17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Roswell
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Roswell

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 12th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs day trip planning app .

Roswell to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Roswell in September, things will get little chillier in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 72°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bachelor Loop
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Artisans of Mancos. Step out of the city life by going to Hovenweep National Monument and Petroglyph Point Hike. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Balcony House, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

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. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Artisans of Mancos, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

4
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 outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step out of Ouray to go to Telluride and see Cornet Creek Falls, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and get outside with Imogene Pass.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ouray, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

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

Drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect Grand Junction to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Hanging Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Rocky Mountains. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Gondola. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Living History Museum. There's still lots to do: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and explore the world behind art at Steamboat Art Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online visit planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Craig
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Wyman Living History Museum ©
Wyman Living History Museum

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