15 days in Roswell, Colorado & Ozark Mountains Itinerary

15 days in Roswell, Colorado & Ozark Mountains Itinerary

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Roswell
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Durango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Springfield Branson National Airport, Drive to Cotter
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Drive to Springfield Branson National Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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Roswell

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
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New York City to Roswell is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Roswell, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Roswell hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 65°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Long House and Cliff Palace. You'll explore and learn at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Cortez Cultural Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Nordenskiold #16 Trail). There's more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Roswell to Durango by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Roswell in June, plan for little chillier days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 1 night
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. On the 11th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa and then get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Junction road trip tool.

Drive from Durango to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer than Durango - with highs of 91°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 12th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip tool.

Drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Parks · Trails

Boulder

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Mount Sanitas Trail, then catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boulder route site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Boulder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect Boulder to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, shop like a local with Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Estes Park takes an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
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 16th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Littleton Museum, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip app.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cotter.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cotter

— 1 night
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see what you can catch with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cotter trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Colorado Springs to Cotter with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Cotter due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Cotter is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cotter

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.