17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ouray
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Diego

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Old Town Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip maker .

San Diego to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Steamboat Springs. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) 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
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Old Fall River Road, get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 81°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Fort Collins
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Rocky Mountains and The John Denver Sanctuary. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Spas & Wellness in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Colorado Gators Reptile Park and Zapata Falls. Get outdoors at High Dune Trail and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Step out of Mosca with an excursion to Three Barrel Brewing Co in Del Norte--about 34 minutes away.

You can plan Mosca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Aspen to Mosca by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Three Barrel Brewing Co, High Dune Trail
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

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. On the 21st (Fri), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Mosca to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Falls Park and Perimeter Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Yankee Boy Basin. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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