24 days in Santa Fe, Colorado & Amarillo Itinerary

24 days in Santa Fe, Colorado & Amarillo Itinerary

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Drive to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport, Drive to Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Broomfield
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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Amarillo
— 2 nights
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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.
Popular historic sites such as San Miguel Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Keshi or Nedra Matteucci Galleries. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dale Ball Trails, and admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online tour planner.

Denton to Santa Fe is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In August, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Denton - with highs of 84°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, see Off-Road Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and then trek along San Juan River Walk.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs day trip site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in August; daily highs in Pagosa Springs reach 77°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 18th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum, then take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, and then stroll through Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray day trip planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, hike along Grizzly Creek Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ouray in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then hike along Booth Falls Trail. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at EagleVail Golf Club, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beaver Creek Chapel, and then trek along Beaver Lake Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vail online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vail can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get in touch with nature at Emerald Lake Trail and Flattop Mountain Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hallett Peak and Dream Lake. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, hit the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, stroll through Tundra Communities Trail, and trek along Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Mount Werner. Get outdoors at Yampa River Core Trail and Haymaker Golf Course. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emerald Mountain.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Broomfield.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Broomfield

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a splash at The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park, then tee off at Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club, and then sample the fine beverages at Spirit Hound Distillery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and then work some fitness into your day at Big Dry Creek Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Broomfield online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Broomfield takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Broomfield, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Broomfield

Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

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 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City and then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Broomfield to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Amarillo.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Amarillo

— 2 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum and Devil's Rope and Route 66 Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District and Old Jacinto Area. Step out of Amarillo with an excursion to Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon--about 52 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Bill's Backyard Classics.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amarillo trip planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Amarillo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in September since evenings lows in Amarillo dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

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.