11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Durango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel planner.

Newark to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. In July, Pagosa Springs is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 81°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Million Dollar Highway and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and trek along Animas River Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango route site.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sat): hike along Yankee Boy Basin, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, hike along Perimeter Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouray day trip website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip maker website.

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nightlife

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 29th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online day trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Steamboat Springs, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.