15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mesa Verde Tour Experience. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then get insight into ancient worlds with Mesa Verde Tour Experience, and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Towac Visitor Center, then don't miss a visit to Four Corners Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Towac Visitor Center, Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
You've now added Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, and then stop by Honeyville.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You'll set off for Aspen on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): walk around The John Denver Sanctuary and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip website.

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 81°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 22nd (Sun), catch a ride on Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Canon City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

3
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 23rd (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Olympic Training Center and then look for gifts at Criterium Bicycles.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Traveling from Canon City in July, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

2
nights
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 (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then catch a live event at Coors Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stop by Dardano's Shoes and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip site.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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