7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
3
Ouray
— 1 night
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
5
Durango
— 1 night

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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.
On the 20th (Sun), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, thencruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Durham to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rocky Mountain National Park when traveling from Durham in September, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road, thentrek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Glenwood Springs using our trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (°F), and nights are a bit cooler (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains, Rifle Falls
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, thenget to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Ouray are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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 24th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Long House, thenexplore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker site.

Getting from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip builder tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 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 °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

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