11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Antonio

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

San Antonio to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Antonio in July, with highs in Colorado Springs at 86°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then hike along Cub Lake Trail, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then cruise along Old Fall River Road.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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 9th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip builder .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 82°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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 10th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and then hike along Crater Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online route planner .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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. On the 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, trek along Cascade Falls Park, then don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, and finally stroll through Perimeter Trail.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Aspen in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Ridgway State Park, Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 14th (Sun), trek along Animas River Trail, shop like a local with Earthen Vessel Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then admire all the interesting features of James Ranch.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durango online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Piedra River Trail and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Spas Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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