12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 1 night
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Eaton

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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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, take a stroll through Old Colorado City, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder app.

Eaton to Colorado Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Eaton in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aspen

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and cruise along Independence Pass.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): trek along Yankee Boy Basin, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ouray road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray takes an hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, with highs in Ouray at 66°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Telluride

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): head outdoors with Telluride Outside, make a trip to Main Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Black Bear Pass, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Telluride trip builder site.

Drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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 15th (Wed): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, and then buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary app.

Fly from Telluride to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in September: high temperatures in Denver hover around 79°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 16th (Thu), appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, hike along North Inlet Trail, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tundra Communities Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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.