7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Monarch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: Sioux City

2
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.
On the 17th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen vacation planner .

Sioux City to Aspen is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sioux City in September, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Monarch.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Monarch

Monarch ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Monarch Pass.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monarch sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Monarch takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Monarch, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Monarch

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Monarch Pass ©
Monarch Pass

1
night
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. On the 20th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monarch to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Museums
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
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. On the 21st (Fri), trek along Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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