32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Telluride
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salida
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine. On the next day, get outside with Telluride Outside, contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, then wander the streets of Town Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Telluride trip planner.

El Paso to Telluride is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Paso, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Durango

— 5 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Million Dollar Highway and Hovenweep National Monument. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Purgatory Resort and Animas River Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Ouray (Yankee Boy Basin & Ouray Alchemist Museum), Off-Road Tours (in Silverton) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at The Snowbike Experience, shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Telluride to Durango by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Durango when traveling from Telluride in December, with lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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. On the 22nd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally stroll through San Juan River Walk.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salida.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Salida

— 3 nights
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at Monarch Mountain and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV. Explore hidden gems such as Elevation Beer Company and Monarch Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salida: Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (in Pueblo) and Colorado Gators Reptile Park (in Mosca). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, trot along with Mt Princeton Riding Stables & Equestrian Center, take in the local highlights with Salida Walking Tours, and test the waters at Mount Princeton Historic Bath House & Hot Springs.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Salida holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Salida takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Salida, with lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Salida

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Aspen

— 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunlight Mountain Resort and Aspen Highlands. Step out of the city life by going to Buttermilk Mountain and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Spas, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rio Grande Trail, gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Salida to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, Aspen is a bit cooler than Salida - with highs of 35°F and lows of 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take a memorable tour with Wild West Balloon Adventures, then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of life in the country at Dutch Creek Ranch, take a pleasant ride with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary website.

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in December, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit cooler (29°F), and nights are about the same (9°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 4 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Loveland Ski Area and Blue River Sports. Step out of the city life by going to Frisco Adventure Park and Breckenridge Nordic Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Vail (Booth Falls Trail, Vail / Beaver Creek Resort, &more) and Keystone Lake (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 10, contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir, test your team's savvy at Frisco Escape Room, and head outdoors with Breckenridge Freeride Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Breckenridge, with lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 6 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Estes Park Guided Tours and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dancing Pines Distillery and Odell Brewing Company. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Mount Sanitas Trail, Boulder Creek Path, &more), Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Grand Lake (Winding River Resort Stables, Spas, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Gardens on Spring Creek, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, sample the fine beverages at Elkins Distilling Co., and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip website.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in January: highs in Estes Park hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Royal Gorge Helitours and Manitou Springs Incline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Cañon City (Museum of Colorado Prisons & Tunnel Drive), Mueller State Park (in Divide) and Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (in Pueblo). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf Adventures, listen to music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online road trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. January in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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.