10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Louisville

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Summit Lake Park and East Inlet Trail. Kids will appreciate attractions like Many Parks Curve Overlook and Sheep Lakes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: Tabernash (Devil's Thumb Ranch Cross Country Skiing & Pole Creek Golf Club) and Grand Lake (Winding River Resort Stables & Never Summer Mountain Products). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Mills Lake and admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary app .

Louisville to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Louisville to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in September, plan for little chillier nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tabernash, Grand Lake, Summit Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
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 27th (Thu): hike along Grottos Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

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Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

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. On the 28th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, then trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then stroll through Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ophir Pass Trail and then explore the activities along Ice Lakes.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray itinerary website .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ice Lakes, Ophir Pass Trail
Highlights from your plan
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

1
night
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 30th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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