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

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 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 contemplate the waterfront views at 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 · Outdoors · Trails

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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

3
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Step off the beaten path and head to Hovenweep National Monument and Long House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mesa Verde National Park: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). There's much more to do: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 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 somewhat 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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Ouray

Ouray ©
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 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Museum of the Mountain West. Get in touch with nature at Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Cornet Creek Falls in Telluride, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Perimeter Trail, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, stroll through Horsethief Trail, and get outside with Imogene Pass.

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

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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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 Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Hanging Lake 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 · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©

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 Museum of Northwest Colorado. Get a sense of the local culture at Wyman Living History Museum and Steamboat Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, explore the galleries of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Wyman Living History Museum ©
Wyman Living History Museum

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