15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Cripple Creek
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step out of the city life by going to Yampa River Core Trail and Yampa River Botanic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Steamboat Gondola and Routt National Forest. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Butcherknife Brewing Company, and look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs route planner .

Kansas City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Steamboat Springs. When traveling from Kansas City in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Butcherknife Brewing Company ©
Butcherknife Brewing Company
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Rocky Mountains. Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Hanging Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Rifle Gap State Park (in Rifle) and The John Denver Sanctuary (in Aspen). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip maker .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Falls Park and Yankee Boy Basin. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Perimeter Trail and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. When in Ouray, make a side trip to see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouray online itinerary planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
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. On the 2nd (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip website .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

2
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation. Venture out of the city with trips to Canon City (Skyline Drive & Tunnel Drive). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cripple Creek trip planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Cripple Creek in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, car, bus, and taxi. In October, Cripple Creek is somewhat warmer than Pagosa Springs - with highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon City, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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