18 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Grand Lake
— 1 night
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
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Vail
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Telluride
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Alamosa
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
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Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Evans Scenic Byway as well as Denver Zoo. On the 2nd (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Denver is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Manchester in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denver, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 3rd (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then sample the fine beverages at Spirit Hound Distillery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Grand Lake

— 1 night
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Lake road trip planning website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 2 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Grand Lake: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Idaho Springs

— 1 night
The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Sun), hike along St Mary's Glacier, stop by Hotel de Paris Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Idaho Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Idaho Springs in 2 hours. In June in Idaho Springs, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 6th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vail travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in June, expect Vail to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 7th (Tue), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Grand Junction

— 1 night
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. On the 8th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa and then visit Downtown Grand Junction.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in June: highs in Grand Junction hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will leave for Moab on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Grand Junction

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Moab is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Moab trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Moab in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): head outdoors with Telluride Outside, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Telluride trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Moab to Telluride by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Moab, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Telluride to Durango in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Telluride in June, expect nights in Durango to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Alamosa

— 1 night
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and then sample the tasty concoctions at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Alamosa trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Durango to Alamosa in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Alamosa are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip site.

Drive from Alamosa to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Alamosa in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.