13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
3
Lyons
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Canon City
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
11
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  5 h
End: Chicago

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning site.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2- hour car ride. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

Estes Park is very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lyons.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Lyons

Lyons ©
The Town of Lyons is a Statutory Town in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lyons Redstone Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at LaVern M Johnson Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Spirit Hound Distillery.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyons road trip planning app.

Getting from Estes Park to Lyons by car takes about an hour. July in Lyons sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Lyons

Trails Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
LaVern M Johnson Park ©
LaVern M Johnson Park
Spirit Hound Distillery ©
Spirit Hound Distillery
Lyons Redstone Museum ©
Lyons Redstone Museum

1
night
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for gifts at Rock Hut, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mayflower Gulch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hagerman Tunnel.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Leadville holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lyons to Leadville takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lyons in July, expect nights in Leadville to be a bit cooler, around 40°F, while days are cooler, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hagerman Tunnel ©
Hagerman Tunnel
Rock Hut ©
Rock Hut

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

Plan trip to Aspen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Leadville to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Leadville in July, things will get a bit warmer in Aspen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Find out how to plan Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in July: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Buena Vista takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In July, daytime highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): cruise along Skyline Drive, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canon City route builder site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Canon City with the Route module. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 90°F and lows are around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Canon City in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

few
hours
Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver journey builder app.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Trinity United Methodist Church ©
Trinity United Methodist Church

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