29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
4
Durango
— 4 nights
5
Ouray
— 5 nights
6
Aspen
— 5 nights
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
8
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Visiting Steamboat Gondola and Yampa River Core Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Routt National Forest and Storm Peak Brewing Company. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs road trip site.

Kansas City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be much colder, around 40°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Storm Peak Brewing Company ©
Storm Peak Brewing Company

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. Explore hidden gems such as Piedra River Trail and San Juan River Walk. Museum-lovers will appreciate Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. September in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

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

2
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.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online route builder.

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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

4
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.
Visiting San Juan National Forest and Purgatory Resort will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Scenic Aperture Gallery and Earthen Vessel Gallery. When in Durango, make a side trip to see Bear Creek Falls in Telluride, approximately Telluride away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Animas River Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durango online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and San Juan County Historical Society. Step out of Ouray to go to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Perimeter Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in September, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

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
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rocky Mountains and South Park City Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Rio Grande Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail & Hanging Lake). The adventure continues: trek along Lost Man Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Ute Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Aspen hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and The Beach at Grand Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Cub Lake Trail. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to The Studio Fine Art and Framing in Estes Park, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, and take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, Coyote Valley Trail, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Cub Lake Trail ©
Cub Lake Trail

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Helen Hunt Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, shop like a local with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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