18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner.

Boston to Durango is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Durango. Traveling from Boston in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Durango, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum, and finally hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

1
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 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Frontier Historical Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Spas
Glenwood Canyon ©
Glenwood Canyon

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 7th (Tue): appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sky Pond ©
Sky Pond

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 82°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, visit Peach Street Distillers, then do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery, and finally do a tasting at Talon Winery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Palisade trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Palisade in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Palisade: highs are around 93°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Park Point, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally make a trip to Step House.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Step House ©
Step House
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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 15th (Wed), explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum, then contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, then see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs itinerary planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: high temperatures in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Boulder Creek Path and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. Escape the urban bustle at Flagstaff Mountain and Eldorado Canyon State Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver vacation planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Denver by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Eldorado Canyon State Park ©
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Balistreri Vineyards ©
Balistreri Vineyards

Similar Plans

20 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in United States SEE PLAN June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 35 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 32 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans