12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
5
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
6
Aspen
— 3 nights

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. Downtown Grand Junction and Meadery of the Rockies are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Corona Arch and Grand Mesa. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Junction side-trips: Slickrock Bike Trail (in Moab) and Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway). There's lots more to do: stop by Enstrom's, learn about winemaking at Whitewater Hill Vineyards, and stroll through Colorado Riverfront Commission.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip tool.

Phoenix to Grand Junction is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Grand Junction is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 64°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Moab, Meadery of the Rockies, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
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Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
On the 9th (Thu), stroll through Sunlight Mountain Resort, explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then have fun and explore at Glenwood Railroad Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Walking Mountains Science Center and then immerse yourself in nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs attractions planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in April, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (38°F), and nights are slightly colder (25°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Walking Mountains Science Center, Rifle Gap State Park
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 11th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs day trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 12th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, have fun at Tumble Bubbles, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 9, then contemplate the long history of High Line Railroad Park, and finally hit the slopes at Blue River Sports.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge attractions planning site.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in April, things will get slightly colder in Breckenridge: highs are around 35°F and lows about 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Frisco Adventure Park
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Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports
High Line Railroad Park ©
High Line Railroad Park

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fourmile Falls Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Breckenridge in April, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be somewhat warmer, around 29°F, while days are much warmer, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
On the 14th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Aspen Highlands and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in April, and nighttime lows around 27°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

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