22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 15 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Denver

15
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Old Fall River Road. Popular historic sites such as Wild Basin Area and Holzwarth Historic Site are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Grand Lake (Never Summer Mountain Products, Winding River Resort Stables, &more), Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden) and Pioneer Village Museum (in Hot Sulphur Springs). There's lots more to do: trek along Cub Lake Trail, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, stroll through St Mary's Glacier, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Kremmling, High Country Trails, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, St Mary's Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 31st (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, thenhike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): head outdoors with Molas Pass, thenadmire all the interesting features of San Juan Skyway, and then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge, and finally hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

Start your trip to Ouray by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Molas Pass, San Juan Skyway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
San Juan Skyway ©
San Juan Skyway
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Molas Pass ©
Molas Pass

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a trip to Park Point, thencruise along Ruins Road, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, thenmake a trip to Step House, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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