52 days in Colorado Itinerary

52 days in Colorado Itinerary

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52 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paducah
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Canon City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Buena Vista
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Durango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
8
Denver
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Paducah

4
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and Bishop Castle. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Pueblo Zoo will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pueblo (Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum & Wet Mountains). The adventure continues: get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers, explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, witness a stunning natural landmark at Dakota Hot Springs, and stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop.

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Paducah to Canon City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paducah to Canon City. Traveling from Paducah in May, things will get slightly colder in Canon City: highs are around 72°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pueblo, Bishop Castle, Dakota Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle

5
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Ski Cooper. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buena Vista: Browns Canyon National Monument (in Salida), Breckenridge (Breckenridge Ski Resort, Hoosier Pass, & more) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). There's more to do: experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy.

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Do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Browns Canyon National Monument, Ski Cooper, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Snowmass Village (Snowmass Sports & Aspen Snowmass) and Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Independence Pass, & more). Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa and shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hike along Rifle Arch Trail, then browse the collection at Rifle Branch Library, and then stroll through Rifle Gap State Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rifle trip planner.

Rifle is very close to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Rifle are warmer (71°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (41°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Arch Trail ©
Rifle Arch Trail
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Kebler Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: Ridgway Railroad Museum (in Ridgway) and Ouray (Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall & Ouray Alchemist Museum). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at North Rim.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ridgway Railroad Museum, Ouray Alchemist Museum, Kebler Pass
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Fox Fire Farms Winery. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Purgatory Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and The Springs Resort & Spa (in Pagosa Springs). There's lots more to do: stop by Honeyville, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango journey builder website .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in May since evenings lows in Durango dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Fox Fire Farms Winery, The Springs Resort & Spa
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cliff Palace and Hovenweep National Monument are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Farming Terraces and Knife Edge Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Mesa Verde National Park side-trips: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center & Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum) and Majestic Dude Ranch (in Mancos). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Long House, make a trip to Lowry Pueblo, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, and contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Lowry Pueblo, Majestic Dude Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Head to 16th Street Mall and Boulder County Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Union Station. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder), Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins). On the 12th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Winter Park Resort. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Outlets at Castle Rock, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Denver hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder, Aurora, Castle Rock, Belmar, New Belgium Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum

9
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.
Appreciate the collections at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wild Basin Area and Downtown Estes Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park), Loveland (Budweiser Events Center & The Dam Store) and The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, explore the activities along Bear Lake, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Loveland, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Old Colorado City Historic District and McAllister House. Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Pikes Peak, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online travel route planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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