican Hat day trip site.

You can drive from Fruita to Mexican Hat in 4 hours. Traveling from Fruita in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Mexican Hat. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Monument Valley, Bluff Fort Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Photography Tours
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Square Tower House as well as Valley of the Gods. On the 7th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Long House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour planning app.

You can drive from Mexican Hat to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Valley of the Gods
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip builder app.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Museums · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan

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