8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Yampa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
End: Colorado Springs

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bear Lake. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and then get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume Trading Post.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning tool .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yampa.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
day
Yampa

Yampa ©
Yampa is a Statutory Town in Routt County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Thu), stroll through Devil's Causeway Hike.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yampa trip planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yampa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Yampa hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Yampa

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Devil's Causeway Hike ©
Devil's Causeway Hike

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thermal Spas. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs itinerary builder .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Grand Junction, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Yampa.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Nature Parks

Side Trip

Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Whitewater Hill Vineyards, then stroll around Canyon View Park, and finally do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery. Keep things going the next day: stop by Enstrom's, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and finally take in breathtaking views at Dominguez Canyon.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction route planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Grand Junction hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Two Rivers Winery ©
Two Rivers Winery
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

1
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. On the 2nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail, and finally hike along Perimeter Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Junction in September: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 66°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ouray in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 79°F and lows at 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Shopping

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post

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