5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  4​h
1
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

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Aspen

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen tour itinerary planning tool .

Phoenix to Aspen is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, Aspen is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see a world frozen in time at Winfield, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Byers-Evans House, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver day trip app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Long House, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mesa Verde National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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