30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Botanic Park and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Core Trail and Routt National Forest. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, and browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs travel planner.

Gulfport to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Gulfport to Steamboat Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Gulfport in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 78°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gene Taylor Sports and The Emporium And Flying Circus. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail & Cooper Corner Gallery). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and stop by Snowmass Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Aspen holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Aspen sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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. Get in touch with nature at Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step out of Ouray to go to Silverton and see Route 550 Gifts, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks, hike along Perimeter Trail, and make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Route 550 Gifts, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

4
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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery and Lantern Dancer. Museum-lovers will get to explore Two Old Crows and Creede Historic Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Bachelor Loop in Creede (about 1h 35 min away). On the 16th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and hike along Piedra River Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip website .

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and Earthen Vessel Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at San Juan National Forest and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Durango to go to Telluride and see Bear Creek Falls, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, hike along Animas River Trail, and stop by Honeyville.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Durango route planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

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
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

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 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On your second day here, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online route planner .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Head to Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Never Summer Mountain Productsfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at The Beach at Grand Lake and Photography Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and stop by Laura's Fine Candy.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

4
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Manitou Springs Incline. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, stop by Downtown Manitou Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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