12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ouray
— 1 night
2
Durango
— 2 nights
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

1
night
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 1st (Sat), stroll through Cascade Falls Park, take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Perimeter Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray travel route planning site.

New Bern to Ouray is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, subway, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Bern to Ouray due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Bern in July: highs in Ouray hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, thentrek along Animas River Trail, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Off-Road Tours
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Zipline

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 4th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, thengear up at Gear Rentals, and then trek along Piedra River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Diamond Hitch Stables, thentest your problem-solving skills at Pagosa Escape Zone, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 6th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, thenget lost in a book at Tread of Pioneers Museum, thenhit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and finally hike along Yampa River Core Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenstroll through Steamboat Gondola, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus. In August in Steamboat Springs, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area

2
nights
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 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Cub Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, thenadmire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc, thenfind something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls and then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online holiday planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Arcade Amusements, Inc
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North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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