17 days in Utah, Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Utah, Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 30th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch, and then trek along Devils Garden Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Windows, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Portland to Arches National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Arches National Park. In July, Arches National Park is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 97°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, then admire the majestic nature at Goosenecks State Park, and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip builder site.

Drive from Arches National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, expect Monument Valley to be a bit cooler, temps between 90°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durango trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Durango takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Monument Valley in August, expect Durango to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Bring the kids along to Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). There's much more to do: go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, see Off-Road Tours, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ouray road trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Bring the kids along to Hanging Lake and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to The John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center. Family-friendly places like Molly Brown House Museum and Balloon Rides will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cañon City (Museum of Colorado Prisons & Skyline Drive). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline, and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel planning app.

Fly from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, then view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and then admire the masterpieces at San Miguel Chapel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.