13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

©
This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Bangor
Drive:  42​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Bangor

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): hike along Fourmile Falls Trail, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then trek along San Juan River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs day trip planner.

Bangor to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Bangor in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pagosa Springs, with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, then trek along Potato Lake Trail, and then explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Toh-Atin Gallery, grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas Mountain Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. May in Durango sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, hike along Horsethief Trail, then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray tour builder site .

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Climbing Tours

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 20th (Wed): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, stop by Sioux Villa Curio, and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then examine the collection at Frontier Historical Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ouray in May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 22nd (Fri), hike along Yampa River Core Trail, then get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs road trip planning website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

Similar Plans

17 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, romantic, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Colorado, Montana & Idaho BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Colorado, Atlanta & New York City BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole & Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans