40 days in Colorado Itinerary

40 days in Colorado Itinerary

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40 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Mosca
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Cripple Creek
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
13
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h
14
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Hanging Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Independence Pass. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Doc Holliday's Grave about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail, and explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker .

Toronto, Canada to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Aspen. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Toronto in October since evenings lows in Aspen dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, and then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rifle online itinerary planner .

Getting from Aspen to Rifle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Rifle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): ride a horse along The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then don't miss a visit to Clark Family Orchards, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through McInnis Canyons Convervation Area, explore and take pictures at Colorado National Monument, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Grand Junction trip builder app .

Drive from Rifle to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Palisade, Fruita
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, cruise along South Rim Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Rim.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

3
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 outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Animas Forks and Hinsdale County Museum. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, trek along Chief Ouray Mine Trail, and make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip maker .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Hinsdale County Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

3
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek Falls and Valley Floor. Get a sense of the local culture at Town Park and New Sheridan Hotel. When in Telluride, make a side trip to see Island Lake in Silverton, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off-road at Ophir Pass Trail, get a sense of history and politics at San Miguel County Courthouse, trek along Jud Wiebe Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Telluride online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Silverton
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hovenweep National Monument and Balcony House. Get outdoors at Petroglyph Point Hike and Spruce Canyon Trail. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park to go to Dolores and see The Anasazi Heritage Center, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, trek along Point Lookout Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knife Edge Trail, and steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Telluride in November, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (-5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Earthen Vessel Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as San Juan National Forest and Potato Lake Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Animas River Trail, explore the activities along Animas River, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Colorado Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 11°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Get in touch with nature at Great Sand Dunes National Park and High Dune Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mission: Wolf and Rio Grande National Forest. Go for a jaunt from Mosca to Alamosa to see Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls, indulge your thirst for a good beer at San Luis Valley Brewing Company, and identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mosca trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mosca by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mosca, with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Alamosa, Rio Grande National Forest, Mission: Wolf, High Dune Trail
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

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nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Take a break from the city and head to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and White River National Forest. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to St. Mary's Glacier Loop, take in breathtaking views at Poudre Canyon, and explore and take pictures at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cripple Creek trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Cripple Creek takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mosca in November, with highs in Cripple Creek at 17°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get some cultural insight at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Kauffman House Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Emerald Lake Trail. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Cripple Creek to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cripple Creek in November, plan for little chillier nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step out of the city life by going to Yampa River Botanic Park and Yampa River Core Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Backdoor Sports. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Rocky Mountain Ventures, fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name Catholic Church.

Before you visit Steamboat Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 7°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Ventures ©
Rocky Mountain Ventures
Backdoor Sports ©
Backdoor Sports
Holy Name Catholic Church ©
Holy Name Catholic Church

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Manitou Springs Incline. Visiting Garden of the Gods and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in November; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 15°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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