51 days in Colorado Itinerary

51 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
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Buena Vista
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 6 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
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Vail
— 6 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 6 nights

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Explore hidden gems such as Lookout Mountain and Helen Hunt Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Play Dirty ATV Tours (in Cotopaxi), Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and Roxborough State Park (in Littleton). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, see the world from above with Royal Gorge Helitours, whizz through the canopy at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday builder tool.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Kebler Pass. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cottonwood Pass and Mt Princeton Riding Stables & Equestrian Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buena Vista: South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Leadville (Twin Lakes & National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in September; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 73°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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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. Take a break from the city and head to Piedra River Trail and Piedra Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bachelor Loop and San Juan River Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Creede (North Clear Creek Falls & Last Chance Mine), Colorado Gators Reptile Park (in Mosca) and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper). The adventure continues: explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Old Crows, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

6
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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.
Get in touch with nature at San Juan National Forest and Petroglyph Point Hike. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Mesa Verde National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Cortez (Hovenweep National Monument & Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, and fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durango trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Yankee Boy Basin and Off-Road Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Perimeter Trail and Scenic River Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Telluride Outside (in Telluride) and Ice Lakes Trailhead (in Silverton). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, get outside with Imogene Pass, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Imogene Pass ©
Imogene Pass
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ice Lakes Trailhead ©
Ice Lakes Trailhead

5
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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Rifle Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rocky Mountains and Elk Mountain Expeditions. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Grottos Trail, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mary's Glacier and McCullough Gulch. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Rusty Spurr Ranch. Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Breckenridge (Barney Ford Victorian House, Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, &more), 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum (in Dillon) and Frisco (Windrider of the Rockies & Frisco Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, hike along Lily Pad Lake, see Off-Road Tours, and whizz through the canopy at Zip Adventures of Vail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vail online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Vail, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Zip Adventures of Vail ©
Zip Adventures of Vail
Rusty Spurr Ranch ©
Rusty Spurr Ranch

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

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 Steamboat Gondola and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Del's Triangle 3 Ranch and State Forest State Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Steamboat Springs: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Steamboat Lake State Park (in Clark). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs tour planner.

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Vail in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

6
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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 Alberta Falls. Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Sprague Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and cruise along Old Fall River Road.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in October: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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