14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Flint
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Flint

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park itinerary planning app .

Flint to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Flint to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Aspen travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 5th (Wed), hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yankee Boy Basin and Bear Creek Falls. Get in touch with nature at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Cascade Falls Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, trek along Perimeter Trail, and examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ouray vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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 10th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, trek along San Juan River Walk, and then hike along Piedra River Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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