38 days in Colorado Itinerary

38 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Cartagena

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Estes Park — 5 nights

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 outdoors at Estes Park Guided Tours and Bear Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Emerald Lake Trail and Boulder Creek Path. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Boulder (Eldorado Canyon & Sugarloaf Mountain), Fort Collins (Veteran's Plaza of Northern Colorado & Horsetooth Mountain Open Space) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Alluvial Fan & Trail Ridge Road). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lily Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, trek along Devil's Backbone Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip builder site.

Cartagena, Colombia to Estes Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cartagena to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cartagena in October, things will get cooler in Estes Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mesa Verde National Park and Long House. Step out of the city life by going to Petroglyph Point Hike and Nordenskiold #16 Trail. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and cruise along Ruins Road.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Estes Park in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Durango — 4 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Hovenweep National Monument and Horseback Riding Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Juan National Forest and Animas River Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton), Pagosa Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, San Juan River Walk, &more) and Canyon Trails Ranch Guided Horse Tours (in Cortez). There's more to do: walk around Rotary Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October in Durango, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.
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Side Trips

Ouray — 4 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Yankee Boy Basin and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Perimeter Trail and Bridal Veil hike. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Telluride (Jud Wiebe Trail & Bear Creek Falls), San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton) and Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, go deep underground at Idarado Mine, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip maker app.

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.
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Grand Junction — 4 nights

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Visiting Colorado National Monument and Devils Canyon Hiking Trails will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Grand Mesa and Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum. Explore Grand Junction's surroundings by going to Orchard Valley Farms & Market (in Paonia) and Clark Family Orchards (in Palisade). There's lots more to do: visit Downtown Grand Junction, admire the majestic nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park, learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and hike along Canyon View Park.

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

Traveling by car from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.
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Aspen — 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rio Grande Trail and Grottos Trail. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail in Glenwood Springs, approximately Glenwood Springs away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 18°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trips

Breckenridge — 4 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Step out of the city life by going to Boreas Pass Road and McCullough Gulch. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Blue River Bikeway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Vail (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Booth Falls Trail, &more), Mosquito Pass (in Leadville) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Arapahoe Basin, take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest, explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir, and take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge online trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 4 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Explore hidden gems such as Fish Creek Falls and Steamboat Ski Resort. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Breckenridge in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 5 nights

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 Helen Hunt Falls and Mueller State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roxborough State Park and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Manitou Springs Incline, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and get interesting insight from Colorado Wolf Adventures.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 15°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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