16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Steamboat Lake State Park, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online trip planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Lily Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Emerald Lake Trail and Cub Lake Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, explore the activities along Sky Pond, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and cruise along Old Fall River Road.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip app.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Vail

— 2 nights

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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then hike along Booth Falls Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lily Pad Lake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Vail to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are colder, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glenwood Springs are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then trek along Perimeter Trail. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Durango

— 5 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Durango Dog Ranch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spruce Tree House and Animas River Trail. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Mesa Verde National Park (Petroglyph Point Hike & Long House), Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez) and Pagosa Springs (Lantern Dancer, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.