16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Venice
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  18​h
End: Venice

1
night
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 21st (Fri), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

Venice, Italy to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Rocky Mountain National Park is minus 8 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Venice in September since evenings lows in Rocky Mountain National Park dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

Before you visit Steamboat Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 26°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ouray.

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

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 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, trek along Perimeter Trail, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouray tour planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Ouray by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
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 26th (Wed), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mosca.

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
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 28th (Fri), admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mosca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mosca takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September since evenings lows in Mosca dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Rio Grande Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, stroll through Lost Man Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Aspen takes 5 hours. September in Aspen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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