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 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bishop Castle and Old Homestead House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (in Pueblo), Divide (Mueller State Park & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). There's much more to do: hike along Palmer Park, explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, stop by Focus on the Family Bookstore, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Springfield to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Springfield in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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 Lily Lake. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see Spas in Grand Lake, approximately Grand Lake away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Adams Falls Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online tour builder.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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 Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Steamboat Gondola and Yampa River Core Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Steamboat Springs: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Steamboat Lake State Park (in Clark). And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, and look for gifts at Straightline Sports Outfitters.

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 · Wildlife · Nature

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 Booth Falls Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Vail (Vail Recreation Path & Off-Road Tours), South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Lily Pad Lake (in Silverthorne). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Quandary Peak, and take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary tool.

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. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you will find days in Breckenridge are little chillier (58°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 Rio Grande 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: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, and trek along Grottos Trail.

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 Ridgway State Park. 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. There's much more to do: stroll through Perimeter Trail, take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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 Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. 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, get interesting insight from Durango Dog Ranch, 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 catch the shuttle 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 Diamond Hitch Stables. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Creede (Creede Underground Mining Museum, Last Chance Mine, &more) and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, hike along San Juan River Walk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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 shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive. 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 fly back home.

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.