18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 15​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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. Keep things going the next day: trek along Piedra River Trail, then stop by Choke Cherry Tree and San Juan Chocolate Co., and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pagosa Springs when traveling from Toronto in December, with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, stroll through Kendall Mountain, and then make a trip to Idarado Mine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Silverton, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Kendall Mountain ©
Kendall Mountain

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at The Marble Gallery, then stroll through Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and then sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass, then trek along Lower Loop Mountain Bike Trail, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Union Congregational Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Crested Butte, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Crested Butte in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ouray in December; daily highs in Crested Butte reach -1°C and lows reach -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Marble Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
The Marble Gallery ©
The Marble Gallery

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun): stroll through Sunlight Mountain Resort and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs tour planning website .

You can drive from Crested Butte to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Glenwood Springs, with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Explore hidden gems such as Yampa River Core Trail and Howelsen Ice Complex. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and stroll through Steamboat Powdercats.

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

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

5
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Get in touch with nature at Peak 9 and Arapahoe Basin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Frisco Adventure Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown) and Rock Hut (in Leadville). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Blue River Sports, have some family-friendly fun at Tumble Bubbles, get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center, and stroll through Copper Mountain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge online trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rock Hut, Loveland Ski Area, Frisco Adventure Park, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

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