22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

1
night
Durango

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 19th (Thu): stop by Honeyville, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Trimble Hot Springs, and then stop by Animas Chocolate Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durango visit planner.

Phoenix to Durango is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Durango is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Animas Chocolate Company ©
Animas Chocolate Company

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
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 21st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Knife Edge Trail and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip website .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

4
nights
Denver

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and 16th Street Mall. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Horseback Riding Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Wild Basin Area. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bear Lake, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and stroll through Hallett Peak.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Hanging Lake Trail and Hanging Lake. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Snowmass Sports in Snowmass Village--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa, pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planning site .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Sat), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery and then sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Buena Vista hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery, Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

4
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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum of World War II Aviation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, steep yourself in history at McAllister House, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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