12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary builder .

Pittsburgh to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Pittsburgh in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 85°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then stroll through Steamboat Gondola.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Blue Sky Adventures and then pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Adventure Transportation Tours
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Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at Cascade Falls Park and Bear Creek Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Perimeter Trail, don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ouray holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez holiday planner .

Drive from Ouray to Cortez in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Cortez to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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