9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 day
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Cortez
— 1 night
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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 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, then explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and then trek along Palmer Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning site.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Steamboat Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk and then see what you can catch with Yampa Valley Anglers.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in October: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 59°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): relax and float downstream with Rock Gardens Rafting, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves and then see the interesting displays at Frontier Historical Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip app.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are little chillier, around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a short side trip with RIGS Adventure CO Fly Shop & Guide Service, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and then test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Durango

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 7th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, trek along Animas Mountain Trail, and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ouray to Durango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Cortez

As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cortez trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Cortez by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cortez can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.