43 days in Colorado Itinerary

43 days in Colorado Itinerary

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43 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h
9
Denver
— 6 nights
End: Denver

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Collins: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and stroll around Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

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Denver to Fort Collins is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Loveland, Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Grand Lake Nordic Center (in Grand Lake) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Milner Pass, Trail Ridge Road, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Estes Park route maker tool .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake Nordic Center
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon), Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek) and Vail (Vail Mountain Resort & Vail Recreation Path). The adventure continues: make a trip to Main Street, hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, identify plant and animal life at Summit Lake Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in December, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 14°F, while days are colder, around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Summit Lake Park, Copper Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step out of Steamboat Springs to go to Craig and see Museum of Northwest Colorado, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, have fun at Howelsen Ice Complex, stroll through Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online travel planner .

Getting from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Breckenridge in January since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Museum of Northwest Colorado
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs) and Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hit the slopes at Buttermilk Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and stroll through Aspen Snowmass.

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Drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 8°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Carbondale Branch Library, Aspen Snowmass, Thermal Spas
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Creede (North Clear Creek Falls, Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, & more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and trek along Piedra River Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Aspen to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Creede
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Spas
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez), Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, & more) and Ouray (Box Canyon Waterfall & Park & Off-Road Tours). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, admire all the interesting features of Durango Snowbike Experience, and sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online journey planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In January in Durango, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Ouray, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Zipline
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

5
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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and hike along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

Before you visit Colorado Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Durango in January, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 46°F and 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

6
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 Denver's surroundings by going to Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Boulder (Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, Pearl Street Mall, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver tour planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder, The Colorado Freedom Memorial, Carousel of Happiness, Golden History Museum & Park
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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