11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route maker

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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
4
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 1 day
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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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 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. On your second day here, go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver itinerary planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then look for gifts at Brownfield's.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Estes Park tour planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online holiday planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 68°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Plan my Grand Junction trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 64°F. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Telluride.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

Telluride

— 1 day
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls and then get outside with Telluride Outside.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Telluride attractions tool.

Drive from Grand Junction to Telluride in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in July, things will get little chillier in Telluride: highs are around 74°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Plan trip to Ouray with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Telluride to Ouray by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ouray are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Durango visit planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 83°F and lows at 48°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

You can plan Colorado Springs trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Transportation · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Colorado travel guide

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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.