23 days in Colorado Itinerary

23 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Tampa, Florida

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.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Alluvial Fan. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see State Forest State Park in Walden, approximately Walden away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Cub Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning tool.

Tampa to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Tampa in June since evenings lows in Rocky Mountain National Park dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

State Forest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Yampa River Core Trail. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Steamboat Gondola. Step out of Steamboat Springs with an excursion to Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs planning website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 78°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Steamboat Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Steamboat Lake State Park ©
Steamboat Lake State Park

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boreas Pass Road and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Booth Falls Trail and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Explore Vail's surroundings by going to South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Breckenridge (Oxygen Bar & Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Vail Recreation Path and hit the slopes at Vail / Beaver Creek Resort.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vail trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, you will find days in Vail are little chillier (60°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, River Rafting & Tubing, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Step out of the city life by going to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Grottos Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & River Rafting & Tubing). There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Aspen online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vail in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Animas Forks and Yankee Girl Mine. Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ouray County Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ouray vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Ouray hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): trek along Piedra River Trail, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Hitch Stables, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Fri), cruise along Million Dollar Highway, then explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): trek along Animas River Trail, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Purgatory Resort.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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