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:  3​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​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 23rd (Sun), fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. On the next day, look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then take in the natural beauty of Old Town Hot Springs, and finally hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs journey planner.

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. Traveling from San Diego to Steamboat Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are much colder (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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 25th (Tue): stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road and then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

2
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 27th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hunt for treasures at Dillon Farmers' Market, and then look for gifts at Ready Paint Fire!. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Montgomery Reservoir, then explore and take pictures at Boreas Pass Road, and then look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge day trip planning website .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for much colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 58°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Dillon Farmers' Market, River Rafting & Tubing, Montgomery Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir

2
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 29th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Gene Taylor Sports, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then trek along Crater Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Cascade Falls Park. Take a break from the city and head to Perimeter Trail and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Step out of Ouray to go to Silverton and see Route 550 Gifts, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ouray travel website .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Route 550 Gifts
Highlights from your plan
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

3
nights
Durango

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 Animas River Trail and Animas Chocolate Company. Do your shopping at Honeyville and Toh-Atin Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Spruce Tree House). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Durango hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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 7th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, then view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and finally trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip maker .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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