45 days in Colorado Itinerary

45 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 6 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Telluride
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manitou Springs Incline and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bishop Castle and Glen Eyrie Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cripple Creek (Old Homestead House Museum & Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine), Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant) and Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (in Pueblo). There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Focus on the Family Bookstore, and admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website.

Springfield to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Springfield in August since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of the city life by going to Emerald Lake Trail and Sprague Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Fall River Road and Alberta Falls. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see Spas in Grand Lake, approximately Grand Lake away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, hike along Cub Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 4 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yampa River Botanic Park and The Beach at Grand Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Steamboat Gondola and Yampa River Core Trail. Go for a jaunt from Steamboat Springs to Clark to see Steamboat Lake State Park about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 72°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 6 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and McCullough Gulch. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vail Valley and Dillon Reservoir. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Vail (Vail Recreation Path, Off-Road Tours, &more), Lily Pad Lake (in Silverthorne) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Windrider of the Rockies, cruise along Boreas Pass Road, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and go for a stroll along the water at Frisco Bay Marina.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Aspen

— 5 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Rocky Mountains and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Hanging Lake and Crater Lake Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Railroad Museum & Horseback Riding Tours). On the 24th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, hike along Rio Grande Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aspen travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ouray

— 4 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Imogene Pass. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Ice Lakes Trailhead in Silverton, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, go deep underground at Idarado Mine, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan trip to Ouray with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Telluride

— 3 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Get in touch with nature at Bear Creek Falls and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Telluride Outside and Bridal Veil hike. Step out of Telluride with an excursion to Last Dollar Road in Ridgway--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel, admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls, and get outside with Bootdoctors Telluride.

To find out how to plan a trip to Telluride, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Telluride can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner.

Getting from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Telluride in October, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hovenweep National Monument and Animas River. Take a break from the city and head to San Juan National Forest and Durango Dog Ranch. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park, stroll through Animas River Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Durango Hot Springs.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durango day trip tool.

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 October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 5 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colorado Gators Reptile Park and Piedra Falls. Get outdoors at Piedra River Trail and Bachelor Loop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Creede (Creede Underground Mining Museum & Last Chance Mine) and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper). There's still lots to do: trek along San Juan River Walk, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs road trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. October in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.