20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

20 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Boulder
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Shop till you drop at The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops and Outlets at Castle Rock. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City, approximately Cañon City away. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and wander the streets of Old Colorado City.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs attractions planning app.

Dublin, Ireland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Shopping · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder

— 3 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Head to 16th Street Mall and Pearl Street Mallfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boulder: Estes Park (Earthwood Artisans & Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, get outside with Rocky Mountain Anglers, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Boulder trip website.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Boulder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in Boulder sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 nights
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 6th (Thu): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and then do a tasting at Fox Fire Farms Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Honeyville, and then soothe aching muscles at Durango Hot Springs.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Durango online vacation planner.

Fly from Boulder to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boulder in June, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mesa Verde National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get in touch with nature at Arches National Park and Delicate Arch. Change things up with a short trip to Downtown Grand Junction in Grand Junction (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Colorado National Monument, and take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Moab online travel planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 41°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 13th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs attractions planner.

You can drive from Moab to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Moab in June, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 22°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Temple Square and Beehive House. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at City Creek Center and Station Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Fashion Place Shopping Mall (in Murray) and Deer Valley Resort (in Heber City). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, admire the natural beauty at Red Butte Garden, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City vacation website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are much hotter, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.