8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

2
nights
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.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and The Beach at Grand Lake will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online journey builder .

Des Moines to Estes Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Estes Park is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Des Moines in August, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. On your second day here, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial and then explore and take pictures at Colorado National Monument.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fruita trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Fruita in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fruita, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in August, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (64°F), and nights are a bit cooler (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

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