12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Cañon City
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Lily Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. The adventure continues: hike along Cub Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder app.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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 (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, immerse yourself in nature at Steamboat Lake State Park, and then take a pleasant ride with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 79°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, trek along Booth Falls Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail online road trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): relax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then hike along Grottos Trail. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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 3rd (Thu): hike along Perimeter Trail, then see Off-Road Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Cascade Falls Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ouray day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cañon City.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Drive and then see Colorado Jeep Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, take a memorable tour with Tours, then see the world from above with Royal Gorge Helitours, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cañon City driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Cañon City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect Cañon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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.