8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Grand Junction
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Des Moines

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. On the 16th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

Des Moines to Grand Junction is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Des Moines to Grand Junction, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Des Moines, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Neighborhoods Wineries

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Meadery of the Rockies
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Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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Durango

Durango ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Durango in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in June; daily highs in Durango reach 85°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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Million Dollar Highway
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Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

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Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Emerald Lake Trail and Mountain Blown Glass. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Estes Park and Bear Necessities & Cubs. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the galleries of Art Center of Estes Park Gallery, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Park Visitor Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Neighborhoods

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Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

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