60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Steamboat Springs
— 7 nights
2
Vail
— 7 nights
3
Aspen
— 7 nights
4
Ouray
— 5 nights
5
Pagosa Springs
— 7 nights
6
Durango
— 7 nights
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
8
Colorado Springs
— 8 nights
9
Estes Park
— 8 nights

7
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tread of Pioneers Museum and Holy Name Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Lake State Park. There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at The Crooked Key, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, have some family-friendly fun at Steamboat Springs Alpine Slide, and delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs road trip planner.

Cleveland to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in August, plan for much colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Steamboat Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vail Valley and Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boreas Pass Road and Breckenridge Welcome Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Granby Ranch (in Granby), River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). The adventure continues: stroll through Booth Falls Trail, hike along McCullough Gulch, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, and hit the slopes at Copper Mountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Vail trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Frisco, Granby Ranch, Beaver Creek Ski Area, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Granby Ranch ©
Granby Ranch

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The John Denver Sanctuary and Hanging Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, &more) and Climbing Tours (in Buena Vista). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, admire the local landmark of Mill Street Fountain, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ashcroft Ghost Town.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Aspen travel planner.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Vail in September, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Climbing Tours
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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. Let the collections at Museum of the Mountain West and Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Animas Forks and Bachelor Loop. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Idarado Mine (in Silverton) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Bachelor Loop, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo, Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

7
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. Popular historic sites such as Chimney Rock National Monument and Last Chance Mine are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Rio Grande Club & Resort (in South Fork), Creede Underground Mining Museum (in Creede) and Summitville Ghost Town (in Del Norte). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, learn something new at The Choke Cherry Tree, take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and trek along Piedra River Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Creede, Rio Grande Club & Resort, Summitville Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

7
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.
Head to Honeyville and Scenic Aperture Galleryfor plenty of shopping. The Anasazi Heritage Center and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (in Cortez). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Animas River, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and walk around Rotary Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruins Road and Petroglyph Point Hike. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spruce Tree House and Park Point. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Long House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning tool.

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. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

8
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bishop Castle and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Bring the kids along to Manitou Springs Incline and Museum of Colorado Prisons. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant), Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and Cherry Creek State Park (in Aurora). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Bishop Castle, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

8
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Downtown Estes Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Emerald Lake Trail and Alluvial Fan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park), Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road & Adams Falls Trail) and Loveland (Colorado Cherry Company & Mariano Medina's Grave). And it doesn't end there: get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, and admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Swetsville Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo

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