5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

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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 21st (Wed): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then get your bearings at Estes Park Visitor Center. On the next day, cruise along Old Fall River Road, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

Plan a Glenwood Springs trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): go deep underground at Idarado Mine, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouray road trip planning app .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Idarado Mine ©
Idarado Mine

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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.
On the 25th (Sun), hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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