9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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.
Visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Cheyenne Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder app .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be colder, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Rifle Gap State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (66°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip builder .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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.
On the 21st (Fri), cruise along Ruins Road, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Park Point and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online route planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

Similar Plans

10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM KUWAIT June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans