16 days in Moab, Colorado & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

16 days in Moab, Colorado & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Moab, Colorado & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+4
train + subway + train + Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Gunnison
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Negro Bill Canyon Trail and Double Arch. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Mesa Arch. Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Windows (in Arches National Park) and Island in the Sky (in Canyonlands National Park). There's more to do: look for gifts at Moab Rock Shop.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moab online trip builder .

Birmingham, UK to Moab is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Birmingham to Moab due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: highs in Moab hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Negro Bill Canyon Trail ©
Negro Bill Canyon Trail

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. On the 6th (Thu), savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Moab to Pagosa Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Moab in September: high temperatures in Pagosa Springs hover around 26°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ouray online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

1
night
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Gunnison National Forest.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gunnison visit planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Gunnison takes 2 hours. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Gunnison to be little chillier, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gunnison National Forest ©
Gunnison National Forest

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City planner .

Traveling by car from Gunnison to Canon City takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gunnison in September, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip website .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Biscuit Basin and Uncle Tom's Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Midway Geyser Basin and West Thumb Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along Artist Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 19°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

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