36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
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 Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Treasure Falls and San Juan River Walk. The adventure continues: trek along Piedra River Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, and stop by Lantern Dancer.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip site .

Albuquerque to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in July, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 81°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

5
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 Horseback Riding Tours and Purgatory Resort. Escape the urban bustle at Bear Creek Falls and Animas River Trail. Take a break from Durango with a short trip to Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center, explore the activities along Animas River, and grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail.

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

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Balcony House
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Perimeter Trail and Yankee Boy Basin. Get in touch with nature at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton). There's much more to do: stroll through Cascade Falls Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read Ouray trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, San Juan County Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rio Grande Trail and Hanging Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Doc Holliday's Grave in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. On the 9th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip website .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

3
nights
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Booth Falls Trail will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like McCullough Gulch and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: Frisco Historic Park and Museum (in Frisco) and Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House (in Breckenridge). There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Frisco, Breckenridge
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Core Trail and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Lake State Park. Go for a jaunt from Steamboat Springs to Clark to see Elk River Guest Ranch about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, sample the tasty concoctions at Butcherknife Brewing Company, and look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker .

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. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Clark, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Steamboat Lake State Park ©
Steamboat Lake State Park
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and New Belgium Brewing. Take a break from the city and head to Old Fall River Road and Alberta Falls. When in Rocky Mountain National Park, make a side trip to see Horsetooth Mountain Open Space in Fort Collins, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 89°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Fort Collins
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Manitou Springs Incline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skyline Drive and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

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. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Skyline Drive, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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