15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
2
Ouray
— 5 nights
3
Aspen
— 1 night
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights

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 22nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, thencruise along Ruins Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Rockford to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rockford to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rockford in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be little chillier, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

5
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Popular historic sites such as Ouray County Museum and Yankee Girl Mine are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Silverton (San Juan County Historical Society & Molas Pass). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along San Juan Skyway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, and hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip maker app.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Silverton, Bear Creek Falls, San Juan Skyway
Highlights from your plan
San Juan County Historical Society ©
San Juan County Historical Society
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

1
night
Aspen

Aspen
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): trek along Linkins Lake Trail, trek along Lost Man Trail, thenstroll through The John Denver Sanctuary, and finally hike along Ute Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around °F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 30th (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, head outdoors with Backdoor Sports, and then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the activities along Sky Pond, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, thenidentify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, thenadmire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, thensteep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site, and finally hike along Tundra Communities Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder site.

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 July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sky Pond ©
Sky Pond

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