9 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

9 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Durango
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 30th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durango itinerary planner.

Jacksonville to Durango is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Jacksonville to Durango is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Jacksonville in May, expect nights in Durango to be much colder, around 35°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moab online holiday planner.

Drive from Durango to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May, Moab is a bit warmer than Durango - with highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

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 2nd (Wed): catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Moab in June; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 87°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Nature · Parks · Tours

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point and then take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zion National Park day trip website.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in June, you will find days in Zion National Park are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Colorado Springs

— 3 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 5th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs attractions planner.

You can fly from Zion National Park to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Zion National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · National Parks
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.