9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Rifle
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll around Garden of the Gods. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 16-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in December, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (45°F), and nights are much colder (18°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip
Battlefield Colorado ©
Entertainment Center
Battlefield Colorado
4.9

2
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then get a taste of life in the country at Glacier Creek Stables, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Trail Ridge Road ©
Must see
Trail Ridge Road
4.9
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Emerald Lake Trail
4.9
Hallett Peak ©
Mountain
Hallett Peak
5.0

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Rifle

The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rifle trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Rifle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rifle, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Rifle Gap State Park ©
State Park
Rifle Gap State Park
4.5

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ashcroft Ghost Town.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Rifle to Aspen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in December, and nighttime lows around 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Aspen Snowmass ©
Ski Area
Aspen Snowmass
4.7

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