9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Creede
— 1 night
Drive
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Monroe

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Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): trek along Animas River Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Durango trip website.

Monroe to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Monroe to Durango is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Monroe in July: high temperatures in Durango hover around 86°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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 4th (Sun), hike along Cascade Falls Park, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then stroll through Ice Lakes Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Perimeter Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Ute Indian Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Creede.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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. On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Creede Underground Mining Museum, then contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, and then explore the striking landscape at Bachelor Loop.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Creede day trip planning website.

You can drive from Ouray to Creede in 4 hours. Traveling from Ouray in July, things will get little chillier in Creede: highs are around 59°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Creede

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

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 7th (Wed): stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, then stroll through Steamboat Gondola, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs day trip planning app.

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 hotter (82°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): cruise along Old Fall River Road, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cub Lake Trail and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.