13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Crested Butte
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Twin Lakes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Gunnison
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Denver

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Ouray Ice Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ouray route planning tool .

Denver to Ouray is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in September, things will get little chillier in Ouray: highs are around 66°F and lows about 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online route maker .

Getting from Ouray to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Trails
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): trek along Grottos Trail and then sample the tasty concoctions at Aspen Brewing Company.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail
Aspen Brewing Company ©
Aspen Brewing Company

3
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a world frozen in time at Gothic, then sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers, and then take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Crested Butte trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Aspen to Crested Butte in 4.5 hours. In September in Crested Butte, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Gunnison
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Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Gunnison Pioneer Museum ©
Gunnison Pioneer Museum
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum ©

1
night
Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Mineral Belt Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Twin Lakes online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Twin Lakes takes 3 hours. When traveling from Crested Butte in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Twin Lakes: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Twin Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Leadville

3
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curecanti National Recreation Area. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Lake City Cutoff and then trek along Hermit's Rest.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Gunnison road trip app .

Getting from Twin Lakes to Gunnison by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Twin Lakes in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gunnison: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 38°F at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake City Cutoff
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Curecanti National Recreation Area ©
Curecanti National Recreation Area

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