16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

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.
Attractions like Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and North Pole - Santa's Workshop make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Skyline Drive and Garden of the Gods. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip site .

Knoxville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Knoxville to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Knoxville in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Canon City, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
River Rafting & Tubing

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip maker app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get slightly colder in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 81°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Escape the urban bustle at San Juan National Forest and Animas River Trail. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Durango day trip planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Durango are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Baby Bath Tubs Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Perimeter Trail, explore and take pictures at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ouray attractions planning site .

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
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 20th (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Crater Lake Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in July, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Yampa River Botanic Park. Get outdoors at Yampa River Core Trail and Steamboat Gondola. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls and take in the exciting artwork at Steamboat Art Company.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs travel route builder website .

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Art Company ©
Steamboat Art Company

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