7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Fort Wayne

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey builder tool .

Fort Wayne to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Wayne to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Wayne in October, expect little chillier with lows of 39°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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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. On the 13th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs attractions planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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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 15th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip maker website .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aspen, with lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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