20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Penrose Heritage Museum and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, visit Old Colorado City, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 16-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 Dublin in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 3rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Valley Resort, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Assembly Hall. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Beehive House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City road trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Salt Lake City when traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Visiting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will get you outdoors. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Observation Point, stroll through Angel's Landing, and cruise along Zion Shuttle.

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Getting from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Zion National Park, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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 8th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Snowmass Sports and then hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect colder 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 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Arches National Park and Turret Arch will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Downtown Grand Junction (in Grand Junction) and Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument and admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Moab online day trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Moab to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

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Traveling by car from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Moab in June: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 37°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Denver

— 3 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.
16th Street Mall and St. John's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Denver Union Station and Grant-Humphreys Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park, see where the action happens at Coors Field, and browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning website.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Denver: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.