32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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32 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fruita
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Crested Butte
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Seattle

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Hanging Lake Trail and Rocky Mountains. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail & Rio Grande Trail). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at White River National Forest.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online travel route planner .

Seattle to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Glenwood Springs is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get a bit cooler in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 47°F and lows about 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 Outdoors Trails

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

2
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at North Fruita Desert, then pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, and then stroll through Mary's Loop. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument and then take in breathtaking views at McInnis Canyons Conservation Area.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fruita route maker app .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Fruita in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in October; daily highs in Fruita reach 67°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Petroglyph Point Hike and Ruins Road. Get some historical perspective at Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and hike along Prater Ridge Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

5
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. Get in touch with nature at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and South Rim Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway) and Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Painted Wall & North Rim). There's much more to do: cruise along San Juan Skyway, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, explore and take pictures at Red Mountain Pass, and admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel route planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Ouray hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Popular historic sites such as Union Congregational Church and Ute Cemetery are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Kebler Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Crested Butte side-trips: Aspen (Independence Pass & Windstar Land Conservancy). There's more to do: sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Crested Butte trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Crested Butte takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ouray in October, Crested Butte is slightly colder at night 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

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Popular historic sites such as Old Colorado City Historic District and Bishop Castle are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Pikes Peak and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Creek Nature Center.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour planning site .

Drive from Crested Butte to Colorado Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in October, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

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.
Get outdoors at Guanella Pass and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get some historical perspective at Denver Union Station and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs), Castle Rock (Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail & Gateway Mesa Open Space Park) and Jeffco Open Space Parks (in Golden). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, stroll the grounds of Fort Logan National Cemetary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Denver sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Golden, Dinosaur Ridge, Guanella Pass, Summit Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Guanella Pass ©
Guanella Pass
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Jeffco Open Space Parks ©
Jeffco Open Space Parks

4
nights
Estes Park

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 Trail Ridge Road and Hallett Peak. Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbey of St. Walburga and Wild Basin Area. Change things up with a short trip to Cache La Poudre Wilderness in Livermore (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

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