11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Frisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 2nd (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Earthwood Artisans, look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store, then stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park vacation planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Estes Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Sao Paulo in May, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frisco.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Glen Haven General Store
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Photography Tours
Never Summer Mountain Products ©
Never Summer Mountain Products
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

2
nights
Frisco

The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Copper Mountain and then stop by Ready Paint Fire!. Keep things going the next day: stop by Breckenridge Hat Company, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, then look for gifts at Olive Fusion, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Frisco itinerary app .

Drive from Estes Park to Frisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in May: highs in Frisco hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Olive Fusion ©
Olive Fusion

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 6th (Mon), look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Frisco to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Frisco in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

1
night
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 7th (Tue): make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ouray road trip planning tool .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Ouray by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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. On the 8th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and finally admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in May, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Made in Colorado Shoppe ©
Made in Colorado Shoppe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post

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