15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights

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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.
Glen Eyrie Castle and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Helen Hunt Falls and Climbing Tours. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Divide and see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planning site.

Asheville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Asheville in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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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 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, and then hike along Cub Lake Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sprague Lake
Sprague Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Steamboat Gondola and Routt National Forest. And it doesn't end there: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

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. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

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

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Vail

Vail ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at Frisco Escape Room. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour, hike along Beaver Lake Trail, and then whizz through the canopy at Zip Adventures of Vail.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary 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 July, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Frisco, Beaver Lake Trail, Zip Adventures of Vail
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Zip Adventures of Vail ©
Zip Adventures of Vail
Frisco Escape Room ©
Frisco Escape Room

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then take a tour by water with Elk Mountain Expeditions. On the next day, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then trek along Grottos Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online trip maker.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, and then trek along Perimeter Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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