10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Beaver Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online road trip planner .

Columbus to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Estes Park. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Columbus in July, with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Beaver Creek.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

1
night
Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek ©
On the 19th (Fri), hike along Booth Falls Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beaver Creek Chapel, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Beaver Creek vacation planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Beaver Creek in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Beaver Creek hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Beaver Creek

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Booth Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Chapel ©
Beaver Creek Chapel

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Beaver Creek to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Steamboat Springs can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

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