30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manitou Springs Incline and Helen Hunt Falls. Get in touch with nature at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo in Pueblo (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning app .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Spruce Tree House and Long House. When in Mesa Verde National Park, make a side trip to see The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park holiday website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Purgatory Resort and San Juan National Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Animas River Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Durango sightseeing 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, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Piedra River Trail will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and Piedra Falls. There's still lots to do: trek along San Juan River Walk, view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Hitch Stables, and fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Bear Creek Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Perimeter Trail and South Rim Road. The adventure continues: hike along Cascade Falls Park, take a memorable drive along Animas Forks, get outside with Imogene Pass, and go deep underground at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see maps and more tourist information, go to the Ouray road trip app .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

South Rim Road, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanging Lake and Windstar Land Conservancy. The adventure continues: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Aspen driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of 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 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boreas Pass Road and Vail Recreation Path. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Mary's Glacier and Beaver Creek Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vail: Breckenridge (Fairy Forest, McCullough Gulch, & more). The adventure continues: hike along Booth Falls Trail and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vail travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, St Mary's Glacier, Beaver Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Beaver Creek Chapel ©
Beaver Creek Chapel

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.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Sprague Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Lily Lake. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Vail, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

4
nights
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 River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Steamboat Gondola and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Howelsen Ice Complex, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 59°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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