14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Columbus

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yampa River Botanic Park and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. There's lots more to do: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online travel route planner .

Columbus to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in November, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 43°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Steamboat Powdercats ©
Steamboat Powdercats

2
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, enjoy some diversion at Stephen C. West Ice Arena, then cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road

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 22nd (Thu), stroll through Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs road trip app .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Breckenridge in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 24°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Honeyville, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango attractions planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November in Durango, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 23°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Durango Community Recreation Center ©
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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. On the 25th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall, take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and then get great views at Warner Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aspen Snowmass and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in November, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 47°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, Aspen Snowmass, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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