11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Vail
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 1 day
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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 17th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen day trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Aspen is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in May, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vail trip planning website.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in May, you will find days in Vail are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online trip planner.

Getting from Vail to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Highlights from your trip

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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 21st (Tue): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Ouray takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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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 22nd (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, hike along Piedra River Trail, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip website.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

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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 23rd (Thu), hike along Animas River Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durango trip planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then cruise along Skyline Drive. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.