15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
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 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Man Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

Boston to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Aspen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
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. Explore hidden gems such as Cascade Falls Park and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, trek along Perimeter Trail, stroll through Bear Creek Falls, and take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray online route maker .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route planner.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Old Fall River Road. Kids will appreciate attractions like Alluvial Fan and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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 16th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then laugh and play at Old Town Hot Springs.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs day trip planning site .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by combination of car and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 82°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

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