15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Madison

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 12th (Wed), hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Madison to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madison to Steamboat Springs. Traveling from Madison in June, expect little chillier with lows of 42°F in Steamboat Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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.
On the 14th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Epic Discovery at Breck, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge online journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Frisco, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Alluvial Fan and Many Parks Curve Overlook will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Emerald Lake Trail and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Lost Man Trail and then stroll through Aspen Snowmass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade Falls Park and Perimeter Trail. Bring the kids along to Horseback Riding Tours and Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ouray travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect nights in Ouray to be a bit warmer, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

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

1
night
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 24th (Mon): stroll through San Juan River Walk, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

Plan a trip to Pagosa Springs easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
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 (Tue): hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then hike along Animas River Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango trip builder .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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