45 days in Colorado Itinerary

45 days in Colorado Itinerary

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45 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly:  29​h
1
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Paonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Durango
— 9 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Ulaanbaatar

4
nights
Estes Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Winter Park Resort and Thunder Lake day hike or backpack. Shop till you drop at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill & Trail Ridge Road), Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the exhibits of Art Center of Estes Park Gallery, look for gifts at Omnibus, and take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planning site .

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Estes Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Estes Park. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in February: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 12°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Denver Zoo and Flatirons. Get a sense of the local culture at 16th Street Mall and Denver Botanic Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Liberty Puzzles, Boulder County Farmers Market, & more), Cussler Museum (in Arvada) and Littleton Museum (in Littleton). The adventure continues: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in February: highs in Denver hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, Arvada, Littleton Museum, Crown Hill Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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.
Visiting Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to American Classics Marketplace or Ruxton's Trading Post. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Center for American Values & Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum). There's lots more to do: stroll through Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, get engrossed in the history at Manitou Springs Heritage Center, and browse the exhibits of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs vacation planning app .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Steamboat Art Company. Escape the urban bustle at Steamboat Ski Resort and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, explore the world behind art at Steamboat Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church, and fly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

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

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in March, things will get little chillier in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 8°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Northwest Colorado
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

4
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Get in touch with nature at Vail Mountain Resort and Beaver Creek Ski Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: Breckenridge (Breckenridge Ski Resort & Olive Fusion) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). There's more to do: hit the slopes at Copper Mountain.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Vail driving holiday planner .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in March, plan for slightly colder days in Vail, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Keystone Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

4
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Hanging Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Cooper Corner Gallery and Union Congregational Church. Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Crested Butte and see Crested Butte Nordic Center, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, explore the world behind art at Carbondale Public Art, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Crested Butte, Carbondale Public Art, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Sat), trek along Rifle Arch Trail, admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rifle online vacation planner .

Rifle is very close to Glenwood Springs. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in March: highs in Rifle hover around 16°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Arch Trail ©
Rifle Arch Trail

2
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Snowmass Village online vacation planner .

You can drive from Rifle to Snowmass Village in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rifle in March, expect Snowmass Village to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Paonia.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Buttermilk Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

2
nights
Paonia

Paonia ©
Paonia is a statutory town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): do a tasting at Stoney Mesa Winery, do a tasting at Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Azura Cellars and Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stone Cottage Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Paonia day trip planner .

Getting from Snowmass Village to Paonia by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Snowmass Village in March: high temperatures in Paonia hover around 19°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Paonia

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Stoney Mesa Winery
Highlights from your plan
Azura Cellars and Gallery ©
Azura Cellars and Gallery
Stone Cottage Cellars ©
Stone Cottage Cellars

9
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 a sense of the local culture at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Visiting Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Durango Snowbike Experience will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum. (in Dolores), Mesa Verde National Park (Park Point, Spruce Tree House, & more) and Ouray Alchemist Museum (in Ouray). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum.

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You can drive from Paonia to Durango in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Paonia in March, with highs in Durango at 15°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores, Ouray Alchemist Museum, Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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