36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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36 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
9
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Midland

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo will thrill your kids. Get some historical perspective at Union Station and 16th Street Mall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Flatirons (in Boulder). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and steep yourself in history at History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker website .

Midland to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Denver is slightly colder than Midland - with highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Winter Park Resort, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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.
Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Helen Hunt Falls. Attractions like Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: hike along Pikes Peak, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip planning site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. July in Canon City sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

6
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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Aspen Snowmass will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail, Hanging Lake, & more). On the 11th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Aspen sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fruita planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fruita takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in July, with highs in Fruita at 93°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Farming Terraces, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Long House, don't miss a visit to Step House, and then cruise along Ruins Road.

Find out how to plan Mesa Verde National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and San Juan National Forest. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and stop by Honeyville.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Durango trip maker app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get outdoors at Fish Creek Falls and Yampa River Botanic Park. Kids will enjoy Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Ice Arena. Step out of Steamboat Springs with an excursion to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Walden--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, try out the rides at Old Town Hot Springs, play a few rounds at Haymaker Golf Course, and browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Steamboat Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Durango to Steamboat Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Durango in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

8
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hallett Peak and Horseback Riding Tours. Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Dream Lake will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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