27 days in Colorado Itinerary

27 days in Colorado Itinerary

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27 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Silverton
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Gunnison
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
11
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sun), trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip planning tool .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in Estes Park are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are little chillier (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Crown Hill Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
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.
Garden of the Gods has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Thu), walk around Garden of the Gods, explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

1
night
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 13th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip planning tool .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in June: highs in Buena Vista hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Silverton.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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. Change things up with a short trip to Piedra Falls in Pagosa Springs (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: cruise along Million Dollar Highway, take a memorable tour with Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Silverton Mountain, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Silverton trip builder website .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Silverton in 4 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Silverton, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gunnison.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Piedra Falls
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Silverton Mountain ©
Silverton Mountain
Ice Lakes Trailhead ©
Ice Lakes Trailhead

3
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, hike along Lower Loop Mountain Bike Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Kebler Pass. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curecanti National Recreation Area and then go for a stroll along the water at Blue Mesa Fishing.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gunnison attractions planner .

Drive from Silverton to Gunnison in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gunnison when traveling from Silverton in June, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Crested Butte
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Gunnison National Forest ©
Gunnison National Forest

3
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.
On the 24th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip app .

Drive from Gunnison to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Gunnison in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cortez, Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House

3
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 27th (Sat): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, see Off-Road Tours, and then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, hike along Cascade Falls Park, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ouray road trip app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Ouray in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 72°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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