10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Portland

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online tour planner .

Portland to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Steamboat Springs is 1 hour. Traveling from Portland in August, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 89°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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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 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Long House ©
Long House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): hike along Animas River Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, then identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then admire all the interesting features of James Ranch.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip site .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pagosa Springs trip simple and quick.

Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Fri), explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in August, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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