22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Grand Island
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Grand Island

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bear Creek Falls and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Climbing Tours. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Durango Community Recreation Center, stop by Honeyville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, and take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durango itinerary planner.

Grand Island to Durango is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Island to Durango due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Grand Island in June since evenings lows in Durango dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Petroglyph Point Hike and Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spruce Tree House and Cortez Cultural Center. Step out of Cortez to go to Mesa Verde National Park and see Balcony House, which is approximately 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Hovenweep National Monument.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cortez trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Durango to Cortez by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

4
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade Falls Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. There's still lots to do: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Cortez in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rio Grande Trail and Independence Ghost Town. Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen vacation builder.

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In June in Aspen, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Ghost Town ©
Independence Ghost Town
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Park Historical Foundation and Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa. Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to St. Elmo in Nathrop (about 42 minutes away). There's more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista vacation builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, St. Elmo
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
St. Elmo ©
St. Elmo

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Beach at Grand Lake and Zipline. Take a break from the city and head to Alluvial Fan and Emerald Lake Trail. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Fort Collins to see Horsetooth Mountain Open Space about 1h 35 min away. It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Estes Park vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect Estes Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 54°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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