17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+3
Fly + foot + bus + Drive:  9​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
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 11th (Tue): trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, cruise along Old Fall River Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then get great views at Milner Pass, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park day trip site .

Toronto, Canada to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Toronto in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are little chillier (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 30°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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. Step out of the city life by going to Bear Creek Falls and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Animas Forks and Alpine Chapel. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, trek along Chief Ouray Mine Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and go deep underground at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

3
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and San Juan National Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Purgatory Resort and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: hike along Animas River Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Durango travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Durango to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

1
night
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 (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, then take some stellar pictures from UFO Watchtower, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mosca trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Mosca takes 4 hours. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mosca, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

UFO Watchtower
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Aspen takes 5 hours. In June in Aspen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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