9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  30​min
1
Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Fruita
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

2
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ouzel Falls, Longs Peak and Trail Ridge Road. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Flatirons and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Boulder visit planner.

Denver to Boulder is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October in Boulder, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maroon Bells as well as Hanging Lake. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Boulder to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boulder in October, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

few
hours
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Colorado National Monument has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fruita trip builder site .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Fruita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Fruita: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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. You've now added Bear Creek Falls to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Telluride trip planner .

You can drive from Fruita to Telluride in 3 hours. Traveling from Fruita in October, you will find days in Telluride are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Trails Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

few
hours
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 6th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mesa Verde National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Telluride in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
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.
You've now added Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum to your itinerary.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durango tour planning tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October in Durango, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Tours
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Denver

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denver travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durango in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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