10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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 24th (Wed): explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs road trip planning site .

Cincinnati to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, things will get a bit cooler in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 62°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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night
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 26th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and then hike along Chief Ouray Mine Trail. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Chief Ouray Mine Trail ©
Chief Ouray Mine Trail

2
nights
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 29th (Mon): trek along Difficult Creek Trail, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along West Maroon Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail.

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Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ouray in October since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

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

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night
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 31st (Wed): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in October: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Photography Tours

2
nights
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): get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip maker tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In October, Steamboat Springs is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 59°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for 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
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

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