36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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36 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London

4
nights
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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Pagosa Springs (Treasure Falls & River Rafting & Tubing) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Plan trip to Durango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

London, UK to Durango is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Durango, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Durango hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Mesa Verde National Park side-trips: Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center & Hovenweep National Monument) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Montrose (Museum of the Mountain West & Montrose Water Sports Park) and Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray route builder site .

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 and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Montrose, Bear Creek Falls, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Bells & The John Denver Sanctuary) and Vail (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens & Horseback Riding Tours). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip tool .

Drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Go for a jaunt from Steamboat Springs to Kremmling to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, cast your line with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Buena Vista: South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Independence Pass (in Aspen) and Riverside Park (in Salida). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Buena Vista River Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Buena Vista in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Independence Pass, Riverside Park, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in August, with highs in Colorado Springs at 33°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake) and Cache La Poudre River (in Fort Collins). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre River
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

5
nights
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown), Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park) and Fort Collins (Annual Flower Trial Garden & New Belgium Brewing Company). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver trip builder website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Fort Collins, Georgetown Firefighting Museum, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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