13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mosca
— 1 night
Drive to San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field, Fly to Springfield

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Steamboat Springs — 1 night

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planning tool.

Springfield to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Steamboat Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Springfield in May, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be cooler, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.
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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 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Hanging Lake, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (46°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Palisade.
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Side Trips

Palisade — 3 nights

Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hermosa Vineyards and Maison la Belle Vie Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room and St Kathryn Cellars. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Palisade travel route builder app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Palisade to be somewhat warmer, around 58°F, while days are much hotter, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ouray.
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Wineries

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 5th (Sun): trek along Cascade Falls Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ouray attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Ouray takes 2 hours. Traveling from Palisade in June, expect Ouray to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mesa Verde National Park and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Long House and Petroglyph Point Hike. There's more to do: make a trip to Park Point and delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

Plan my day in Mesa Verde National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Mosca.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Mosca — 1 night

Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Post Office in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

Discover how to plan a Mosca trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Mosca takes 4 hours. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mosca, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
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Highlights from your trip

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.
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