19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Alluvial Fan. Escape the urban bustle at Emerald Lake Trail and Lily Lake. Take a break from Estes Park with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Grand Lake, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Bear Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Adams Falls Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park itinerary builder.

Kansas City to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Estes Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hanging Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and The John Denver Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, stop by Sioux Villa Curio, and take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs sightseeing planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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 11th (Tue), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then stop by Enstrom's, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies and then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction vacation builder.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Grand Junction hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Palisade
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

5
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade Falls Park and Perimeter Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Ghost & Vampire Tours and Yankee Boy Basin. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in July: highs in Ouray hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 51°F. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway State Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Tue), trek along Piedra River Trail and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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