29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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29 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h
8
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Kansas City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Long House and Balcony House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Anasazi Heritage Center and Petroglyph Point Hike. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to Hovenweep National Monument in Cortez--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Kansas City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kansas City in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

3
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedra River Trail and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. On the 8th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk and take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to 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
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

5
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Museum of the Mountain West. Visiting Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Bear Creek Falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, trek along Perimeter Trail, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ouray trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, San Juan County Historical Society, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks

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 15th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Hanging Lake and then stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs holiday maker app .

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Photography Tours and The Beach at Grand Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Trail Ridge Road. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park with an excursion to The Studio Fine Art and Framing in Estes Park--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coyote Valley Trail, get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (81°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Coyote Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 21st (Fri), examine the collection at Colorado Railroad Museum and then admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip maker tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Flatirons, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Colorado Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Colorado Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Railroad Museum
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bishop Castle and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Visiting Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Bishop Castle, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Gondola. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Northwest Colorado and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Explore Steamboat Springs' surroundings by going to Wyman Living History Museum (in Craig) and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden). The adventure continues: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the world behind art at Steamboat Art Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 72°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Craig, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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