10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Mosca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 13th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mosca trip planner .

Indianapolis to Mosca is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, expect cooler with lows of 27°F in Mosca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): trek along Piedra River Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Mosca to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mosca in October, Pagosa Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Trails
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

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 16th (Tue): stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and finally trek along Bear Creek Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, get outside with Imogene Pass, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray attractions planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, trek along Crater Lake Trail, and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in October, Aspen is a bit cooler at night with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, then stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 69°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake

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 21st (Sun): get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures, then take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 59°F and lows are around 30°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex

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