60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
3
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
4
Durango
— 6 nights
5
Telluride
— 6 nights
6
Ouray
— 6 nights
7
Grand Junction
— 5 nights
8
Aspen
— 7 nights
9
Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
10
Vail
— 6 nights
11
Estes Park
— 7 nights

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Manitou Springs Incline and Climbing Tours. Go for a jaunt from Manitou Springs to Divide to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

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Denver to Manitou Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Manitou Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

4
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 Long House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balcony House and Spruce Tree House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Cortez (Canyons of the Ancients National Monument & Hovenweep National Monument) and Dolores (The Anasazi Heritage Center & Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and make a trip to Park Point.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manitou Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cortez, Dolores
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

4
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at The Springs Resort & Spa and Piedra River Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Chimney Rock National Monument and Last Chance Mine. Explore Pagosa Springs' surroundings by going to Creede (Bachelor Loop & Creede Historic Museum). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, shop like a local with Two Old Crows, and explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll explore and learn at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Take a break from Durango with a short trip to Fox Fire Farms Winery in Ignacio, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Animas River Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, and do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango route planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Telluride.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Ignacio
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

6
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Black Bear Pass and Alpine Chapel are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek Falls and Ophir Pass Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Telluride: Silverton (San Juan County Historical Society & Ice Lakes Trailhead). There's much more to do: get outside with Telluride Outside, stroll through Town Park, trek along Bridal Veil hike, and steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Telluride online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Durango to Telluride by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for little chillier days in Telluride, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Silverton
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
Bridal Veil hike ©
Bridal Veil hike

6
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
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 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. And it doesn't end there: hike along Perimeter Trail, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

5
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Downtown Grand Junction and Two Rivers Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Colorado National Monument and Rimrock Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Grand Junction to Gateway to see Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction online trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer than Ouray - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Palisade, Fruita, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Elmo and Ashcroft Ghost Town. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanging Lake and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail & Horseback Riding Tours). On the 8th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Ute Cemetery.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Aspen day trip website.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in October, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, St. Elmo, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

6
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Steamboat Gondola and Fishing Charters & Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Living History Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Steamboat Springs: Steamboat Lake State Park (in Clark), Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden) and Devil's Causeway Hike (in Yampa). There's lots more to do: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Steamboat Springs, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Craig, Steamboat Lake State Park, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, Devil's Causeway Hike
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Wyman Living History Museum ©
Wyman Living History Museum

6
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Visiting Guanella Pass and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Vail Valley and Barney Ford Victorian House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Leadville (Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad & National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum), Breckenridge (Boreas Pass Road, Breckenridge Welcome Center, &more) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and hike along Booth Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Leadville, Frisco, Guanella Pass, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

7
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Visiting Photography Tours and Emerald Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Downtown Estes Park and Lily Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake), Rocky Mountain National Park (Alluvial Fan, Old Fall River Road, &more) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

Start your trip to Estes Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Vail to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in October, you will find days in Estes Park are warmer (°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (°F). On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Flatirons, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours

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