9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Drive:  16​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis

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.
On the 13th (Mon), look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Saint Louis to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Glenwood Springs. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Outdoors

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Trimble Hot Springs.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Durango Hot Springs ©
Durango Hot Springs

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: stop by Earthwood Artisans, take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Estes Park route maker tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
On the 19th (Sun), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Union Station and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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