9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Grand Junction Regional Airport, Drive to Palisade
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Palisade
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Creede
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Fly

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Palisade

— 1 night
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery and then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, and finally do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars.

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Little Rock to Palisade is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Little Rock to Palisade, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Little Rock in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Palisade, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. On the 11th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, then head outdoors with Imogene Pass, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Telluride Outside, make a trip to New Sheridan Hotel, and then hike along Jud Wiebe Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride itinerary tool.

Getting from Palisade to Telluride by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Palisade in July: high temperatures in Telluride hover around 74°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Creede.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Creede

— 1 night
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Bachelor Loop, contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, and then see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Creede trip planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Creede in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Telluride in July, things will get slightly colder in Creede: highs are around 59°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Creede

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, trek along Cub Lake Trail, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Creede to Rocky Mountain National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Creede, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll through Steamboat Gondola, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yampa River Core Trail and then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 82°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

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.