37 days in Colorado Itinerary

37 days in Colorado Itinerary

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37 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kiev
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Buena Vista
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Kiev

4
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Bear Lake Trailhead. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kirk's Mountain Adventures Llc and Laura's Fine Candy. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Fort Collins (Odell Brewing Company & Horsetooth Mountain Open Space). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and hike along Adams Falls Trail.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip generator.

Kiev, Ukraine to Estes Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Kiev, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Off the Beaten Path. Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Gondola. And it doesn't end there: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, look for gifts at F M Light & Sons, delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, and contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip generator.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler than Estes Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 4°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at Rio Grande Trail and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and stop by Snowmass Sports.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Aspen custom trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Grand Mesa and Meadery of the Rockies. Do your shopping at Enstrom's and Sprigs & Sprouts Lavender Farm. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, look for gifts at Colterris Overlook, do a tasting at Talon Winery, and immerse yourself in nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Grand Junction takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 41°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

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. Get outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Explore hidden gems such as Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Next up on the itinerary: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, trek along Perimeter Trail, and stroll through Horsethief Trail.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray tour planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Junction in July, plan for colder days in Ouray, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Ridgway
Highlights from your plan
Ridgway State Park ©
Ridgway State Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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 out of the city life by going to Bear Creek Falls and Purgatory Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to San Juan National Forest and Balcony House. Take a break from Durango with a short trip to Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde National Park, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, look for gifts at Honeyville, explore and take pictures at The Terraces at James Ranch, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durango vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

5
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Piedra River Trail. Get outdoors at Treasure Falls and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Take a break from Pagosa Springs with a short trip to Bachelor Loop in Creede, about 1h 35 min away. On the 17th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, and delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bachelor Loop
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

4
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Zipline and Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, test the waters at a local thermal spa, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distilling Company, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Buena Vista in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir and then take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Peak 8 Fun Park.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Breckenridge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dillon Reservoir, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Dillon Reservoir ©
Dillon Reservoir
Epic Discovery at Breck ©
Epic Discovery at Breck

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