10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Vail
— 1 night
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Canon City
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at The Crooked Key, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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Vail

Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vail road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. You'll set off for Canon City on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

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Canon City

Canon City ©

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City road trip site.

Traveling by car from Vail to Canon City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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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 19th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Pagosa Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Pagosa Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
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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 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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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 23rd (Fri): trek along Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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