60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner
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Vail
— 7 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 7 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 9 nights
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Denver
— 9 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 6 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 7 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Vail — 7 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and McCullough Gulch. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: Mount Elbert (in Leadville), Frisco (Rainbow Lake, Frisco Adventure Park, &more) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, cast your line with Vail Valley Anglers, trek along Lily Pad Lake, and see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vail day trip app.

Portland to Vail is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Vail due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in June: high temperatures in Vail hover around 60°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs — 7 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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Rocky Mountains. Get in touch with nature at Hanging Lake and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs (in Redstone), Rifle Falls (in Rifle) and Aspen (Grottos Trail, The John Denver Sanctuary, &more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly Creek Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery, and pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip builder site.

Getting from Vail to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 5 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kids will enjoy Yampa River Botanic Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Steamboat Gondola and The Beach at Grand Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Steamboat Springs side-trips: Grand Lake (Studio 8369 & Winding River Resort Stables) and State Forest State Park (in Walden). And it doesn't end there: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and shop like a local with Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip builder site.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 9 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manitou Springs Incline and Helen Hunt Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant), Divide (Mueller State Park & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center) and Pueblo (Pueblo Zoo & Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Seven Bridges Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmer Park, and examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs visit planning 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 June, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 84°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.
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Denver — 9 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.
Get some cultural insight at Butterfly Pavilion and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Photography Tours and Lookout Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (Argo Mill and Tunnel, River Rafting & Tubing, &more), Boulder Creek Path (in Boulder) and Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park, explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park, go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and browse the exhibits of Hotel de Paris Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 6 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Visit Chapel on the Rock and Wild Basin Area for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to Spas in Grand Lake, about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Old Fall River Road, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and hike along Adams Falls Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In July in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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. Popular historic sites such as Ouray County Museum and Yankee Girl Mine are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Bear Creek Falls. Explore Ouray's surroundings by going to San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton), Telluride (Town Park & Telluride Historical Museum) and Montrose (Ute Indian Museum & Museum of the Mountain West). The adventure continues: hike along Cascade Falls Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, and take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ouray road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 74°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kids will enjoy Off-Road Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Million Dollar Highway and Chimney Rock National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Majestic Dude Ranch (in Mancos), Cortez (Canyon Trails Ranch Guided Horse Tours & Hovenweep National Monument) and Pagosa Springs (Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, San Juan River Walk, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, identify plant and animal life at Durango Wildlife Museum and Fish Hatchery, get advice or help at Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planner.

Getting from Ouray to Durango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 4 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Balcony House and Mesa Verde National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Petroglyph Point Hike and Ruins Road. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Long House, make a trip to Park Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Soda Canyon Overlook Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online visit planner.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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