9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cortez
— 2 nights
2
Gateway
— 2 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
5
Denver
— 1 night

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Dolores Canyon has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Dolores Canyon.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez online holiday planner.

Indianapolis to Cortez is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Indianapolis, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gateway.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nordenskiold #16 Trail
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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument ©
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

2
nights
Gateway

Gateway ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fisher Towers. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Fisher Towers.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gateway trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Cortez to Gateway in 3 hours. Traveling from Cortez in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Gateway. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Gateway

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fisher Towers
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Fisher Towers ©
Fisher Towers

1
night
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.
You've now added Maroon Lake Scenic Trail to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip builder app.

Drive from Gateway to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Gateway in March, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and then look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in March: highs in Aspen hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Aspen Snowmass
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, thencontemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Aspen to Denver in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in March: high temperatures in Denver hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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