60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colorado Springs
— 8 nights
2
Buena Vista
— 5 nights
3
Aspen
— 8 nights
4
Fruita
— 4 nights
5
Ouray
— 6 nights
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
7
Estes Park
— 8 nights
8
Fort Collins
— 8 nights
9
Denver
— 8 nights

8
nights
Colorado Springs

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and North Cheyenne Canon Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor), Divide (Horsethief Falls & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center) and The Abbey Events Complex (in Canon City). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, browse the exhibits of Center for American Values, and take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip website.

Amarillo to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amarillo in August, things will get little chillier in Colorado Springs: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pueblo, Divide, Canon City, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

5
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate South Park City Museum and Temple Israel. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and Wilkerson Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Buena Vista side-trips: Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey), Leadville National Fish Hatchery (in Leadville) and Salida (Spas & Rocky Mountain Mini Golf). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Leadville, Salida, Wilkerson Pass, Kebler Pass, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail), Union Congregational Church (in Crested Butte) and Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale). And it doesn't end there: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and take in the exciting artwork at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Aspen sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Vail Recreation Path, Union Congregational Church, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

4
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Let the collections at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey capture your imagination. Visiting Colorado National Monument and Rimrock Adventures will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at McInnis Canyons Conservation Area, pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils Canyon Hiking Trails, and hike along Mary's Loop.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fruita tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Aspen to Fruita in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Fruita: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey ©
North Fruita Desert ©
North Fruita Desert

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. Visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Yankee Boy Basin will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bachelor Loop and Black Bear Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Montrose (Museum of the Mountain West & Ute Indian Museum), Creede (Last Chance Mine & Creede Underground Mining Museum) and San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum, see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fruita to Ouray in 2.5 hours. In September, Ouray is a bit cooler than Fruita - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake City, Creede, Montrose, Telluride, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Petroglyph Point Hike and Spruce Canyon Trail. Get some historical perspective at Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Long House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, cruise along Ruins Road, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites.

Plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

8
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 Trail Ridge Road and The Beach at Grand Lake will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Cache La Poudre Wilderness (in Livermore), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Pioneer Village Museum (in Hot Sulphur Springs). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and see the interesting displays at Enos Mills Cabin Museum.

You can plan Estes Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre Wilderness, Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, Winter Park Resort, Caribou Ranch Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

8
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Pineridge Natural Area will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Swetsville Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Collins: Greeley (Greeley History Museum, Meeker Home Museum, &more), Old Colorado Brewing Company (in Wellington) and Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, do a tasting at Hunters Moon Meadery, get engrossed in the history at Totally 80's Pizza & Museum, and explore by horseback at Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. October in Fort Collins sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trips

Greeley, Loveland, City Star Brewing, Abbey of St. Walburga, Hunters Moon Meadery
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

8
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Denver Union Station and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Botanic Gardens and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more), Jeffco Open Space Parks (in Golden) and Castle Rock (Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail & Gateway Mesa Open Space Park). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planner.

Drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Denver are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Golden, Castle Rock, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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