43 days in Colorado Itinerary

43 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
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Denver
— 7 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 6 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Focus on the Family Bookstore and Climbing Tours. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Cañon City (Tunnel Drive & The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey) and The Paint Mines Interpretive Park (in Calhan). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, trek along Seven Bridges Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning website.

Washington to Colorado Springs is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Denver

— 7 nights

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 hidden gems such as Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour and Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax. Head to Boulder County Farmers Market and American Museum of Western Artfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Sasquatch Casino (in Black Hawk), Guanella Pass (in Georgetown) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards, and take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Galleryfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snowy Peaks Winery and The Beach at Grand Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Spas (in Grand Lake) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Chasm Falls, &more). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and stroll through Cub Lake Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 16th (Fri), test the waters at Old Town Hot Springs, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip site.

Getting from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in July; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 82°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Trails

Glenwood Springs

— 4 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Vail (Off-Road Tours & Vail Valley) and Aspen (Aspen Music Festival and School & Maroon Lake Scenic Trail). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

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You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Palisade

— 3 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hermosa Vineyards and Mesa Park Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Stoney Mesa Winery (in Cedaredge) and Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards (in Hotchkiss). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, stop by Peach Street Distillers, and make a trip to Clark Family Orchards.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Palisade trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Palisade are much warmer (93°F), and nights are a bit warmer (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Town Park and Ouray County Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Telluride (Cornet Creek Falls, San Miguel River, &more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, and admire all the interesting features of Animas Forks.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ouray planning tool.

Getting from Palisade to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Palisade in July; daily highs in Ouray reach 74°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durango

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Honeyville and Wines of the San Juan. Go for a jaunt from Durango to Ignacio to see Fox Fire Farms Winery about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Duranglers Flies and Supplies.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durango tour itinerary maker.

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 July, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll set off for Pagosa Springs on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Pagosa Springs

— 6 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tierra Wools and Mountainview Mall. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Juan River Walk and Diamond Hitch Stables. Explore Pagosa Springs' surroundings by going to Three Barrel Brewing Co (in Del Norte), Heron Lake State Park (in Alcalde) and Last Chance Mine (in Creede). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, trek along Fourmile Falls Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 49°F. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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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.