18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Durango
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Palisade
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Durango

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planning site.

Boston to Durango is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Durango due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Boston in July since evenings lows in Durango dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Ouray

— 1 night
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 5th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and finally hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Frontier Historical Museum, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online tour builder.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Spas · Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, then admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much warmer (91°F), and nights are a bit warmer (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 82°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sat), do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then sample the fine beverages at Peach Street Distillers, then do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery, and finally do a tasting at Talon Winery.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Palisade day trip planning tool.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Palisade in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, with highs in Palisade at 93°F and lows at 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, make a trip to Park Point, then cruise along Ruins Road, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally make a trip to Step House.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in July, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Pagosa Springs

— 3 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Wed), ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hike along San Juan River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum, then contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, then see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer.

Plan a trip to Pagosa Springs easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July; daily highs in Pagosa Springs reach 81°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get outdoors at Boulder Creek Path and Eldorado Canyon State Park. Get some cultural insight at Balistreri Vineyards and Molly Brown House Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, see the interesting displays at Forney Museum of Transportation, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Pagosa Springs to Denver in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, with highs in Denver at 87°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

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.