30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Mosca
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like North Cheyenne Canon Park and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Rosemount Museum, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, &more) and Divide (Mueller State Park & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and make a trip to Ivywild School.

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Columbus to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Columbus in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mosca.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Mosca — 1 night

Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Post Office in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Colorado Gators Reptile Park, then admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mosca visit planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Mosca takes 3 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Mosca, with lows around 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Pagosa Springs — 2 nights

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mosca to Pagosa Springs takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Pagosa Springs when traveling from Mosca in November, with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cortez.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Cortez — 2 nights

As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Canyon Trails Ranch Guided Horse Tours, then get advice or help at Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cortez trip tool.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Cortez takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in November: highs in Cortez hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Ouray — 2 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and then hike along Bridal Veil hike.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Cortez to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Cortez in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Grand Junction — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Enstrom's, then stop by Downtown Grand Junction, and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the West. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Glenwood Springs — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rocky Mountains and Doc Holliday's Grave. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, The John Denver Sanctuary, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in November; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 35°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Breckenridge — 4 nights

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 Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour and Boreas Pass Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown) and Vail Valley (in Vail). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports, and examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Breckenridge can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive
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Steamboat Springs — 3 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Yampa River Botanic Park. When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark, approximately Clark away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, and stop by F.M. Light & Sons.

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You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in November: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours
Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park — 3 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alluvial Fan and Emerald Lake Trail. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, stroll through Cub Lake Trail, get great views at Milner Pass, and wander the wide-open spaces of Glacier Creek Stables.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in November, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 57°F and lows at 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Denver — 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guanella Pass and Estes Park Guided Tours. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins), Rabbit Mountain Open Space (in Longmont) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dinosaur Ridge, and go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.