9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

Make it your trip
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Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gateway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Fly to Denver, Foot to Denver Airport Station, Train to Denver
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Denver
— 1 night
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Cortez

— 2 nights
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Dolores Canyon has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Dolores Canyon.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez online holiday planner.

Indianapolis to Cortez is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Indianapolis, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gateway.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Gateway

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fisher Towers. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Fisher Towers.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gateway trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Cortez to Gateway in 3 hours. Traveling from Cortez in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 31°F in Gateway. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Gateway

Nature · Parks

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Highlights from your trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Maroon Lake Scenic Trail to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip builder app.

Drive from Gateway to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Gateway in March, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 21°F at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Aspen using our trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Aspen to Denver in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in March: high temperatures in Denver hover around 55°F and lows are around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.