37 days in Colorado Itinerary

37 days in Colorado Itinerary

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37 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Elk River Guest Ranch in Clark, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, and play a few rounds at Haymaker Golf Course.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Durham to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durham to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in June, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are much colder (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Elk River Guest Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and The Old Fashion Candy Store (in Estes Park). There's lots more to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
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Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

6
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chautauqua Park, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver travel website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, approximately 1h 05 min away. Pack the 2nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls, stroll through Pikes Peak, and explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route planning site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Fri), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, make a trip to Interlaken Historic District, and then get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pike National Forest.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista journey site .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Interlaken Historic District, Pike National Forest
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Interlaken Historic District ©
Interlaken Historic District

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Doc Holliday's Grave, & more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and examine the collection at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Aspen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
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 14th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies and then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fruita planner .

Getting from Aspen to Fruita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Fruita to be a bit warmer, temps between 95°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fruita in July: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 90°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Durango

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

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