10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Ouray
— 2 nights
2
Durango
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
4
Creede
— 1 night
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights

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. On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society, and then trek along Ice Lakes Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and finally trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray itinerary planner.

Duluth to Ouray is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Duluth in July, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Ouray. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Silverton, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, thentake a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway, and then browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Animas River Trail, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durango tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center ©
Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
River Rafting & Tubing
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Creede.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

1
night
Creede

Creede ©
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Creede Underground Mining Museum, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Bachelor Loop, thencontemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, and finally see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Creede trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Creede takes 4 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: highs in Creede hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Creede

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

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 24th (Fri): stroll through Steamboat Gondola, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, thenget advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Creede to Steamboat Springs takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Creede in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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