25 days in Colorado Itinerary

25 days in Colorado Itinerary

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25 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip planner .

Newark to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Durango due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Durango, with lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

3
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Piedra River Trail and Opal Lake Trail. Shop till you drop at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery and Lantern Dancer. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take some stellar pictures from Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower, and identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel planning website .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Opal Lake Trail ©
Opal Lake Trail
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Canyon Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canon City journey planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©

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.
For shopping fun, head to American Classics Marketplace or Ruxton's Trading Post. Get in touch with nature at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, hike along Mount Cutler Trail, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Cottonwood Creek Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in October, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Ruxton's Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Bear Creek Nature Center ©
Bear Creek Nature Center
Cottonwood Creek Park ©
Cottonwood Creek Park

4
nights
Denver

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.
Get outdoors at Mount Evans and Summit Lake Park. For shopping fun, head to Pearl Street Mall or Boulder County Farmers Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Brass Armadillo Antique Mall (in Wheat Ridge), Boulder (Liberty Puzzles & Dairy Arts Center) and Southlands (in Aurora). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, browse the different shops at Park meadows mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planning website .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Summit Lake Park, Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, The Orchard Town Center, Southlands
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

4
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Glen Haven General Store or The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Chasm Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: browse for treasures at Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online road trip planner .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ready Paint Fire! and Western Hardware Antique Mall. Get in touch with nature at Vail Recreation Path and Guanella Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Vail Farmers' Market (in Vail), Dillon Farmers' Market (in Dillon) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Riverwalk Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sally Barber Mine Trail, and browse the different shops at Outlets at Silverthorne.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in October, plan for much colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 47°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Shopping Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Silverthorne, Vail, Guanella Pass, Western Hardware Antique Mall, Dillon Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Ready Paint Fire! ©
Ready Paint Fire!
Sally Barber Mine Trail ©
Sally Barber Mine Trail
Riverwalk Center ©
Riverwalk Center

4
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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Gene Taylor Sports will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Hanging Lake Trail). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Rio Grande Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary website .

Getting from Breckenridge to Aspen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in October, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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