32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
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Fruita
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Crested Butte
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hanging Lake Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Grande Trail in Aspen (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, look for all kinds of wild species at White River National Forest, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, and take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online travel route planner.

Seattle to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in October: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 47°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado, Aspen, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Sun), admire nature's extreme beauty at North Fruita Desert, then contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, and then hike along Mary's Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument and then explore the stunning scenery at McInnis Canyons Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fruita trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Fruita takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, things will get a bit warmer in Fruita: highs are around 67°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
North Fruita Desert ©
North Fruita Desert
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesa Verde National Park and Prater Ridge Trail. Long House and Petroglyph Point Hike will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, make a trip to Step House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planning site.

Getting from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and San Juan Skyway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway) and Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Painted Wall, South Rim Road, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, cruise along Red Mountain Pass, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouray route planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, San Juan Skyway, Bear Creek Falls, Last Dollar Road
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Get some historical perspective at Union Congregational Church and Ute Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Kebler Pass and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Crested Butte trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Ouray to Crested Butte in 3 hours. Traveling from Ouray in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Crested Butte, with lows of 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Colorado City and St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Visiting Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Rye and see Bishop Castle, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Navajo Gallery & Gifts, identify plant and animal life at Bear Creek Nature Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route builder app.

You can drive from Crested Butte to Colorado Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 67°F and lows about 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Bishop Castle
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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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.
Get outdoors at Guanella Pass and Jeffco Open Space Parks. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Castle Rock (Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail & Gateway Mesa Open Space Park). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll the grounds of Fort Logan National Cemetery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denver road trip website.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Golden, Summit Lake Park, Guanella Pass, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Cache La Poudre Wilderness. Get some historical perspective at Abbey of St. Walburga and Wild Basin Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Hallett Peak). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre Wilderness, Abbey of St. Walburga
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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