18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Fly:  8​h
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Roanoke

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Conundrum Hot Springs, Hunter Creek Trail, Cathedral Lake Trail, and other attractions. On the 27th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Conundrum Hot Springs, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, trek along Cathedral Lake Trail, then stroll through Hunter Creek Trail, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and finally see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Walking Mountains Science Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beaver Creek Chapel, and then take a stroll through Vail Valley.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen route tool .

Roanoke to Aspen is an approximately 8-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 Roanoke to Aspen. While traveling from Roanoke, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. On the 29th (Sat), you're off toGlenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Vail Valley
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Walking Mountains Science Center ©
Walking Mountains Science Center
Beaver Creek Chapel ©
Beaver Creek Chapel

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.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, examine the collection at Frontier Historical Museum, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip app .

Getting from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery
Frontier Historical Museum ©
Frontier Historical Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, then go deep underground at Idarado Mine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Black Bear Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then have fun at Ouray Ice Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planning site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Telluride, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

2
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 2nd (Wed), stroll through Fourmile Falls Trail, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs journey planner .

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

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 4th (Fri), cruise along Ruins Road, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, make a trip to Step House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Long House ©
Long House
Step House ©
Step House

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, then examine the collection at MacGregor Ranch Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Elkins Distilling Co. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection, and then get engrossed in the history at Estes Park Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Estes Park Museum ©
Estes Park Museum
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery

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.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rocky Mountain National Park using our trip planner.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short distance from Estes Park. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Calypso Cascades ©
Calypso Cascades
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): engage your brain at Peterson Air & Space Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cheyenne Mountain, and then hike along Palmer Park. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and finally examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park

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