FAMILY ROADTRIP TO
SHARED BY AMY
16 NIGHTS/8 STOPS
Exceptional Family itinerary to Colorado, designed by Amy, a native Coloradan!
I wanted to share a different part of Colorado with my husband and 2 daughters. I had beautiful childhood memories of trips to Mesa Verde NP and I remembered it as one of the most amazing natural wonders that I had ever seen. Since we’re usually in Denver or Vail, we decided to visit the southern part of the state during summer time, including visits to 2 national parks.
NEW YORK – DENVER
1600 km & 19 hours on the road
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL = $ 2050/pp for 16 nights (excl. food & activities)$ 1275 pp for 17 nights
$500 /pp flights
$275 /pp car rental
Adventure and gorgeous scenery
Laid back mountain experience.
Riding along the cliffs during the train ride
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
15 km – 20 min
GREAT DUNES NP
GREAT DUNES NP TO
180 km /2h10
PAGOSA SPRINGS TO
100 km / 1h10
45 km / 30 min
PURGATORY RESORT TO TELLURIDE
155 km / 2h30
450 km / 5h
194 km /2h30
GOOD TO KNOW
Spend at least one full day in Denver.
The Cherry Creek Grill Best burger place in Colorado Don’t miss a lunch or dinner there when you are in Denver.
If you have your NP pass you can use it to enter into the 2 NP of this itinerary.
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is expensive, but really worth it. Plan it in your budget.
Avoid the dark when you drive the Million Dollar highway
Free shuttle at Grand Hyatt (and condos) in Vail that runs all day till midnight
Beware of bears in Telluride and Vail when you are hiking.
July or August would be the best time to plan this trip.