30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
9
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Prague

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as New Belgium Brewing and Photography Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland) and Milner Pass (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park holiday builder site .

Prague, Czech Republic to Estes Park is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Prague to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prague in November: highs in Estes Park hover around 16°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, New Belgium Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
New Belgium Brewing ©
New Belgium Brewing
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skyline Drive and Room Escape Games. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 15°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Skyline Drive
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balcony House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, don't miss a visit to Step House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail, and cruise along Ruins Road.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Artisans of Mancos
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Juan National Forest and Animas River Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll through Purgatory Resort, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and hit the slopes at Durango Snowbike Experience.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durango online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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 off the beaten path and head to Treasure Falls and Spas & Wellness. On the 27th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, trek along San Juan River Walk, see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, and stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. When in Ouray, make a side trip to see Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ouray online journey maker .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in November, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aspen Snowmass and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Marble Distilling Co. (in Carbondale) and Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, & more). On the 4th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Aspen holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aspen, with lows of -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yampa River Botanic Park and Mount Werner. There's lots more to do: stroll through Steamboat Powdercats, sample the tasty concoctions at Butcherknife Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip maker app .

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around -15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Powdercats ©
Steamboat Powdercats
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Butcherknife Brewing Company ©
Butcherknife Brewing Company

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boreas Pass Road and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Leadville (National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum & Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Copper Mountain, get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Breckenridge sees daily highs of -4°C and lows of -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leadville, Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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