18 days in Colorado & Mexican Hat Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Mexican Hat Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado & Mexican Hat Itinerary

Start: Lafayette
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Fruita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Mexican Hat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Lafayette

2
nights
Manitou Springs

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. On the 21st (Fri), get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Downtown Manitou Springs, then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Manitou Springs trip builder website .

Lafayette to Manitou Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lafayette in June: highs in Manitou Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 50°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 Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Canon City
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

few
hours
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 Pikes Peak, Helen Hunt Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 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, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, then admire the sheer force of Seven Falls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation planning app .

Colorado Springs is very close to Manitou Springs. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

3
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.
You've now added Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Dinosaur Ridge. Union Station and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park, and look for gifts at Chocolate Lab.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. 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 Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are cooler, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure

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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nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning site .

Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

2
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Colorado National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, then do a tasting at Talon Winery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, and then steep yourself in history at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fruita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Fruita in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Fruita to be somewhat warmer, around 64°F, while days are warmer, around 93°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Fruita

Wineries Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars

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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. Mexican Hat Rock Formation has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Bluff Fort Historic Site, make a trip to Mexican Hat Rock Formation, then take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and finally examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexican Hat online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Mexican Hat takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for warmer days in Mexican Hat, with highs around 90°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) 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 ©
Photography Tours
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©

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day
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Long House, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mexican Hat to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Durango journey builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan

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