42 days in Colorado Itinerary

42 days in Colorado Itinerary

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42 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Greeley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Ouray
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
End: Springfield

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Penrose Heritage Museum. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs vacation site .

Springfield to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Springfield to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Winter Park Resort and Flatirons. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Art Museum and Union Station. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denver journey website .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daytime highs in Denver are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

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.
Get some cultural insight at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Wild Basin Area. Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail will get you outdoors. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see Earthwood Artisans in Estes Park, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and trek along Andrews Glacier Trail.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park travel route builder tool .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. November in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Greeley.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Greeley

Greeley ©
The City of Greeley is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River, see the interesting displays at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, and then experience rural life at Pope Farms Produce & Garden Center.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Greeley holiday maker app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Greeley in 2 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Greeley, with lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Greeley

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Cache La Poudre River
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
Pope Farms Produce & Garden Center ©

5
nights
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 Steamboat Ski Resort and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Elk River Guest Ranch in Clark, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Werner, look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, and fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Greeley to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Greeley in December, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit cooler (29°F), and nights are about the same (9°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Elk River Guest Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

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 Independence Pass and Aspen Mountain / Ajax will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Hanging Lake Trail (in Glenwood Springs) and Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy (in Buena Vista). On the 12th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. The adventure continues: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, and get lost in a book at Pitkin County Library.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 10°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Snowmass Sports, Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, Hanging Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fruita visit planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fruita takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°F in Fruita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
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 14th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): trek along Prater Ridge Trail, hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Fruita in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 15°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Trimble Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the striking landscape at Castle Rock, look for gifts at Honeyville, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Durango day trip app .

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 December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Trimble Hot Springs ©
Trimble Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

4
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. Visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Yankee Boy Basin will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum (in Ridgway) and Molas Pass (in Silverton). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Ouray road trip app .

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in Ouray sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Molas Pass, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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