Colorado & New Mexico

Colorado & New Mexico. 15 days/14 nights. Start: Denver - End: Denver.

  • Day 01: Denver - Arrival - pickup of rental car and free time
  • Day 02: Denver
  • Day 03: Denver - Estes Park
  • Day 04: Estes Park - Glenwood Springs
  • Day 05: Glenwood Springs - Grand Junction
  • Day 06: Grand Junction - Gunnison - Ouray
  • Day 07: Ouray - Mesa Verde - Durango
  • Day 08: Durango - Chaco Canyon - Albuquerque
  • Day 09: Albuquerque - Santa Fe
  • Day 10: Santa Fe - Bandalier National Monument - Toas
  • Day 11: Taos - Alamosa
  • Day 12: Alamosa - Canon City - Colorado Springs
  • Day 13: Colorado Springs
  • Day 14: Colorado Springs - Denver
  • Day 15: Departure from Denver
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day 1

Denver - Arrival - pickup of rental car and free time

1 Day

50 km

Aftel arrival, pick up the rental car and drive to the city. You can start with exploring the city by foot and spending the first night in Colorado.

 

day 2

Denver

1 Day

40 km

Denver is one of the yougest and most picturesque capitals in the United States, build on the plaines of 1600 meters altitude. The most important attractions are: The Golden Dome Capitol, Lamrimer Square - the heart of the city, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Aquarium, the commercial center Cerry Creek, about 5 km from the city center, the stadiums and sport fiels of the Coors Baseball Field and many more.

day 3

Denver - Estes Park

1 Day

115 km

Leaving town north to visit the Rocky Mountains National Park and cross the Continental Divide, along the panoramic route 'Trail Ridge', to observe the wonderful nature and wildlife. Lodgings in Estes Park, a litte charming town. A tramway brings you to an observation platforw, which gives you a stunning view over the parks mountains.

 

day 4

Estes Park - Glenwood Springs

1 Day

295 km

While passing through the park, you will notice a rough scenery and red cedars along a twisting road. The highlight is the Milner Pass, driving down via Winterpark to the highway. Continue east and the day ends in Glenwood Spinge. The village got his name thanks to the hot water springs and you will find one of the biggest mineral water pools in the world here. Other attractions are: the attracion park Glenwood Caverns, the steam baths of Yampah Spa and the Whitewater Park, an absolute must do for a kayak tour.

day 5

Glenwood Springs - Grand Junction

1 Day

176 km

You will not be driving a lot of kilometers today, so there will be pleny og time for visits. Drive to the west in the direction of Grand Junction. This dynamic city is the heart of the wine region in Colorado and has several wineries. Along side, it is also the entrance of the Colorado National Monument, wonderful rock formations and a smaller, less visited, park. Lodgings.

 

day 6

Grand Junction - Gunnison - Ouray

1 Day

560 km

Start driving to the south to Montose and follow the secondary route to Gunnison. You can visit the Pionner Museum and it is also the entrance to het National Park Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Isolated on a plateau, this canyon is, without a doubt, one of the most rudimental of the United States. Continue driving to the south to Telluride, one of the most beautiful victorian miners towns of the state. Lodgings in Ouray.

day 7

Ouray - Mesa Verde - Durango

1 Day

195 km

Continue driving south, to Durango, a little historic town, founded in 1880 to serve the miners village Silverton. Today, it is a nice place to stay with bars, restaurants, art galleries, and much more. Coninue the drive to Mesa Verde National Park or visit the Native American village of the Anasazi to see the Cliff Palace, Sunset House, Balcony House, Spruce Tree House,.. Most of the domain is only visitable accompanied with a ranger. Lodgings in Durango.

 

 

day 8

Durango - Chaco Canyon - Albuquerque

1 Day

440 km

Leave Durango in the direction of Aztec and Farmington, where the Navajo and Apaches live and along the road, you will pass important ruins. Afterwards, more to the south, you will arrive in Chaco Canyon. It is one af the biggest archeological sites of the Pueblo population. You will find the typical black and whîte pottery. Drive further to Albuquerque, a city that attract lots of artists.

 

day 9

Albuquerque - Santa Fe

1 Day

100 km

Albuquerque is one of the biggest cities in the state and situated along the Rio Grande River. Visit the Old Town Plaza, the Indian Puebla Cultural Center, the Sandia Peak Tramway,... Continue driving to Santa Fe, passing several famous "Pueblos". The city offers and interessing mix between Indian Culture, Hispanics and Americans. Visit the Palace of the Governors, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the little art galleries and the Pecos National Historical Park. 

day 10

Santa Fe - Bandalier National Monument - Toas

1 Day

220 km

One of the first stops of the day will be the Bandalier National Monument to admire the Pueblo houses in typical claystones. In the Second World War, it was in this place where the first nuclear bomb was developed, in secret of course. Continue to Taos. This town is one of the favorite places of todays artists.

 

day 11

Taos - Alamosa

1 Day

280 km

Toas is known for its typical architecture, build by the Pueblo. They are very well kept and follow the ancient traditions. If you are lucky, you might dance along in one of the traditional dances. Continue to the border with Colorado and travel to Alamosa. Driving through a dry scenery, you will relive the Gold Rush times.

 

day 12

Alamosa - Canon City - Colorado Springs

1 Day

310 km

Het first visit of the day will be the Great Sand Dunes National Park, to check out the immense sand dunes. Hike to the top and slide down on a surf board. Continue to Salida and Canon City. The biggest highlight here is the bridge over the Arkansas River and the diniosaurs fossils they found in Garden Park, just north of town. Travel to Colorado Springs for lodgings.

 

day 13

Colorado Springs

1 Day

The second biggest city of the state welcomes you in a wonderful decor. The US Air Force Acadmey is located here, as well as the well known historic hotel "The Broodmoor". In the surroundings, the Park Garden of Gods, a impressive geological finding can be visited. The train pn the Pikes Peak Cog Railway brings you to the top of Pikes Peak at 4301 meter height to give you a wonderful and stunning panorama.

 

day 14

Colorado Springs - Denver

1 Day

150 km

SEE DUTCH/FRENCH VERSION

day 15

Departure from Denver

1 Day

SEE DUTCH/FRENCH VERSION

Standard hotels (0US00025)
is available starting at 2358 EUR

Prices apply for all departures in the date range. Departure is possible every day.

Rooms 01.01.22 - 30.06.22 01.07.22 - 31.08.22 01.09.22 - 31.12.22
DOUBLE ROOM 1 BED (K21) 2358 2574 2358
QUADRUPLE ROOM 2 BEDS (K42) 1340 1470 1340
TRIPLE ROOM 2 BEDS (K32) 1690 1854 1690
SINGLE ROOM (K11) 4581 4856 4581
per child in parents room 2 - 12 (DACHD12) 43 128 43
per childr in parents room 13 - 18 (DACHD18) 342 482 342
Alamo Suppl. Gold - per car (DALGOLD) 122 122 122

Included

  • Hotelaccomodation based on lodging + local sales taxes, as per itinerary and as per chosen hotel category.
  • Car rental with GPS, adapted to the number of persons in the car, one driver.  Extra drivers and/or underage drivers can be added with supplement.
    • Single: Economy except if the car is brought back to another city than the one it started from, than Compact.
    • Double/Twin: Compact
    • Triple: Intermediate
    • Quadruple and 2x double rooms: Fullsize.
  • Any other car rental category can be provided with the appropriate price adjustment.
  • Only for selfdrives booked as published: roadbook with description of day by day itinerary. (Only available in Dutch and French)
  • Local roadmap of the State or Province (Canda), or a road atlas if the trip brings you through different states.

Not Included

All services NOT mentioned such as: 

  • International passport and charges for ESTA = USA and or ETA = Canada.
  • Airline tickets, airport taxes, fuel surcharge, security fee, and more.
  • Meals at the hotels except if confirmed differently at time of confirmation.
  • Resort fees, Urban fees, Facility fees and other fees charged by some hotels and to be paid locally.
  • Eventual cost for a (new) Belgian - European drivers licence, if the current one does not state "Drivers Licence" in English.
  • Warrant/Security Deposit/Guarantee cost for rental cars, motorhomes, motorbikes, hotels and more.
  • Fuel for the vehicles and parking costs. 
  • Charges for tollroads en toll bridges
  • Insurances (cancellation insurance, travel and assistance insurance, luggage insurance, etc).
  • Admissions to the national parks, to attractions, extra excursions, etc.
  • All personal expenses (Food & Drinks), souvenirs and more. 

Good To Know

FLIGHTS:

Wings ‘n Wheels is offering a large choice of European and American carriers which operates daily flights to and from the USA and Canada, starting from Brussels and as well as from the main airports in neighboring countries.

International and eventual domestic flights are not included. Airlines work with flexible prices and availability does change quickly. Use the contact form below and send it to your travel agent (enter your postal code or city name or the name of your travel agency) and indicate accurately your travel dates (departure and return) together with the surname (family name), first name and date of birth of each traveler and Wings ‘n Wheels will search for the best deals, considering itinerary and pricing.

A-LA-CARTE   -  TAILOR MADE:

All self-drive itineraries can be amended and tailormade “ à la carte” to your wishes.

CARRENTAL - DRIVERS LICENCE:

It is mandatory to present a NATIONAL driving licence with on the front side "Driving Licence". An international drivers licence is a translation only and not a valid document to rent a vehicle.