15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
2
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
3
Palisade
— 2 nights
4
Ouray
— 1 night
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
7
Colorado Springs
— 1 night

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tread of Pioneers Museum and Holy Name Catholic Church. There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, tee off at Haymaker Golf Course, take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, and sample the tasty concoctions at Storm Peak Brewing Company.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Rockford to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Rockford to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler than Rockford - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Zipline. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grizzly Creek Trail and Linwood Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Hanging Lake, see the interesting displays at Frontier Historical Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Zipline
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, thenlearn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, thenhike along Kokopelli's Trail, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Rattlesnake Canyon, and finally steep yourself in history at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Palisade trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for much warmer days in Palisade, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fruita
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Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

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 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, get engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum, thenstroll through Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ouray itinerary planning website.

Drive from Palisade to Ouray in 2 hours. Traveling from Palisade in May, things will get slightly colder in Ouray: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, shop like a local with Lantern Dancer, thendelve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally explore the activities along San Juan River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Diamond Hitch Stables, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fourmile Falls Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs vacation maker app.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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 29th (Sat): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Park Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, thenhike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park route planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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 31st (Mon): trek along Palmer Park and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Climbing Tours

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