7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs sightseeing website.

Louisville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Steamboat Springs. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Louisville in June: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray tour planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Ouray by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs journey builder site.

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then trek along Animas River Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Durango tour planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Park Point and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park route planning site.

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 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.