9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key. On the next day, trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs road trip planning website .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect colder with lows of 42°F in Steamboat Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park holiday site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©

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 4th (Tue): go deep underground at Yankee Girl Mine, stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally stroll through Bear Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

Before you visit Ouray, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
On the 6th (Thu), ponder the design of Mill Street Fountain, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, stop by Snowmass Sports, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Mill Street Fountain ©
Mill Street Fountain
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

2
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail online attractions planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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