36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Telluride Regional Airport, Drive to Ouray
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive to Eagle County Regional Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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Ouray

— 3 nights
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 Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Silverton (San Juan County Historical Society & Off-Road Tours). The adventure continues: trek along Cascade Falls Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray road trip tool.

Washington to Ouray is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in June: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 72°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Telluride

— 3 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Telluride Historical Museum and Bear Creek Falls. Step out of Telluride to go to Ridgway and see Last Dollar Road, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take a stroll through Town Park, contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, and stroll through Jud Wiebe Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Telluride trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Ouray to Telluride by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Telluride, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Park Point and Long House. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, cruise along Ruins Road, stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Telluride in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Durango

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Million Dollar Highway and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, wander the wide-open spaces of James Ranch Grill, and hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Durango holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then trek along San Juan River Walk, and then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Hitch Stables, see Off-Road Tours, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and finally get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip builder.

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Colorado Springs

— 5 nights
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 Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: The Paint Mines Interpretive Park (in Calhan), Rosemount Museum (in Pueblo) and Phantom Canyon Road (in Cripple Creek). There's much more to do: stroll through Manitou Springs Incline, look for gifts at Focus on the Family Bookstore, stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, and hike along Seven Bridges Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alberta Falls and Bierstadt Lake. Go for a jaunt from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Lake to see Winding River Resort Stables about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Adams Falls Trail, cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

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. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs road trip 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. In July, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 4 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Park City Museum and McCullough Gulch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Lily Pad Lake (in Silverthorne), Booth Falls Trail (in Vail) and National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (in Leadville). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, don't miss a visit to The O2 Lounge, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge by combination of shuttle and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 4 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rifle Falls and Rio Grande Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Glenwood Springs side-trips: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & Maroon Lake Scenic Trail). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip site.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.