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The Great Sand Dunes and San Juan National Forest (Self Drive)

7 to 10+ Nights from $657*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 9/1/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 7 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Rental Car for 8 days
  • Pick Up: Colorado Springs Airport/Drop Off: Grand Junction Gateway Airport
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Alamosa
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Durango
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Ouray
  • Hotel for 1 night in Grand Junction
  • Driving Time
    Colorado Springs Airport - Alamosa: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
    Alamosa - Durango: 3 hrs. approx.
    Durango - Ouray: 1 hr. 50 mins. approx.
    Ouray - Grand Junction: 1 hr. 50 mins. approx.

Base yourself in Colorado and explore its beautiful surrounding and natural attractions with a Rental Car. Visit Alamosa (the gateway to Great Sand Dunes National Park, an incredible experience with outdoor trails and entertainment) before heading to Durango (famous for the historic narrow gauge railroad that connects Durango with Silverton) and Ouray (home base for the beautiful San Juan Mountains and National Forest). Finally enjoy a pleasant stay in Grand Junction (known as the hub of Colorado's wine country), before heading back home. Entrance to national parks is not included. Plan your visit according to your schedule and be sure to check each park's operating hours. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Great Sand Dunes (Alamosa), CO

  • Durango, CO

  • Ouray, CO

  • Grand Junction, CO

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Trip Summary

  • Great Sand Dunes (Alamosa), CO

    Great Sand Dunes National Park is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife.

    Explore the High Dune Trail, Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, Little Medano Creek, Mosca Pass Trail, Sand Sheet Loop Trail, and much more.

  • Durango, CO

    Durango is a small city in southwestern Colorado, near the New Mexico border. The 19th-century Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad steam train passes mountains and canyons. In the city center, its affiliated Railroad Museum displays restored locomotives, aircraft and a baggage car converted into a movie theater.

    Explore the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Mesa Verde National Park, San Juan National Forest, Chapman Hill Ice Rink, Durango Arts Center, and more.

  • Ouray, CO

    Ouray is called the Land of Ice and Steam. and is centrally located in Southwestern Colorado. It offers the perfect basecamp for your explorations of a treasure trove of unique experiences all year long. Visit unforgettable scenery, experience the authentic small town culture, attend weekly arts and cultural opportunities and embark on endless adventures.

    Explore the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, Ouray Ice Park, Box Canyon, Bear Creek Falls, Cascade Falls Park and much more.

  • Grand Junction, CO

    Grand Junction is a city in Colorado's Western Slope region. It's known as the hub of Colorado's wine country. Split into 5 sections, James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park offers river access, lakes, biking trails and wildlife. The Museum of the West displays prehistoric pottery and 19th-century firearms. West of the city, trail-lined Colorado National Monument is a park with red sandstone monoliths and canyons.

    Explore the Colorado National Monument, Mount Garfield, Two Rivers Winery, Grand Junction Visitor Center, Museum of the West and much more.

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