8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive to Cortez, Fly to Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights



— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs) and West Elk Loop Scenic Byway (in Carbondale). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, get great views at Independence Pass, and trek along Lost Man Trail.

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Newark to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in October: highs in Aspen hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips


— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Deep Desert Expeditions and then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip planning site.

You can drive from Aspen to Moab in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in October: high temperatures in Moab hover around 71°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Monument Valley

— 1 night
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 4 hours. In October in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Parks · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline and then make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Colorado Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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.

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.