13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Fly + Shuttle:  8​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
End: Hartford

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Mon), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs road trip planning tool .

Hartford to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Hartford in September, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then hike along Animas River Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip builder .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In October in Durango, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray holiday planner.

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in October, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs day trip app .

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, expect Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 47°F and 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 7th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 39°F, while days are much hotter, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Take a break from the city and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Tread of Pioneers Museum. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour and stroll through Yampa River Core Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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