37 days in Colorado Itinerary

37 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Grand Junction
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Canon City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Cripple Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Cascade
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Denver
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: New York City

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cliff Palace and Long House are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Petroglyph Point Hike and Nordenskiold #16 Trail. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Balcony House, hike along Point Lookout Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

4
nights
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.
Visiting Hovenweep National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Towac Visitor Center and Yankee Girl Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Ouray County Museum (in Ouray), Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Ouray, Cortez, Bear Creek Falls, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

4
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Colorado National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Junction: Crag Crest Trail (in Mesa (Mesa County)) and Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery, Hanging Lake Trail, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, relax in the rural setting at Suncrest Orchard Alpacas, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, and walk around Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, Grand Junction is a bit warmer than Durango - with highs of 91°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Palisade, Fruita, Crag Crest Trail, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Zipline. Visit South Park City Museum and Winfield for their historical value. Step out of Buena Vista with an excursion to Independence Pass in Aspen--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista visit app.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 79°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Independence Pass
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

3
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Escape the urban bustle at Mission: Wolf and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation. Get out of town with these interesting Canon City side-trips: Bishop Castle (in Rye) and Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery (in Salida). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden Park Fossil Area, stroll through Tunnel Drive, and explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 89°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Canon City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bishop Castle, Mission: Wolf, Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Mission: Wolf ©
Mission: Wolf
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle

2
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Mt Pisgah Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Old Homestead House Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Horsethief Falls, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vindicator Valley Trail.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cripple Creek online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Cripple Creek takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cascade.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Vindicator Valley Trail, Horsethief Falls
Highlights from your plan
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum
Mt Pisgah Cemetery ©
Mt Pisgah Cemetery

1
night
Cascade

Cascade ©
Cascade is an unincorporated community and U.S. On the 19th (Fri), find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and finally examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cascade trip planner.

You can drive from Cripple Creek to Cascade in an hour. In June, Cascade is little chillier than Cripple Creek - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Cascade

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Crystal Falls, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Georgetown Firefighting Museum, explore the striking landscape of Summit Lake Park, then steep yourself in history at Hotel de Paris Museum, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Idaho Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Cascade to Idaho Springs in 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cascade in June: highs in Idaho Springs hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Georgetown
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park
Hotel de Paris Museum ©
Hotel de Paris Museum

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Vasquez Peak Wilderness, hit the slopes at Winter Park Resort, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Andrews Glacier Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Lake online visit planner.

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Grand Lake in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in June, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Spas

4
nights
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.
Chapel on the Rock and Wild Basin Area will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Photography Tours and Sleepy Hollow County Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Snowy Range Scenic Byway (in Centennial), Cache La Poudre Wilderness (in Livermore) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Estes Park online travel route builder.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Estes Park in 2 hours. While traveling from Grand Lake, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Snowy Range Scenic Byway, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Abbey of St. Walburga and Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Gateway Natural Area and Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Collins: Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden), Linn Grove Cemetery (in Greeley) and Laramie (Medicine Bow National Forest & Laramie Mural Project). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, steep yourself in history at 1883 Water Works, and explore the activities along Reservoir Ridge Natural Area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fort Collins online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laramie, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, Linn Grove Cemetery, Abbey of St. Walburga, Gateway Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Gateway Natural Area ©
Gateway Natural Area
Abbey of St. Walburga ©
Abbey of St. Walburga
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area ©
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Gateway Mesa Open Space Park. Visit Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods & Old Colorado City), Manitou Springs (Miramont Castle Museum & Manitou Cliff Dwellings) and Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail (in Castle Rock). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, and explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver holiday app.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Castle Rock, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Fishing Charters & Tours

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