8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dayton
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Telluride
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
End: Dayton

1
night
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum and then get outside with Telluride Outside. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel, head outdoors with Imogene Pass, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Telluride travel route planning tool .

Dayton to Telluride is an approximately 6-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In July, Telluride is a bit cooler than Dayton - with highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ouray, Idarado Mine
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Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Imogene Pass ©
Imogene Pass

1
night
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.
To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Durango online travel route planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Telluride to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in July, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). On the 8th (Mon), you're off toMesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Independence Pass.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, things will get a bit warmer in Denver: highs are around 87°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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