15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  26​h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  26​h
End: Canberra

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, stop by Brownfield's, then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder app .

Canberra, Australia to Estes Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Estes Park is minus 17 hours. In May, Estes Park is somewhat warmer than Canberra - with highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Botanic Park. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online travel planner .

Do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in May; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 19°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rifle Gap State Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Sioux Villa Curio, then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, and finally explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

Start your trip to Glenwood Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Cascade Falls Park, admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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 5th (Wed), hike along Piedra River Trail, then look for gifts at Choke Cherry Tree and San Juan Chocolate Co., and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) 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
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Honeyville, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then hike along Animas River Trail. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Durango online travel route planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Durango are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Horseback Riding Tours
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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