60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 6 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
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Mosca
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Grand Junction
— 5 nights
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Glenwood Springs
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 5 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Chapel on the Rock and Wild Basin Area are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Sprague Lake and Spas. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to State Forest State Park (in Walden) and Deadman Lookout (in Red Feather Lakes). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, trek along Cub Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park attractions planner.

Perth, Australia to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be cooler, temps between 9°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 6 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Steamboat Gondola. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Steamboat Springs: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Steamboat Lake State Park (in Clark). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, and admire the majestic nature at Stagecoach State Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip builder tool.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between -1°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 6 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Guanella Pass and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Loveland Ski Area and McCullough Gulch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown) and Argo Mill and Tunnel (in Idaho Springs). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, ski along the peaceful trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center, and stroll through Booth Falls Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Breckenridge are -4°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Dinosaur Ridge and Rosemount Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Pavilion and Helen Hunt Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Littleton (Roxborough State Park & Chatfield State Park), Crown Hill Park (in Lakewood) and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (in Commerce City). There's much more to do: walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mosca.
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Mosca — 5 nights

Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Post Office in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Zapata Falls and High Dune Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Colorado Gators Reptile Park and Mission: Wolf. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Medano Creek (in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve), Crestone (Crestone Artisans Gallery & Elephant Cloud Market) and Fort Garland (Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center & White Mountain Trading Post). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at San Luis State Park, take some stellar pictures from UFO Watchtower, witness a stunning natural landmark at Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV, and appreciate the history behind Ludlow Massacre Monument Colorado.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mosca journey builder site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Mosca in 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in December: high temperatures in Mosca hover around 3°C and lows are around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.
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Pagosa Springs — 5 nights

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Piedra Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore Pagosa Springs' surroundings by going to Chimney Rock National Monument (in Chimney Rock) and Creede (Last Chance Mine, Bachelor Loop, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and hike along San Juan River Walk.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Getting from Mosca to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mosca in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pagosa Springs, with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) 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.
Spruce Tree House and Mesa Verde National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Balcony House and Petroglyph Point Hike. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail, make a trip to Park Point, hike along Point Lookout Trail, and explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.
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Ouray — 4 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get some historical perspective at Ouray County Museum and Yankee Girl Mine. Get some cultural insight at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway), Montrose (Museum of the Mountain West & Ute Indian Museum) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray route maker app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.
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Grand Junction — 5 nights

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Mesa and Museum of the West. Get in touch with nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park and Canyon View Park. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery, learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, and look for gifts at Enstrom's.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs — 9 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.
Visiting Rocky Mountains and Sunlight Mountain Resort will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Hanging Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Aspen Mountain / Ajax, The John Denver Sanctuary, &more), Rifle (Rifle Falls & Harvey Gap State Park) and Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs (in Redstone). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Grand Junction, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -9°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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