17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore the activities along Lily Lake, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan and then cruise along Old Fall River Road.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Core Trail and Yampa River Botanic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Steamboat Gondola. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Town Hot Springs.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanging Lake and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village) and The John Denver Sanctuary (in Aspen). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The John Denver Sanctuary, Rocky Mountains, Snowmass Sports
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

3
nights
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. On the 1st (Sun), do a tasting at Talon Winery, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, admire the majestic nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery, and finally do a tasting at De Beque Canyon Winery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip maker app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Grand Junction: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Falls Park and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Explore hidden gems such as Perimeter Trail and Ouray Alchemist Museum. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, and get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray holiday planning site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Junction in July, expect nights in Ouray to be slightly colder, around 51°F, while days are colder, around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Juan National Forest and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Purgatory Resort and Animas River Trail. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, look for gifts at Honeyville, and explore and take pictures at The Terraces at James Ranch.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango day trip site .

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

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

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