17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 4 nights
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
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Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 12th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, then hike along San Juan River Walk, and then hike along Piedra River Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Roswell to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Roswell in September, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 72°F and lows at 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hovenweep National Monument and Spruce Tree House. Step off the beaten path and head to Long House and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to Artisans of Mancos in Mancos--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Ouray

— 4 nights
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 Bear Creek Falls. Get in touch with nature at Perimeter Trail and Imogene Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose), Cornet Creek Falls (in Telluride) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Cascade Falls Park, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, stroll through Horsethief Trail, and examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ouray online attractions planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Grand Junction is a bit warmer than Ouray - with highs of 81°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rocky Mountains and Hanging Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Rio Grande Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Grand Junction to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, things will get slightly colder in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Steamboat Gondola and Yampa River Core Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Tread of Pioneers Museum and Museum of Northwest Colorado. Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to Wyman Living History Museum in Craig, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, admire the landmark architecture of Steamboat Art Museum, and stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planning site.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.