22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Aspen

— 3 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 (Cooper Corner Gallery, Hanging Lake Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, make a trip to Independence Pass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary maker tool.

Rochester to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rochester to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in September, Aspen is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 2 nights
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall, then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Warner Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray route planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray in an hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 66°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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 14th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, then stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 16th (Thu): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, explore the ancient world of Long House, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. September in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

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: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Estes Park Guided Tours.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park online travel route planner.

Fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trip

Denver

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Flatirons (in Boulder), Foster's Place Playground (in Georgetown) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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 Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor), River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, stop by Old Colorado City, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey website.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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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.