9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  19​h
End: Austin

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route planner .

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 26th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallett Peak, stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, admire all the interesting features of Glacier Creek Stables, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online tour planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Rifle Gap State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, and then get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rifle trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Rifle in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rifle: temperatures range from 36°F by day to 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Drive from Rifle to Aspen in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Aspen are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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