43 days in Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

43 days in Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Explore Ouray's surroundings by going to Montrose (Montrose County Historical Museum & Museum of the Mountain West), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (South Rim Road & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park) and Telluride (Telluride Outside & Bear Creek Falls). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ouray holiday maker tool.

San Francisco to Ouray is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco to Ouray, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ouray when traveling from San Francisco in June, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mesa Verde National Park (Long House & Balcony House). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durango sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are little chillier (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

5
nights
Albuquerque

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Los Alamos to see Bandelier National Monument about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park, and engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque driving holiday site.

Getting from Durango to Albuquerque by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durango in June: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 93°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
nights
Santa Fe

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos), Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and make a trip to Meow Wolf.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe holiday website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in June, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

4
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Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Eagle Nest (Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker & Cimarron Canyon State Park), Angel Fire (Turquoise Trout & Vietnam Veterans Memorial) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, make a trip to Taos Pueblo, examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taos online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in July, with highs in Taos at 83°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Canon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

5
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Denver

Mile-High City

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 Flatirons (in Boulder), Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online vacation planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
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Estes Park

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Chasm Falls, &more) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip builder.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, stop by Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista travel planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

4
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Aspen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Salida). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 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 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.