26 days in Colorado Itinerary

26 days in Colorado Itinerary

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26 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

4
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.
Visit Chapel on the Rock and Holzwarth Historic Site for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Beach at Grand Lake and High Country Trails. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Grand Lake (Never Summer Mountain Products, Grand Lake Golf Course, & more). There's lots more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

Chicago to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are slightly colder (54°F). On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grand Lake, High Country Trails
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online trip builder .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, expect Steamboat Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Holy Name Catholic Church ©
Holy Name Catholic Church

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Booth Falls Trail, examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, and then take a stroll through Vail Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House, then take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and finally grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail attractions website .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Frisco Historic Park and Museum, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
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Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Aspen Highlands.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Vail to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Vail in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
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 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunnison Point, take in the awesome beauty at Tomichi Point, and then get great views at Warner Point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park vacation maker site .

Getting from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yankee Boy Basin and River Rafting & Tubing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yankee Girl Mine and Alpine Chapel. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June; daily highs in Ouray reach 72°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Park Point, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then make a trip to Step House, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour builder tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then trek along Fourmile Falls Trail. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Diamond Hitch Stables, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then go deep underground at Argo Mill and Tunnel.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver trip app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Denver by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Cherry Creek State Park, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel

2
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Denver in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Colorado Springs trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June, with lows around 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon City, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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