32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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 31st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, explore the ancient world of Long House, and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary app .

Tucson to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tucson in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 90°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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.
Scenic Aperture Gallery and Earthen Vessel Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and San Juan National Forest. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, stop by Animas Chocolate Company, and hike along Animas River Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
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 outdoors at The Springs Resort & Spa and Treasure Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedra River Trail and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, and stop by Lantern Dancer.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs travel planner .

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouray.

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
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Perimeter Trail and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rio Grande Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The John Denver Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Doc Holliday's Grave & Hanging Lake). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, stop by Snowmass Sports, and explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake 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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Frisco Historic Park and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Vail: Breckenridge (Breckenridge Welcome Center & McCullough Gulch) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay).

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Frisco, Breckenridge, Leadville, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yampa River Core Trail and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Get in touch with nature at Yampa River Botanic Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Steamboat Gondola, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs road trip planning site .

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vail in August: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Emerald Lake Trail and Alluvial Fan. Take a break from the city and head to Old Fall River Road and Sprague Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland) and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

4
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 Skyline Drive and Manitou Springs Incline will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Helen Hunt Falls and Red Rock Canyon. There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs driving holiday 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; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Skyline Drive
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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