8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Durango
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Creede
— 1 night
Drive
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
On the next day, trek along Animas River Trail, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Durango is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Durango due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip builder site.

You can take a shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs in an hour. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Creede.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Creede

— 1 night
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bachelor Loop, and finally admire the sheer force of North Clear Creek Falls.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Creede online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Creede by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect nights in Creede to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are colder, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Creede

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 20th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Creede to Steamboat Springs in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Creede in July, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are much warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 21st (Wed), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, stroll through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and finally cruise along Old Fall River Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.