14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Animas River Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip planner.

Detroit to Durango is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Durango is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Detroit, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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 28th (Thu): hike along Cascade Falls Park and then hike along Perimeter Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip site .

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall

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 1st (Sun), trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 39°F at night. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rio Grande Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The John Denver Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Hanging Lake about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen driving holiday planner .

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. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hanging Lake, Aspen Snowmass
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 6th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods and then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel route tool .

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in July, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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