20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Leadville
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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 24th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery and then shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Durango attractions planner.

Detroit to Durango is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Durango due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Detroit in July since evenings lows in Durango dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planning site .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Mills Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mills Lake ©
Mills Lake
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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.
Escape the urban bustle at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Seven Bridges Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Divide to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Seven Bridges Trail

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Buttermilk Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery, and then trek along Grizzly Creek Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Canyon, Buttermilk Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery
Glenwood Canyon ©
Glenwood Canyon

3
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.
On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then take in the waterfront activity at Lake Estes Marina, and then find something for the whole family at Estes Park Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lake Estes Marina ©
Lake Estes Marina
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, then take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

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Drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (62°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Leadville.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Frisco
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
River Rafting & Tubing
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

2
nights
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin and then take in the awesome beauty at Mayflower Gulch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): stop by Rock Hut, hike along Leadville National Fish Hatchery, then hike along Hagerman Tunnel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Israel.

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Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Leadville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Leadville: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Leadville National Fish Hatchery ©
Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Hagerman Tunnel ©
Hagerman Tunnel
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin ©
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin

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