60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 7 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 10 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
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Vail
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Eldorado Canyon State Park. Visiting Roxborough State Park and Eldorado Canyon will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Boulder Creek Path & Avery Brewing Company), The Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg) and Castlewood Canyon State Park (in Franktown). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and explore the activities along Evergreen Lake.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Colorado Springs — 10 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.
Visit Bishop Castle and Rosemount Museum for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Manitou Springs Incline and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant), Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (in Pueblo) and Cañon City (The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey & Tunnel Drive). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Colorado Wolf Adventures, stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, stop by Focus on the Family Bookstore, and trek along Palmer Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Pagosa Springs.
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Pagosa Springs — 4 nights

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Colorado Gators Reptile Park and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV. Popular historic sites such as Chimney Rock National Monument and Last Chance Mine are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and trek along San Juan River Walk.

Make your Pagosa Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, things will get a bit cooler in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 63°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park — 5 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spruce Tree House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Long House and Balcony House. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Park Point, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and hike along Farming Terraces.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Durango — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Million Dollar Highway and Animas River Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Hovenweep National Monument and Rotary Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center & Canyon Trails Ranch Guided Horse Tours) and Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum (in Dolores). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durango travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Ouray.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Side Trips

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ouray County Museum and Yankee Girl Mine. Visiting Perimeter Trail and South Rim Road will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Telluride (Main Street, Bear Creek Falls, &more) and Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose). And it doesn't end there: hike along Cascade Falls Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, and make a trip to Idarado Mine.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online day trip planner.

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. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Glenwood Springs — 5 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 Hanging Lake and Zipline. Visiting Rifle Falls and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail & Rio Grande Trail). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, examine the collection at Glenwood Railroad Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit cooler 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 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.
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Vail — 5 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Booth Falls Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Vail Recreation Path and Off-Road Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Dillon Reservoir (in Dillon), Breckenridge (Barney Ford Victorian House, Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, &more) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Vail trip planning site.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for little chillier days in Vail, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Steamboat Springs — 5 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Steamboat Lake State Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. The adventure continues: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, and take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planning app.

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Vail in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 9 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.
Get some historical perspective at Chapel on the Rock and Mariano Medina's Grave. Escape the urban bustle at Emerald Lake Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Grand Lake (Winding River Resort Stables, The Beach at Grand Lake, &more), Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road, Chasm Falls, &more) and Fort Collins (Cache La Poudre River & Horsetooth Mountain Open Space). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and hike along Devil's Backbone Trail.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planning website.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, expect Estes Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.