60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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60 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

7
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tread of Pioneers Museum and Holy Name Catholic Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Yampa River Botanic Park. When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, stroll through Steamboat Ski Resort, and enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex.

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Cleveland to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cleveland to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in August, plan for colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Steamboat Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Granby Ranch make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frisco Historic Park and Museum and Boreas Pass Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Breckenridge (Breckenridge Welcome Center, The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, & more) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: trek along Booth Falls Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, wander the streets of Vail Valley, and fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vail vacation planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Vail, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Frisco, Copper Mountain, Keystone Ski Area, Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

7
nights
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Climbing Tours and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Rio Grande Trail and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Rifle Falls (in Rifle) and Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake, & more). There's much more to do: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, admire the local landmark of Mill Street Fountain, and see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vail in September: highs in Aspen hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Climbing Tours, Rifle Falls
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
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. Get a sense of the local culture at Bachelor Loop and Ouray Alchemist Museum. You'll explore and learn at Museum of the Mountain West and Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo. Step out of Ouray to go to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Cascade Falls Park, stroll through Perimeter Trail, see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo, Idarado Mine, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. For shopping fun, head to Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery or Fred Harman Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Creede (Last Chance Mine & Creede Underground Mining Museum), Summitville Ghost Town (in Del Norte) and Rio Grande Club (in South Fork). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Piedra River Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Creede, Rio Grande Club, Summitville Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

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.
Get outdoors at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Animas River. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). The adventure continues: stroll through Animas River Trail, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, grab your bike and head to Rotary Park, and look for gifts at Honeyville.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durango itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Long House and Balcony House. Get in touch with nature at Petroglyph Point Hike and Nordenskiold #16 Trail. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online vacation planner .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In October in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

8
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Peterson Air & Space Museum and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and Bishop Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cherry Creek State Park (in Aurora), Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). There's lots more to do: get outside with Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs driving holiday planning website .

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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Bishop Castle, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

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.
For shopping fun, head to Benson Park Sculpture Garden or Mountain Blown Glass. Bring the kids along to Swetsville Zoo and Winter Park Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Old Fall River Road, Alluvial Fan, & more), Loveland (Colorado Cherry Company & Mariano Medina's Grave) and Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & Annual Flower Trial Garden). There's lots more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls.

Plan my day in Estes Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo

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