13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline and then admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): hike along Palmer Park, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get outside with Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard, then take in the awesome beauty at Flagstaff Mountain, then stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and finally stroll through Mesa Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Boulder Creek Path, trek along Mount Sanitas Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Valmont Bike Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Boulder in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June in Boulder, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): trek along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1.5 hours. June in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): relax and float downstream with Up the Creek Rafting, trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs tour planning website.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 50°F, while days are much colder, around 68°F. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ouray online trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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 6th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, then hike along Animas River Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, hike along Animas Mountain Trail, and then hike along The Colorado Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durango travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
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 (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fourmile Falls Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

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.