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
Drive
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Mosca
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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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
— 9 nights
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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 Emerald Lake Trail. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to State Forest State Park (in Walden), Spas (in Grand Lake) and Deadman Lookout (in Red Feather Lakes). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, hike along Cub Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel route planner.

Perth, Australia to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Perth to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get cooler in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 Spas and Yampa River Botanic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Steamboat Springs: Steamboat Lake State Park (in Clark) and The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake). There's lots more to do: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs Adventures, and stop by F.M. Light & Sons.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Steamboat Springs: highs are around -1°C and lows about -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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 Loveland Ski Area and Guanella Pass. Get in touch with nature at Peak 9 and Arapahoe Basin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown), Argo Mill and Tunnel (in Idaho Springs) and Vail (Fishing Charters & Tours, Booth Falls Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll around Carter Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and don't miss a visit to The O2 Lounge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge sightseeing planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around -4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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 North Cheyenne Canon Park and Helen Hunt Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Crown Hill Park (in Lakewood), Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (in Commerce City) and Littleton (Roxborough State Park & Chatfield State Park). The adventure continues: get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, stroll through Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park, and stroll around Rock Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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 San Luis State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV and UFO Watchtower. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (Little Medano Creek & High Dune Trail), Fort Garland (Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center & White Mountain Trading Post) and Crestone (Crestone Artisans Gallery & Elephant Cloud Market). There's more to do: stroll through Colorado Gators Reptile Park and make a trip to Ludlow Massacre Monument Colorado.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mosca day trip website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Mosca in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in December, with highs in Mosca at 3°C and lows at -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Escape the urban bustle at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Piedra Falls. Explore Pagosa Springs' surroundings by going to Creede (Last Chance Mine, Bachelor Loop, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Piedra River Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mosca to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Pagosa Springs when traveling from Mosca in December, with lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Balcony House and Spruce Tree House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Petroglyph Point Hike and Far View Sites. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, make a trip to Park Point, trek along Farming Terraces, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park planning app.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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 Yankee Girl Mine and Ouray County Museum. Get some cultural insight at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ute Indian Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride), Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, stroll through Perimeter Trail, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ouray visit planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in January: highs in Ouray hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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 Downtown Grand Junction. Get in touch with nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park and Canyon View Park. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Children's Nature Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction visit planning tool.

You can drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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 Hanging Lake will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunlight Mountain Resort and Rio Grande Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Aspen Mountain / Ajax, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more), Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs (in Redstone) and Rifle (Rifle Falls & Harvey Gap State Park). 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.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.