15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
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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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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Take a break from the city and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Many Parks Curve Overlook. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Fall River Road and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: New Belgium Brewing Company (in Fort Collins) and Grand Lake (The Beach at Grand Lake & Never Summer Mountain Products). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

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You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 89°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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.
On the 12th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary. On your second day here, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then hike along Lost Man Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Museum of the Mountain West. Get outdoors at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Bear Creek Falls. The adventure continues: stroll through Perimeter Trail, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and hike along Cascade Falls Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): trek along Piedra River Trail, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs road trip app.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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