17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  12​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. Glen Eyrie Castle and Commonwheel Artists Co-op are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: stroll through Manitou Springs Incline, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Colorado Springs is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
River Rafting & Tubing
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lookout Trail, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Two Old Crows, and finally trek along Piedra River Trail.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 32°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

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
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Get in touch with nature at Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Bear Creek Falls. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online travel route planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by The Emporium And Flying Circus, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

2
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 31st (Tue), stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Town Hot Springs, and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs route planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park and then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 37°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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