13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hike along San Juan River Walk, then see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

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Denver to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Denver in July, things will get slightly colder in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 81°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Durango

— 3 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.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and Animas River Trail will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Toh-Atin Gallery. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango vacation builder site.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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. Ouray Alchemist Museum and San Juan County Historical Society will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Yankee Boy Basin and Ridgway State Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Ice Lakes Trailhead (in Silverton) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Perimeter Trail, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray online road trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanging Lake and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (Rio Grande Trail & Off-Road Tours). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online trip planner.

Getting from Ouray to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, get interesting insight from Tours, then get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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.