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Mountains of Colorado & Utah Self-Drive

18 days from €4,700pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Delve into the fascinating history of Mesa Verde National Park.

  • Explore the mountain city of Denver.

  • Go white water rafting or explore Arches National Park by 4x4 from Moab.

  • Breathe in the pure air of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Denver
  • Estes Park
  • Grand Junction
  • Moab
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango
  • Crested Butte
  • Vail

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 Denver

International outbound flight , Denver

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Denver. On arrival in Denver make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

Day 2 Denver

Denver

Spend a day exploring the highlights of Denver. Don't miss the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum or explore the city's many excellent art galleries. Alternatively, relax in Larimer Square and sample some excellent local cuisine while people watching.

Day 3 Estes Park

Denver , Estes Park

Today you will pick up your hire car from the airport and drive to Estes park. Relax in the park for the rest of the day.

Day 4 Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. You can head into the park through the Beaver Meadows park entrance to explore.

Day 5 Grand Junction

Estes Park , Grand Junction

Today you will drive from Estes Park to Grand Junction along the lovely scenic highway 70 for your one night stop off.

Day 6 Moab

Grand Junction , Moab

Drive west again today to Moab and the red rock landscape of Utah. Enjoy a day in the nearby Arches National Park.

Day 7 Moab

Moab

Enjoy a half day tour of Arches National Park today seeing this phenomenal landscape with your guide. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the park or the other parks such as Canyonlands nearby

Day 8 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Moab , Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Drive from the wonderful Moab through to Monument Valley and Kayenta. Monument Valley encompasses the classic Wild West scenery of sandstone buttes, forbidding rock pinnacles and an endless expanse of drifting red sands that have been immortalised in the early Wild West films. Take some time to relax and take in the scenery.

Day 9 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Another day for enjoying the incredible scenery that Southwest American has to offer. Today you will experience one of the Navajo led tours into the Valley where you can see Navajo culture which is largely untainted by tourism. You may get to visit a traditional Hogan and hear some of the folklore tales handed down to them by the generations before them.

Day 10 Mesa Verde National Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park , Mesa Verde National Park

Today you will head east from Monument Valley and travel to Mesa Verde to see the remains of the homes that were inhabited in the 1250s by ancestral puebleons!

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Day 11 Durango

Mesa Verde National Park , Durango

Mesa Verde to Durango is a short drive today. When you get to the lovely frontier town, make sure you check out the charming boutique shops and the Strater Hotel's bar for a slice of the real wild west!

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Day 12 Durango

Durango

Today you will make your way in plenty of time to the train station where you will board the wonderful Durango to Silverton Steam train. Explore the incredible scenery of centrai Colorado today - sights which can't be viewed by car!

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Day 13 Crested Butte

Durango , Crested Butte

The drive today is stunning as you make your way north to Crested Butte! This is a lovely mountain town, and it's well worth stopping at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

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Day 14 Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Today you can enjoy Crested Butte. You may like to take a drive out to the local mountains and valleys around the town, take a trip to the distillery or just relax in town and wander around the lovely shops.

Accommodation

Day 15 Vail

Crested Butte , Vail

Today you can relax on your lovely journey north east from Crested Butte to Vail. On arrival in Vail you might like to explore the beautiful local area, a great spot for photos of the incredible mountains that surround you.

Day 16 Vail

Vail

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vail. Explore the shops, go for a walk in the wonderful nearby countryside or just enjoy your luxury 5* hotel before your flight home tomorrow.

Day 17 International return flight

Vail , International return flight

Tomorrow you will drive back to Denver and return your car before boarding your onward flight.

Day 18 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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