13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): trek along Animas River Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest, and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Animas Mountain Trail and then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail.

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New York City to Durango is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Durango, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Durango dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Get in touch with nature at Bear Creek Falls and Perimeter Trail. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Telluride Trappings and Toggery in Telluride, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Cascade Falls Park, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

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Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): head outdoors with Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals, then hike along Snowmass Village Hiking Trails, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): trek along Grizzly Creek Trail and then relax and float downstream with Up the Creek Rafting.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online trip planner.

Drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Mesa Trail, walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulder Creek Path. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mount Sanitas Trail, then head outdoors with Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valmont Bike Park.

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Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Boulder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: high temperatures in Boulder hover around 87°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and The Beach at Grand Lake. Visiting Alberta Falls and Winding River Resort Stables will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Granby (High Country Trails & Granby Ranch).

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You can drive from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

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.