19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Basalt
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Montrose
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Del Norte
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Monte Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Walsenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Denver

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bear Lake, Chasm Falls, Boyd Lake State Park, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chapel on the Rock and Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park holiday maker tool .

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 27°F. You will leave for Grand Lake on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Boyd Lake State Park, Vedauwoo
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
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Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Never Summer Ranch, Adams Falls Trail and The Beach at Grand Lake. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, trek along Adams Falls Trail, trek along Never Summer Ranch, then get outside with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, then fly down the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Columbine Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Lake driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 2 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in November: highs in Grand Lake hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Columbine Lake Trail
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
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Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Never Summer Ranch ©
Never Summer Ranch
Columbine Lake Trail ©
Columbine Lake Trail

4
nights
Basalt

Basalt ©
The Town of Basalt is a Statutory Town in Eagle and Pitkin counties in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Grottos Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Crater Lake Trail and Rio Grande Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basalt: Aspen (West Maroon Trail & Castle Creek Road). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ruedi Resevoir.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Basalt trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Basalt takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Lake, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Basalt, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Basalt

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:
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Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©

4
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Telluride Historical Museum. Escape the urban bustle at South Rim Road and Bridal Veil hike. Get out of town with these interesting Montrose side-trips: Silverton (Silverton Mountain & San Juan County Historical Society) and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum (in Ridgway). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Ute Indian Museum, admire the natural beauty at Montrose Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Montrose Water Sports Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montrose trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Basalt to Montrose takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Basalt in June, things will get a bit warmer in Montrose: highs are around 89°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Silverton, Telluride, South Rim Road, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Silverton Mountain ©
Silverton Mountain
Bridal Veil hike ©
Bridal Veil hike

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Towac Visitor Center, get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and then do a tasting at Guy Drew Winery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cortez online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Montrose to Cortez in 3 hours. Traveling from Montrose in June, Cortez is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Del Norte.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores, Towac Visitor Center
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

1
night
Del Norte

Del Norte ©
The Town of Del Norte is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Three Barrel Brewing Co, stop by Haefelis Honey, and then see a world frozen in time at Summitville Ghost Town.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Del Norte driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Cortez to Del Norte in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Cortez in June, plan for colder days in Del Norte, with highs around 57°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monte Vista.

Things to do in Del Norte

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Three Barrel Brewing Co ©
Three Barrel Brewing Co
Haefelis Honey ©
Haefelis Honey

1
night
Monte Vista

Monte Vista ©
Monte Vista is the Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous municipality in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rio Grande National Forest.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monte Vista trip builder website .

Monte Vista is just a short distance from Del Norte. When traveling from Del Norte in June, plan for warmer days in Monte Vista, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Walsenburg.

Things to do in Monte Vista

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 25:
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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©

2
nights
Walsenburg

Walsenburg ©
Walsenburg is a statutory city that is the county seat and the most populous city of Huerfano County, Colorado, United States. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum, make a splash at Wild Waters Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Lathrop State Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Walsenburg trip maker .

Getting from Monte Vista to Walsenburg by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Monte Vista in June: highs in Walsenburg hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Walsenburg

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort Garland Museum
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lathrop State Park ©
Lathrop State Park
Fort Garland Museum ©
Fort Garland Museum
Walsenburg Mining Museum ©
Walsenburg Mining Museum

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