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
bus + taxi:  2​h
2
Frisco
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder app .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for little chillier days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 61°F, while nights are colder with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Frisco.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

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

2
nights
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hit the slopes at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, then get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Frisco planner .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Frisco by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for little chillier days in Frisco, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Copper Mountain
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Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Frisco to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Frisco in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are much warmer (72°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (38°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs online trip maker .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 1st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall

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