9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  27​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Rifle
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Colorado Springs

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planner .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. 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 Dallas to Colorado Springs. When traveling from Dallas in July, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 58°F. You'll set off for Buena Vista on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nightlife

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip builder app .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Peak.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
day
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Wed), see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, and then get lost in a book at Rifle Branch Library.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rifle trip site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Rifle in 5 hours. In July in Rifle, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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