60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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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
— 9 nights
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Denver

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Roxborough State Park. Visiting Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Castlewood Canyon State Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen), The Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg) and Boulder (Boulder Creek Path, Eldorado Canyon, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and browse the different shops at Park meadows mall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver online route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant), Cañon City (The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey & Tunnel Drive) and Divide (Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center & Mueller State Park). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a memorable drive along Shelf Rd, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

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 drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, 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 car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; 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.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Park Point, stroll through Farming Terraces, delve into the distant past at Yucca House National Monument, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip app.

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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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.
Popular historic sites such as Hovenweep National Monument and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Million Dollar Highway and Animas River Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center & Canyon Trails Ranch Guided Horse Tours). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Animas River, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Durango online route planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May in Durango, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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: trek along Cascade Falls Park, go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

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 Rocky Mountains and Rifle Falls. Visiting Hanging Lake 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: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery, 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.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Vail

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

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.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Steamboat Lake State Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and stop by F.M. Light & Sons.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs vacation planner.

You can 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. Traveling from Vail in June, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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 The Beach at Grand Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Grand Lake (Winding River Resort Stables & Spas), Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road, Chasm Falls, &more) and Fort Collins (Cache La Poudre River & Horsetooth Mountain Open Space). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, with highs in Estes Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.