9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Wichita

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then look for gifts at Brownfield's, then shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally stop by Laura's Fine Candy.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park day trip planner .

Wichita to Estes Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wichita to Estes Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wichita in May; daily highs in Estes Park reach 70°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in May, things will get slightly colder in Aspen: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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 26th (Sun): stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

3
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. Appreciate the collections at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yankee Boy Basin and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. When in Ouray, make a side trip to see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, trek along Bear Creek Falls, and stroll through Perimeter Trail.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ouray trip builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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