24 days in Colorado Itinerary

24 days in Colorado Itinerary

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24 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Gunnison
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Montrose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Golden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Silverton
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Gunnison

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Creek Nature Center, make a trip to Olympic Training Center, and then hike along Palmer Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Gunnison to Colorado Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gunnison in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 30°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mueller State Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, cruise along Old Fall River Road, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): trek along Flattop Mountain Trail, then get a taste of the local shopping with Never Summer Mountain Products, and then ride a horse along Winding River Resort Stables.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

2
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. Explore hidden gems such as Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Baby Bath Tubs Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Ophir Pass Trail and Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Go for a jaunt from Ouray to Telluride to see Cornet Creek Falls about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ouray itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Ouray by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 22°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

3
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Montrose Water Sports Park, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of North Rim.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montrose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Montrose in an hour. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Montrose are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Durango.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Montrose Water Sports Park ©
Montrose Water Sports Park
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

3
nights
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.
On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then trek along The Colorado Trail.

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Traveling by car from Montrose to Durango takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Montrose in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Durango, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Berg/Animas Trail
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Trail 403 and then take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Crested Butte trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Crested Butte takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in September: high temperatures in Crested Butte hover around 25°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Golden.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

2
nights
Golden

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
On the 17th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Summit Lake Park and then take a memorable drive along Guanella Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then trek along St Mary's Glacier.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Golden vacation planner .

Drive from Crested Butte to Golden in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in September, expect Golden to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Golden

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Roxborough State Park, Guanella Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, and finally admire the majestic nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction itinerary tool .

You can drive from Golden to Grand Junction in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and bus; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park

3
nights
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Route 550 Gifts. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Silverton itinerary maker app .

Drive from Grand Junction to Silverton in 3 hours. In September, Silverton is little chillier than Grand Junction - with highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Sneffels Highline Trail
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Sneffels Highline Trail ©
Sneffels Highline Trail

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