15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 15 min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
End: Newark

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 1st (Mon), fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs driving holiday planner.

Newark to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in June, Steamboat Springs is much colder at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Spas
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

2
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then cruise along Old Fall River Road.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

2
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 5th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Vail Recreation Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then hike along Booth Falls Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vail holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, you will find days in Vail are much colder (60°F), and nights are a bit cooler (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

Boreas Pass Road, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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 7th (Sun): explore the activities along Hanging Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs route maker.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rifle Falls, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Perimeter Trail, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip builder website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ridgway State Park ©
Ridgway State Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
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 11th (Thu), trek along Piedra River Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, then ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

Make your Pagosa Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

3
nights
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.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the ancient world of Long House, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Long House ©
Long House

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