10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  7​h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then stop by Gene Taylor Sports, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner .

Cleveland to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cleveland to Aspen. Traveling from Cleveland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Aspen, with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stop by Laura's Fine Candy, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Estes Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Aspen to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Estes Park at 81°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Laura's Fine Candy ©
Laura's Fine Candy

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Estes Park in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, hike along Piedra River Trail, then stop by Lantern Dancer, and finally relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs online vacation planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) 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
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Museum of the Mountain West. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, trek along Cascade Falls Park, and admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online route planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 30th (Sun), hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs day trip planner .

Getting from Ouray to Steamboat Springs by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 40°F. On the 1st (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
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

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