19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Basalt
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Montrose
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Del Norte
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Monte Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Walsenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Denver

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
You've added Bear Lake, Chasm Falls, Boyd Lake State Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chapel on the Rock and Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip planning website.

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. On the 11th (Thu), you're off to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Vedauwoo, Boyd Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Never Summer Ranch, Adams Falls Trail and The Beach at Grand Lake. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, stroll through Adams Falls Trail, hike along Never Summer Ranch, then get outside with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, then hit the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Columbine Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Lake online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Grand Lake takes 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Grand Lake hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 36°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Basalt.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Columbine Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Never Summer Ranch ©
Never Summer Ranch
Columbine Lake Trail ©
Columbine Lake Trail

4
nights
Basalt

Basalt ©
The Town of Basalt is a Statutory Town in Eagle and Pitkin counties in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Grottos Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Crater Lake Trail and Castle Creek Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Basalt: Aspen (West Maroon Trail & Rio Grande Trail). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Ruedi Resevoir, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Basalt trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Basalt takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Lake, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Basalt, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Basalt

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

4
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and San Juan County Historical Society. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Rim Road and Silverton Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Montrose: Telluride (Bridal Veil hike & Telluride Historical Museum) and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum (in Ridgway). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Ute Indian Museum, stop by Magic Circle Players, contemplate the waterfront views at Montrose Water Sports Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Montrose Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Montrose trip builder tool.

Getting from Basalt to Montrose by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Basalt in June: high temperatures in Montrose hover around 89°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Telluride, Silverton, South Rim Road, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Silverton Mountain ©
Silverton Mountain
Bridal Veil hike ©
Bridal Veil hike

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 22nd (Mon), stroll around Towac Visitor Center, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and then do a tasting at Guy Drew Winery.

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Traveling by car from Montrose to Cortez takes 3 hours. Traveling from Montrose in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cortez, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Del Norte.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

1
night
Del Norte

Del Norte ©
The Town of Del Norte is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Three Barrel Brewing Co, look for gifts at Haefelis Honey, and then see a world frozen in time at Summitville Ghost Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Del Norte trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Cortez to Del Norte in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Cortez, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Del Norte, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Monte Vista.

Things to do in Del Norte

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Three Barrel Brewing Co ©
Three Barrel Brewing Co
Haefelis Honey ©
Haefelis Honey

1
night
Monte Vista

Monte Vista ©
Monte Vista is the Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous municipality in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rio Grande National Forest.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monte Vista trip planner.

Monte Vista is just a short distance from Del Norte. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Del Norte in June: highs in Monte Vista hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Walsenburg.

Things to do in Monte Vista

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Rio Grande National Forest ©
Rio Grande National Forest

2
nights
Walsenburg

Walsenburg ©
Walsenburg is a statutory city that is the county seat and the most populous city of Huerfano County, Colorado, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, make a splash at Wild Waters Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Lathrop State Park.

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Traveling by car from Monte Vista to Walsenburg takes 2 hours. When traveling from Monte Vista in June, plan for slightly colder days in Walsenburg, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Walsenburg

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center ©
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center
Lathrop State Park ©
Lathrop State Park
Walsenburg Mining Museum ©
Walsenburg Mining Museum

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