9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour itinerary planner
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights


Steamboat Springs — 1 day

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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

Denver to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in May, things will get slightly colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 61°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Glenwood Springs — 2 nights

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 30th (Mon): stroll through Grizzly Creek Trail, then hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning website.

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Ouray — 2 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge, hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and then hike along Horsethief Trail. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ouray route planning site.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Pagosa Springs — 2 nights

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 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, trek along San Juan River Walk, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 5th (Sun), trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, then trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then cruise along Ruins Road, and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip tool.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Colorado travel guide

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.