23 days in Colorado Itinerary

23 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Salida
— 1 night
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Canon City
— 3 nights
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Mosca
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online road trip planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rifle Falls and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Zip Adventures of Vail and Elk Mountain Expeditions. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Eagle Tourist Information Center (in Eagle), Maroon Lake Scenic Trail (in Aspen) and Booth Falls Trail (in Vail). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Hanging Lake and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Salida.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
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Salida

Salida ©
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with Granite Mountain Outfitters, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Captain Zipline.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Salida trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Salida in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, with highs in Salida at 66°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Granite Mountain Outfitters ©
Granite Mountain Outfitters
Captain Zipline ©
Captain Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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Canon City

Canon City ©

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Take a break from the city and head to Colorado Jeep Tours and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Gorge Helitours and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and hike along Tunnel Drive.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canon City using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salida to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Salida in May, with highs in Canon City at 72°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mosca.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Colorado Jeep Tours ©
Colorado Jeep Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 30th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls and then explore the striking landscape of High Dune Trail. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mosca planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Mosca takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in May, things will get a bit cooler in Mosca: highs are around 67°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Drive from Mosca to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesa Verde National Park and Square Tower House. Explore hidden gems such as Spruce Tree House and Park Point. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike, admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, delve into the distant past at Long House, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planner.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Million Dollar Highway and Canyon Trails Ranch Guided Horse Tours. Get outdoors at San Juan National Forest and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Animas River Trail, stroll around Rotary Park, and shop like a local with Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

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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 (Thu), explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

Find out how to plan Ouray trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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