29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
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 Routt National Forest. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yampa River Core Trail and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Storm Peak Brewing Company.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs journey builder website .

Kansas City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Steamboat Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be cooler, around 40°F, while days are little chillier, 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 Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
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. Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as The Springs Resort & Spa and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. On the 7th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's more to do: trek along Piedra River Trail and explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park attractions 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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
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.
Get outdoors at San Juan National Forest and Bear Creek Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Earthen Vessel Gallery. There's much more to do: hike along Animas River Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango tour planning website .

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. September in Durango sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Animas Forks. Take a break from the city and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Step out of Ouray with an excursion to San Juan County Historical Society in Silverton--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, and hike along Cascade Falls Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
Get outdoors at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Hanging Lake. Step out of Aspen to go to Fairplay and see South Park City Museum, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and trek along Lost Man Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen day trip website .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit 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
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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.
Downtown Estes Park and The Studio Fine Art and Framing are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Beach at Grand Lake and Photography Tours. There's much more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coyote Valley Trail, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. In September, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Helen Hunt Falls and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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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