13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  6​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Saint Louis

1
night
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 30th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Saint Louis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then hike along Cub Lake Trail, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 82°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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 6th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, then stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then make a trip to Idarado Mine, and finally stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Ridgway State Park, 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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally trek along Animas River Trail. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stroll through Purgatory Resort.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Durango tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Long House ©
Long House

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