18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Drive to Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, Fly to Telluride
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 5 nights

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Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. On the 4th (Wed), head outdoors with Imogene Pass and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Telluride Outside, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride tour builder.

Searcy to Telluride is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Searcy in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 4 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
When in Mesa Verde National Park, make a side trip to see Four Corners Monument in Teec Nos Pos, approximately Teec Nos Pos away. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

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Traveling by car from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 6 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kids will enjoy Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park with an excursion to Spas in Grand Lake--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bear Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: Mission: Wolf (in Gardner), San Luis (Mother Mary's Garden & Stations of the Cross Shrine) and Fort Garland (Los Caminos Antiguos & Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Rocky Mountain National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: highs are around 80°F and lows about 45°F.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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.