18 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

18 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Canon City
— 2 nights
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
5
Moab
— 4 nights
6
Durango
— 2 nights
7
Ouray
— 4 nights


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1
night
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 10th (Mon): test your team's savvy at The Crooked Key, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online trip maker.

Fort Lauderdale to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, plan for little chillier days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are cooler with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Del's Triangle 3 Ranch
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The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Del's Triangle 3 Ranch ©
Del's Triangle 3 Ranch

2
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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.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, thencruise along Old Fall River Road, thentake a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park travel route builder website.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
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Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 14th (Fri), cruise along Skyline Drive, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thensee the world from above with Royal Gorge Helitours, and finally whizz through the canopy at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): tour the old-fashioned way with Royal Gorge Route Railroad and then get a dose of the wild on Colorado Jeep Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip planning site.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Colorado Jeep Tours ©
Colorado Jeep Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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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.
On the 16th (Sun), trek along Linkins Lake Trail, thenexplore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, thenrelax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions, and finally appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen road trip planning app.

Getting from Canon City to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in August; daily highs in Aspen reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

4
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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and Delicate Arch will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canyonlands Ballooning and Balanced Rock Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky & Mesa Arch) and Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace & Windows). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Negro Bill Canyon Trail, and push the limits with Skydive Moab.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moab day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Moab reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Animas River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, get interesting insight from Tours, and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Durango trip tool.

Traveling by car from Moab to Durango takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Moab in August; daily highs in Durango reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Bear Creek Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Cascade Falls Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Perimeter Trail, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Ouray hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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