11 days in Glenwood Springs, Ouray & Montrose Itinerary

11 days in Glenwood Springs, Ouray & Montrose Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Montrose
— 6 nights
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Drive to Grand Junction Regional Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Fort Collins

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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs holiday planner.

Fort Collins to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Collins in September, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Trails · Parks

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, trek along Perimeter Trail, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and finally make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip site.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Montrose.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Montrose

— 6 nights
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Explore Montrose's surroundings by going to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (South Rim Road & East Portal Road), Curecanti National Recreation Area (in Gunnison) and Crested Butte (Crested Butte Mountain Resort & Kebler Pass). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, get a taste of life in the country at Flying Iron Ranch Alpacas, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montrose online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ouray to Montrose in an hour. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Montrose, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips