9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Boston

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site .

Boston to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
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.
On the 17th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durango road trip planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. On the next day, hike along Cascade Falls Park, make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouray road trip site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the activities along Sprague Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online road trip planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much warmer (87°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): hike along Yampa River Core Trail, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then stroll through Steamboat Gondola. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs road trip website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 78°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Holy Name Catholic Church ©
Holy Name Catholic Church

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