59 days in Colorado Itinerary

59 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Polokwane
Fly + Drive:  33 h
1
Estes Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Telluride
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
3
Durango
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Breckenridge
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Denver
— 12 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Polokwane

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gardens on Spring Creek and Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, &more), Spas (in Grand Lake) and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online holiday planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Estes Park is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Polokwane to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Polokwane in January; daily highs in Estes Park reach 10°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Gardens on Spring Creek ©
Gardens on Spring Creek
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery

5
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Telluride Outside and Bear Creek Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Telluride: Ouray (Yankee Girl Mine, Ouray Alchemist Museum, &more), Spas (in Ridgway) and Montrose (Ute Indian Museum & Museum of the Mountain West). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, visit Town Park, hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, and get outside with Bootdoctors Telluride.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Telluride day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Telluride takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Telluride, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ouray, Montrose, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Purgatory Resort and Hovenweep National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center & Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Snowbike Experience, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, trek along Animas River Trail, and take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip maker.

You can take a shuttle from Telluride to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in January, expect little chillier with lows of -14°C in Durango. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cortez, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
The Snowbike Experience ©
The Snowbike Experience

5
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Off-Road Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Pagosa Springs side-trips: North Clear Creek Falls (in Creede) and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

North Clear Creek Falls, Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Off-Road Tours
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
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 Yampa River Core Trail and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in January, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around -3°C and lows about -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area

6
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Peak 10 and Loveland Ski Area. Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Ski Cooper (in Leadville) and Vail (Vail Valley & Vail / Beaver Creek Resort). And it doesn't end there: walk around Frisco Adventure Park, ski along the peaceful trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center, stroll through Wellington Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Breckenridge day trip app.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Breckenridge when traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail, Frisco Adventure Park, Arapahoe Basin, Ski Cooper, Loveland Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area
Peak 10 ©
Peak 10
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

5
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunlight Mountain Resort and Rio Grande Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, stop by Explore Booksellers, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in February: highs in Aspen hover around 4°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Penrose Heritage Museum and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Pueblo Heritage Museum, Rosemount Museum, &more), Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning website.

You can drive from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 9°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pueblo, Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Rosemount Museum ©
Rosemount Museum

12
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fraser Tubing Hill and Odell Brewing Company. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Idaho Springs (The Soap Shop, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more), Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen) and New Belgium Brewing Company (in Fort Collins). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at EscapeWorks Denver, see the interesting displays at Colorado Railroad Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Denver, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Boulder, Golden, Idaho Springs, Fort Collins, Littleton Museum
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Fraser Tubing Hill ©
Fraser Tubing Hill
EscapeWorks Denver ©
EscapeWorks Denver

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