19 days in Colorado & Organ Itinerary

19 days in Colorado & Organ Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado & Organ Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Organ
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), hike along Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

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New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista route planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. In May, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 72°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

3
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

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You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, make a trip to 16th Street Mall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then stroll through Mt Ida Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Organ.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
day
Organ

Organ ©
Organ is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Aguirre Spring Campground.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Organ trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to Organ. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May; daily highs in Organ reach 83°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Organ

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Aguirre Spring Campground ©
Aguirre Spring Campground

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, delve into the distant past at Long House, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday planning tool .

Getting from Organ to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Organ in May, with highs in Mesa Verde National Park at 72°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trek along Animas River Trail, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Durango travel 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. In May in Durango, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 35°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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