9 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

9 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

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Denver
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Boulder
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Rifle
— 1 night
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 1 day
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 day
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Colorado Springs
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Denver
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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Atlanta to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Boulder

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Flatirons, Mount Sanitas Trail, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Boulder, use our trip itinerary maker.

Boulder is just a stone's throw from Denver. In July in Boulder, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bear Lake, Alberta Falls and Alpine Visitor Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip site.

You can drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs tour planning tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Rifle

— 1 night
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rifle trip maker app.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rifle in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, expect Rifle to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Grand Junction

— 1 night
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. For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rifle to Grand Junction in an hour. Traveling from Rifle in July, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Arches National Park

— 1 day

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, and finally stroll through Delicate Arch.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Arches National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 97°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Getting from Arches National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (68°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Aspen

— 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maroon Bells as well as Independence Pass. On the 26th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes United States Air Force Academy as well as Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online trip maker.

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Transportation · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denver

Mile-High City

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

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.