17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h
10
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Sioux City

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path and then take a stroll through Vail Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Ski Cooper.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail trip website .

Sioux City to Vail is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux City to Vail. Traveling from Sioux City in December, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 14°F, while days are slightly colder, around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ski Cooper
Highlights from your plan
Ski Cooper ©
Ski Cooper

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nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then stop by F.M. Light & Sons. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola and then get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Vail in December, with lows around 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then get all the equipment you need at Gene Taylor Sports. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip builder website .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Kebler Pass, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Union Congregational Church, then trek along Upper Loop, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Crested Butte trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Crested Butte by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect Crested Butte to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°F and 3°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers
Union Congregational Church ©
Union Congregational Church

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Glenwood Springs, with lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canyon View Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction trip builder tool .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Colterris Wines ©
Colterris Wines

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hours
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): hit the slopes at Telluride Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, identify plant and animal life at Valley Floor, then take a stroll through Town Park, and finally stop by Telluride Trappings and Toggery.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Telluride day trip planning website .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Telluride in 2 hours. December in Telluride sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Telluride Ski Resort ©
Telluride Ski Resort
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Telluride Trappings and Toggery ©
Telluride Trappings and Toggery

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night
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), hike along Perimeter Trail, stroll through Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

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

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): catch a live performance at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, then hike along Palmer Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: hike along Seven Bridges Trail, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Ouray in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park

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