31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  30​h
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Vail
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h
7
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Fruita
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Orlando

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get outdoors at Mount Evans and Arapahoe Basin. Change things up with a short trip to Keystone Ski Area in Keystone (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

2
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 31st (Thu): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and then see the interesting displays at Kauffman House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): hike along Hallett Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. January in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kauffman House Museum
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
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 2nd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Balcony House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Farming Terraces and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi. In February in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 20°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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.
On the 4th (Mon), hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Redstone Castle.

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Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Aspen takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. In February, Aspen is slightly colder than Mesa Verde National Park - with highs of 39°F and lows of 14°F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Redstone Castle Tours
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Redstone Castle Tours ©
Redstone Castle Tours

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak as well as Seven Falls. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Seven Falls, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs route planner .

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In February, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 46°F and lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

3
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.
On the 9th (Sat), make a trip to Main Street. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail road trip site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 26°F to lows of 15°F. You'll set off for Durango on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Vail

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Horseback Riding Tours
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Toh-Atin Gallery, explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip planning app .

Getting from Vail to Durango by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Vail in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then get great views at Warner Point. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ute Indian Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Durango to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3 hours. February in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Montrose
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Great Sand Dunes National Park. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stations of the Cross Shrine, examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mosca tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mosca in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Mosca when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in February, with lows around 11°F. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Garland Museum, Stations of the Cross Shrine, San Luis Valley Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Fort Garland Museum ©
Fort Garland Museum
Stations of the Cross Shrine ©
Stations of the Cross Shrine

3
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Colorado National Monument to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then explore and take pictures at Colorado National Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): trek along Double Arch, don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, and then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fruita trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Fruita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mosca in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fruita, with lows around 25°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fruita

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch

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