12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Colorado Springs. When traveling from Toronto in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and finally partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 30°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Vail

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, then trek along Booth Falls Trail, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, you will find days in Vail are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your trip

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 1st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vail in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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. On the 2nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ouray visit planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, stroll through Animas Mountain Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Colorado Trail, and finally examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, don't miss a visit to Park Point, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. On your second day here, trek along Prater Ridge Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knife Edge Trail, then trek along Point Lookout Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hike along San Juan River Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally stroll through Fourmile Falls Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.