8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Evansville
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
bus + Drive:  4​h
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Evansville

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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 8th (Mon), hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Evansville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Evansville to Steamboat Springs. While traveling from Evansville, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, with highs in Estes Park at 69°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Estes Park in October, with highs in Aspen at 60°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, trek along Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ouray route planning website .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in October since evenings lows in Ouray dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree and then hike along Piedra River Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip builder .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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