12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Ouray

— 1 night
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 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then get engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Perimeter Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary maker.

New Bern to Ouray is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Bern in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then trek along Animas River Trail, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then gear up at Gear Rentals, and then trek along Piedra River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Diamond Hitch Stables, then test your problem-solving skills at Pagosa Escape Zone, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, then get lost in a book at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and finally hike along Yampa River Core Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Steamboat Gondola, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. In August in Steamboat Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Cub Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online itinerary 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls and then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online holiday planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · 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.