13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder tool.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2- hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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): trot along with a tour on horseback and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Estes Park sightseeing planner.

Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can 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), examine the collection at Lyons Redstone Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at LaVern M Johnson Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Spirit Hound Distillery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lyons itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Lyons takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Lyons

Outdoors Trails Parks
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): stop by Rock Hut, then take in the awesome beauty at Mayflower Gulch, and then hike along Hagerman Tunnel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Leadville online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lyons to Leadville in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Lyons in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Leadville: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hagerman Tunnel ©
Hagerman Tunnel
Rock Hut ©
Rock Hut

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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): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary.

Plan my day in Aspen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Leadville to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Leadville in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 81°F and lows reach 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 Outdoors Trails
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough 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): take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista online route builder.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up 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
On the 24th (Wed), explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In July in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Canon City. In July, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - with highs of 90°F and lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 26th (Fri), have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning site.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Colorado Springs. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
On the 27th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish 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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