19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen trip tool .

London, UK to Aspen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from London to Aspen, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Aspen. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Great Sand Dunes National Park and Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Step out of the city life by going to Zapata Falls and High Dune Trail. Step out of Mosca to go to Alamosa and see Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 32 minutes away.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mosca day trip website .

You can drive from Aspen to Mosca in 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

High Dune Trail, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

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 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, trek along Piedra River Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip builder site .

Getting from Mosca to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

3
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 Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Bear Creek Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Painted Wall in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ouray travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 27th (Thu), look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, then browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and finally take in the natural beauty of Old Town Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Steamboat Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Beach at Grand Lake and Alluvial Fan. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Emerald Lake Trail. The adventure continues: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and hike along Hallett Peak.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park route tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 32°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. On the next day, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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