11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Asheville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asheville in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 6th (Thu), cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then explore the activities along Sprague Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and finally explore the activities along Lily Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 89°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then hike along Grottos Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Ouray

— 4 nights
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 Bear Creek Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Yankee Girl Mine. Go for a jaunt from Ouray to Montrose to see Ute Indian Museum about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Perimeter Trail, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, head outdoors with Imogene Pass, and hike along Cascade Falls Park.

Discover how to plan a Ouray trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.