16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kingsport
Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Cortez
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Kingsport

3
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 24th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs vacation maker app .

Kingsport to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingsport to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kingsport in May, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 65°F and lows at 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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 Yankee Boy Basin and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get in touch with nature at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Perimeter Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ouray online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
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 30th (Wed): trek along Piedra River Trail and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in May, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (64°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

3
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., then get a new perspective on nature at Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, make a trip to Park Point, and then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cortez day trip planning site .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Cortez by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cortez, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Sun), get curious at Children's Nature Center and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then engage your brain at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Cortez to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Traveling from Cortez in June, Grand Junction is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Grand Junction in June, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The John Denver Sanctuary, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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