36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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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.
Colorado Adventure Center has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rocky Mountains and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Visiting Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will get you outdoors. Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Rio Grande Trail in Aspen, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

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Washington to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington to Glenwood Springs. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington in June; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 66°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Waterside Day Spa & Salon. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Routt National Forest. Take a break from the city and head to Yampa River Core Trail and Steamboat Gondola. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats, head outdoors with Backdoor Sports, and stroll through Mount Werner.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Sprague Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Alberta Falls and Alluvial Fan. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Grand Lake (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Adams Falls Trail, and cruise along Old Fall River Road.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Tunnel Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant) and Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center (in Florence). There's much more to do: trek along Palmer Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online route builder.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 3 nights
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 Falls will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Piedra River Trail and San Juan River Walk. Step out of Pagosa Springs to go to Creede and see North Clear Creek Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, and look for gifts at Lantern Dancer.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Durango

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Million Dollar Highway and San Juan National Forest. Visiting Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Animas River Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango travel route app.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesa Verde National Park and Spruce Canyon Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruins Road and Spruce Tree House. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Park Point, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Long House, and trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bear Creek Falls and Off-Road Tours. Get in touch with nature at Telluride Outside and Last Dollar Road. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, head outdoors with Bootdoctors Telluride, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bridal Veil hike, and visit Town Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Telluride trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Telluride, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Ouray

— 5 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Visiting Yankee Boy Basin and Animas Forks will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Perimeter Trail and Ridgway State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Off-Road Tours (in Silverton) and South Rim Road (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, trek along Cascade Falls Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ouray online trip planner.

Drive from Telluride to Ouray in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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.