9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Lake City
— 1 day
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Creede
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Telluride
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
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Crested Butte
— 3 nights
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Lake City

— 1 day
The Town of Lake City is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum and then explore and take pictures at Lake City Cutoff.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake City trip planner.

Colorado Springs to Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, things will get little chillier in Lake City: highs are around 66°F and lows about 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Creede.

Things to do in Lake City

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
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Creede

— 1 night
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): cruise along Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Creede trip maker website.

Getting from Lake City to Creede by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lake City in September, with highs in Creede at 50°F and lows at 36°F. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Creede

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of East Portal Road, explore and take pictures at South Rim Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Creede to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Creede in September, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 50°F at night. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Telluride.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hope Lake. Explore Telluride's surroundings by going to Imogene Pass (in Ouray) and Spas (in Ridgway). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, get outside with Telluride Outside, contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Telluride travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Telluride takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September; daily highs in Telluride reach 66°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durango road trip app.

Traveling by shuttle from Telluride to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Telluride in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours

Crested Butte

— 3 nights
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crested Butte: Nathrop (St Elmo General Store Inc & St. Elmo). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Union Congregational Church, and explore and take pictures at Schofield Pass.

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You can drive from Durango to Crested Butte in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Durango in September, expect Crested Butte to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.