40 days in Colorado Itinerary

40 days in Colorado Itinerary

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40 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  26​h
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h
7
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Vail
— 9 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Perth

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rio Grande Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Boreas Pass Road. On the 28th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, and trek along Difficult Creek Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planner .

Perth, Australia to Aspen is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Perth to Aspen. Traveling from Perth in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Aspen, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boreas Pass Road, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

4
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. Get outdoors at Perimeter Trail and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Explore Ouray's surroundings by going to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, stroll through Bear Creek Falls, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Ouray trip tool .

Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

4
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Bachelor Loop and The Springs Resort & Spa. Let the collections at Creede Historic Museum and Lantern Dancer capture your imagination. Take a break from Pagosa Springs with a short trip to Last Chance Mine in Creede, about 1h 35 min away. On the 5th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's much more to do: trek along Piedra River Trail, see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and view the masterpieces at Fred Harman Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs road trip planner .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

4
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 The Anasazi Heritage Center and Animas River Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Artisans of Mancos. Go for a jaunt from Durango to Silverton to see Million Dollar Highway about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Durango tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Artisans of Mancos, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Long House and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Petroglyph Point Hike and Ruins Road. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Balcony House, make a trip to Far View Sites, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, and hike along Prater Ridge Trail.

Plan a trip to Mesa Verde National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. October in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bishop Castle and Helen Hunt Falls. National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant), Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (in Canon City). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle

4
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 Wyman Living History Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Botanic Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Devil's Causeway Hike in Yampa, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Steamboat Gondola, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Steamboat Art Company.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in October; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 17°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wyman Living History Museum, Devil's Causeway Hike
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

9
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate South Park City Museum and Vail Interfaith Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. Venture out of the city with trips to Breckenridge (Barney Ford Victorian House, Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, & more), Temple Israel (in Leadville) and Frisco (Frisco Historic Park and Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Booth Falls Trail, admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vail online trip builder .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Frisco, Leadville, St Mary's Glacier, 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
River Rafting & Tubing

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