14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains and then stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

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Los Angeles to Aspen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Aspen is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (72°F), and nights are much colder (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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. Take a break from the city and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Bear Creek Falls and Perimeter Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). It doesn't end there: hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail and walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

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Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, then hike along San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then pick up some new knowledge with The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 24th (Mon), get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, trek along Cub Lake Trail, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Old Fall River Road and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 26th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get all the information you need at Breckenridge Welcome Center, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shrine Mountain Trail, then hike along Booth Falls Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vail travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September: highs in Vail hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
On the 28th (Fri), stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park. On your second day here, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, get lost in a book at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · 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.