21 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

21 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Denver (Denver Botanic Gardens & Black Shirt Brewing). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs planning tool.

Hartford to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Hartford in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 4 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, stroll through Angel's Landing, and explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Zion National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. September in Zion National Park sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Wildcat Trail, walk around Sandstone Tours, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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Getting from Zion National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Monument Valley, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

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 4th (Mon): make a trip to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 34°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Change things up with a short trip to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at Arches National Park Scenic Drive, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Moab online trip builder.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, Moab is a bit warmer at night with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Aspen

— 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and trek along Linkins Lake Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen journey planner.

You can drive from Moab to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Moab - with highs of 60°F and lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Annual Flower Trial Garden (in Fort Collins). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, see the interesting displays at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Brownfield's.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park visit planning site.

Fly from Aspen to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

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.