31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saskatoon
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Saskatoon

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 20th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Montgomery Reservoir, then take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, and then look for gifts at Olive Fusion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip site .

Saskatoon, Canada to Breckenridge is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Saskatoon to Breckenridge, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Saskatoon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Montgomery Reservoir, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get outdoors at Yampa River Botanic Park and Old Town Hot Springs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Core Trail and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Change things up with a short trip to Devil's Causeway Hike in Yampa (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, and take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip planning app .

Getting from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Devil's Causeway Hike
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Devil's Causeway Hike ©
Devil's Causeway Hike
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

4
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Get outdoors at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Horsethief Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Painted Wall & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park). There's lots more to do: hike along Perimeter Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, explore and take pictures at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ouray, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Juan National Forest and Purgatory Resort. Do some cultural sightseeing at Earthen Vessel Gallery and Toh-Atin Gallery. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, stop by Animas Chocolate Company, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Durango trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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 29°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

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

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. Get in touch with nature at The Springs Resort & Spa and Treasure Falls. Do your shopping at Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. On the 6th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Piedra River Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning site .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. October in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls. Get in touch with nature at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and High Dune Trail. Step out of Mosca with an excursion to Elephant Cloud Market in Crestone--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mosca trip maker website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mosca in 2 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Mosca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Cloud Market, San Luis Valley Brewing Company, High Dune Trail
Highlights from your plan
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Rio Grande Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 25 min away). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and stop by The Emporium And Flying Circus.

Discover how to plan a Aspen trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mosca to Aspen takes 5 hours. Traveling from Mosca in October, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Rock Canyon and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline, and have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 22°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
River Rafting & Tubing
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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.
Do your shopping at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Never Summer Mountain Products. Visiting Emerald Lake Trail and Alluvial Fan will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Estes Park (Real West Old Time Portraits, Purple Mountain Taffy Company, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, and explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Never Summer Mountain Products
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

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