50 days in Colorado Itinerary

50 days in Colorado Itinerary

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50 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Farmington
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Farmington

3
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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Purgatory Resort. Take a break from the city and head to The Springs Resort & Spa and Million Dollar Highway. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Chimney Rock National Monument (in Pagosa Springs) and Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and look for gifts at Honeyville.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner.

Farmington to Durango is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect little chillier evenings in Durango when traveling from Farmington in November, with lows around 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Fox Fire Farms Winery, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing

6
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Visiting Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Canon City (The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey & Royal Gorge Anglers). There's much more to do: trek along Pikes Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In November in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

9
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.
Shop till you drop at 16th Street Mall and Southlands. Kids will appreciate attractions like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Plains Conservation Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley), New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins) and Fort Vasquez Museum (in Platteville). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Union Station, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops, see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver tour planner.

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November in Denver, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Fossil Trace Golf Club, New Belgium Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

10
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Bierstadt Lake. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wild Basin Area and Chapel on the Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Lyons Classic Pinball (in Lyons) and Grand Lake (The Beach at Grand Lake & Never Summer Mountain Products). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, explore the activities along Fern Lake, hike along Andrews Glacier Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip site .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. November in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Carousel of Happiness, Lyons Classic Pinball
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Steamboat Ski Resort and Mount Werner. Family-friendly places like Howelsen Ice Complex and Steamboat Springs Alpine Slide will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs holiday app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 29°F and lows about 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

7
nights
Aspen

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.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs), South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista). On the 22nd (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, browse the collection at Pitkin County Library, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aspen online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 35°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, have fun and explore at The Trailhead Children's Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Union Congregational Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Kebler Pass, play a few rounds at The Club at Crested Butte, and then sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Crested Butte online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Crested Butte in 3.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in December: high temperatures in Crested Butte hover around 29°F and lows are around 3°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Union Congregational Church ©
Union Congregational Church

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and then take some stellar pictures from Warner Point.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Crested Butte in December; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 39°F and lows reach 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

6
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Take a break from the city and head to Prater Ridge Trail and Spruce Canyon Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Mesa Verde National Park side-trips: Majestic Dude Ranch (in Mancos), Ute Mountain Casino (in Towaoc) and Lowry Pueblo (in Pleasant View). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, don't miss a visit to Park Point, hike along Farming Terraces, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park route planning tool .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. December in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 15°F at night. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lowry Pueblo, Majestic Dude Ranch, Ute Mountain Casino
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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