52 days in Colorado Itinerary

52 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
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Fruita
— 1 night
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 7 nights
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Cañon City
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 9 nights
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Fort Collins
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 8 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fish Creek Falls and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Steamboat Springs: Clark (Steamboat Lake State Park & Elk River Guest Ranch). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, and look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs vacation planner.

Dallas to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 72°F and lows reach 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Fruita

— 1 night
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Tue), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and then pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fruita online travel planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Fruita in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, expect Fruita to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at San Juan National Forest and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Long House & Cliff Palace) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, look for gifts at Honeyville, and take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Durango online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Fruita to Durango in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Fruita in September since evenings lows in Durango dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Molas Pass. There's much more to do: get outside with Imogene Pass, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, tour or see a game at Ouray Ice Park, and walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

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Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Warner Point, then cruise along South Rim Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

Getting from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Aspen

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Rocky Mountains. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake, Hanging Lake Trail, &more). On the 25th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Quandary Peak. Step out of Buena Vista with an excursion to South Park City Museum in Fairplay--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Browns Canyon National Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, and relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip website.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cañon City trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Cañon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: high temperatures in Cañon City hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 9 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 Trail Ridge Road and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Go for a jaunt from Rocky Mountain National Park to Nederland to see Carousel of Happiness about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder tool.

Getting from Cañon City to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Cañon City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Rocky Mountain National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 3 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to Cache La Poudre River and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Collins side-trips: Loveland (Chapungu Sculpture Park & North Lake Park) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, stroll around Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Collins trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Denver

— 8 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Visiting Mount Evans and Guanella Pass will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Flatirons (in Boulder), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Idaho Springs (St Mary's Glacier, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live event at Coors Field, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and immerse yourself in nature at Castlewood Canyon State Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Fort Collins to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 7 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.
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and Mueller State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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.