17 days in Southwest Montana, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Southwest Montana, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Southwest Montana, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Omaha


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1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

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Omaha to Helena is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Omaha in June, with highs in Helena at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Blackfoot River Brewing Co ©
Blackfoot River Brewing Co

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get your bearings at Dillon Visitor Center, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bannack State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dillon driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Helena to Dillon in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in June, Dillon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to The Narrows and Zion National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Angel's Landing, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, and take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Dillon to Zion National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Dillon in June, you will find days in Zion National Park are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Arches National Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Go for a jaunt from Moab to Arches National Park to see Delicate Arch about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Moab online trip builder .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Moab, with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to 300 Days of Shine in Monument--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Garden of the Gods, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Moab in June, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 84°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

300 Days of Shine, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 23rd (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Denver

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.
On the 25th (Tue), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, examine the collection at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Joyride Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Joyride Brewing Company, Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Joyride Brewing Company ©
Joyride Brewing Company

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