45 days in Colorado Itinerary

45 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly:  29 h
1
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Vail
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Paonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Durango
— 9 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Ulaanbaatar

4
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.
Get outdoors at Winter Park Resort and Thunder Lake day hike or backpack. Shop till you drop at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill & Trail Ridge Road), Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, stroll around Art Center of Estes Park Gallery, and look for gifts at Omnibus.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary site.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Estes Park is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in February: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 12°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Flatirons. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 16th Street Mall and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Cussler Museum (in Arvada) and Boulder (Liberty Puzzles, Boulder County Farmers Market, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and explore the engaging exhibits at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in February, you will find days in Denver are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, Arvada, Littleton Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Do your shopping at American Classics Marketplace and Ruxton's Trading Post. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Center for American Values & Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, take an in-depth tour of Manitou Springs Heritage Center, visit Old Colorado City, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning website.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get a sense of the local culture at Steamboat Art Museum and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Steamboat Ski Resort and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Step out of Steamboat Springs with an excursion to Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Mount Werner, stroll through Howelsen Hill Ski Area, test your team's savvy at The Crooked Key, and look for gifts at Steamboat Art Company.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in March, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 8°C and -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Museum of Northwest Colorado
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

4
nights
Vail

Vail ©
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.
Get outdoors at Vail Mountain Resort and Beaver Creek Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vail: Breckenridge (Breckenridge Ski Resort & Olive Fusion) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). It doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Copper Mountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vail tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in March, plan for slightly colder days in Vail, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek Ski Area, Keystone Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

4
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Get in touch with nature at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Hanging Lake Trail. Carbondale Public Art and Cooper Corner Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Crested Butte (Union Congregational Church & Crested Butte Nordic Center). Next up on the itinerary: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

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

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rifle.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Crested Butte, Carbondale Public Art, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rifle Arch Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rifle tour itinerary site.

Rifle is just a stone's throw from Glenwood Springs. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in March: highs in Rifle hover around 16°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Arch Trail ©
Rifle Arch Trail

2
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Snowmass Village trip builder site.

You can drive from Rifle to Snowmass Village in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rifle in March; daily highs in Snowmass Village reach 10°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paonia.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Buttermilk Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

2
nights
Paonia

Paonia ©
Paonia is a statutory town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): do a tasting at Stoney Mesa Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards, thenlearn about winemaking at Azura Cellars and Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stone Cottage Cellars. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paonia sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Paonia in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Snowmass Village in March; daily highs in Paonia reach 19°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Paonia

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Stoney Mesa Winery, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Azura Cellars and Gallery ©
Azura Cellars and Gallery
Stone Cottage Cellars ©
Stone Cottage Cellars

9
nights
Durango

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Balcony House. Take a break from the city and head to Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Point Lookout Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Dolores (The Anasazi Heritage Center & Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.) and Mesa Verde National Park (Park Point, Spruce Tree House, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and shake up your sightseeing with San Juan Expeditions.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Paonia to Durango takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paonia in March, with highs in Durango at 15°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores, Wolf Creek Ski Resort, Ouray Alchemist Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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