14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: San Diego

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs road trip planning tool .

San Diego to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from San Diego in July, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rio Grande Trail and Hanging Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. It doesn't end there: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen journey builder app .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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. On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cascade Falls Park and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ouray visit site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Visiting Animas River Trail and Purgatory Resort will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango road trip tool .

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 in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Get outdoors at Manitou Springs Incline and Climbing Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arcade Amusements, Inc and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
River Rafting & Tubing

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