7 days in South Central Colorado, Gunnison & Durango Itinerary

7 days in South Central Colorado, Gunnison & Durango Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

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Leadville
— 1 night
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Gunnison
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Leadville

— 1 night
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Hagerman Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hagerman Tunnel, and then tee off at Mount Massive Golf Course and Mt. Elbert Grill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leadville route builder site.

Chicago to Leadville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Leadville. When traveling from Chicago in July, plan for little chillier days in Leadville, with highs around 71°F, while nights are colder with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gunnison.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

Gunnison

— 3 nights
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Curecanti Creek and Lower Loop Mountain Bike Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hermit's Rest and Dillon Pinnacles. Change things up with these side-trips from Gunnison: Crested Butte (Meridian Lake & Trail 403). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neversink, and stroll around Gunnison City Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gunnison trip planner.

You can drive from Leadville to Gunnison in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Leadville in July, things will get a bit warmer in Gunnison: highs are around 79°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Durango

— 2 nights
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 Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Animas Mountain Trail. Step out of the city life by going to The Colorado Trail and Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at James Ranch Grill, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, head outdoors with Duranglers Flies and Supplies, and grab your bike and head to Rotary Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durango visit site.

Traveling by car from Gunnison to Durango takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gunnison in July; daily highs in Durango reach 86°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife