11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 3 nights
Fly

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
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 1st (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Fern Falls, then explore the activities along Dream Lake, and then hike along Flattop Mountain Trail. On the next day, hike along North Inlet Trail, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park vacation planner.

Monroe to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Monroe to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rocky Mountain National Park when traveling from Monroe in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Climbing Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Glen Eyrie Castle and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Rock Park in Castle Rock--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation website.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ouray.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ouray County Museum and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Ridgway Railroad Museum and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Telluride (San Juan Outdoor Adventures, Town Park, &more). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sneffels Highline Trail, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Ouray at 74°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Long House and Step House. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petroglyph Point Hike and Far View Sites. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Park, and trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Durango road trip site.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.