17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
5
Creede
— 1 night
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step out of the city life by going to Steamboat Gondola and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Routt National Forest and Yampa River Core Trail. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs road trip planning app.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for little chillier days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

3
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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.
Visiting Emerald Lake Trail and Sprague Lake will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Fall River Road and Sky Pond. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park vacation planner.

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 September, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Crater Lake Trail. Get in touch with nature at Rio Grande Trail and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and stroll through Grottos Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, Aspen is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

3
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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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Imogene Pass. Take a break from the city and head to Bear Creek Falls and Ridgway State Park. There's much more to do: trek along Cascade Falls Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, and stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Creede.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Imogene Pass ©
Imogene Pass
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

1
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Creede

Creede ©
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bachelor Loop, then contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, then see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at North Clear Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Creede online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Creede in 4 hours. Traveling from Ouray in September, things will get little chillier in Creede: highs are around 50°F and lows about 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Creede

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

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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. On the 16th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then stroll through Diamond Hitch Stables, and finally stroll through Piedra River Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip site.

You can drive from Creede to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Creede, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Long House, explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, and then stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool.

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. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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