11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Boston

1
night
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 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online vacation planner .

Boston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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 28th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs vacation maker app .

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
nights
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 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Keep things going the next day: trek along Point Lookout Trail, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 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 August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

Plan my day in Colorado Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Aspen online sightseeing planner .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In September, Aspen is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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