18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
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Vancouver, Canada to Canon City is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver to Canon City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in May: highs in Canon City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista route builder .

Drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in May, with highs in Buena Vista at 19°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bachelor Loop and Lantern Dancer. Get in touch with nature at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and San Juan River Walk. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and stroll through Piedra River Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip maker tool .

Drive from Buena Vista to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bachelor Loop
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

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You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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.
Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Toh-Atin Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Juan National Forest and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Animas River Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango day trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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. On the 10th (Mon), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alpine Chapel, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip builder .

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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 12th (Wed), trek along Yampa River Core Trail, get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Steamboat Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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.
Get in touch with nature at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Aspen Snowmass and Windstar Land Conservancy. There's more to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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