10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Denver
Drive
2
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive
3
Creede
— 1 night
Drive
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
7
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Medford

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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary builder app.

Medford to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Medford to Denver is 1 hour. When traveling from Medford in August, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. You'll set off for Leadville on the 31st (Thu).
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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 31st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mosquito Pass.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Leadville online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Leadville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Denver, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Leadville, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Creede.
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Creede — 1 night

The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum, then contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, then explore the striking landscape at Bachelor Loop, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Wheeler Geologic Area.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Creede trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Leadville to Creede takes 3 hours. Traveling from Leadville in September, expect nights in Creede to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are little chillier, around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Durango.
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Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. On your second day here, wander the wide-open spaces of Majestic Dude Ranch, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, and then get a taste of life in the country at James Ranch.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Creede to Durango takes 2.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Creede in September: highs in Durango hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.
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Ouray — 2 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Red Mountain Pass, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and then get to know the fascinating history of Black Bear Pass. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, then cruise along Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir, then identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Cañon City.
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Cañon City — 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by New Horizons Thrift Store.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cañon City itinerary planner.

Drive from Ouray to Cañon City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In September, Cañon City is somewhat warmer than Ouray - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manitou Springs.
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Manitou Springs — 2 nights

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Homestead House Museum, then go deep underground at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Horsethief Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manitou Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cañon City to Manitou Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cañon City in September; daily highs in Manitou Springs reach 75°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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