56 days in Colorado Itinerary

56 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 6 nights
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Durango
— 7 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Palisade
— 5 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 6 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 8 nights
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La Junta
— 1 night
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Denver
— 7 nights

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Estes Park — 5 nights

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapel on the Rock and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Estes Park Museum and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons) and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Estes Park online day trip planner.

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Estes Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 6 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Explore hidden gems such as Spruce Tree House and Mesa Verde National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Long House and Park Point. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Step House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Estes Park in June, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.
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Durango — 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hovenweep National Monument and San Juan National Forest. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chimney Rock National Monument and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton), Pagosa Springs (Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park & River Rafting & Tubing) and Dolores (Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum & The Anasazi Heritage Center). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Animas River Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durango route planning site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Durango are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.
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Ouray — 5 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get some cultural insight at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ouray Alchemist Museum and Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Telluride (Main Street, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: hike along Perimeter Trail, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ouray travel app.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Palisade.
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Palisade — 5 nights

Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hermosa Vineyards and Grande River Vineyards & Winery. When in Palisade, make a side trip to see Canyon Pintado in Rangely, approximately Rangely away. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery and hunt for treasures at Palisade Sunday Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Palisade driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ouray to Palisade by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ouray in June, with highs in Palisade at 91°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs — 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and Rifle Falls. Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Vail (Booth Falls Trail & Off-Road Tours), The John Denver Sanctuary (in Aspen) and Walking Mountains Science Center (in Avon). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Palisade to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (66°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 5 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yampa River Botanic Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 8 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and Penrose Heritage Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Rosemount Museum and Rocky Mountain Food Tours. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Bishop Castle (in Rye), Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (in Pueblo) and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Junta.
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La Junta — 1 night

La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site and then examine the collection at Koshare Indian Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read La Junta online trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to La Junta in 2 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect La Junta to be a bit warmer, temps between 94°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 7 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Colorado Model Railroad Museum and South Park City Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Forney Museum of Transportation and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Room Escape Games (in Breckenridge), The Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg) and Annual Flower Trial Garden (in Fort Collins). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Littleton Museum, examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and grab your bike and head to Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Junta to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. When traveling from La Junta in July, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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