21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Springfield
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Springfield

2
nights
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 Yampa River Core Trail and Steamboat Gondola. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park and take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip itinerary site.

Springfield to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Steamboat Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Springfield in May, plan for little chillier days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 61°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Steamboat Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Steamboat Lake State Park ©
Steamboat Lake State Park
Spas

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.
Get outdoors at Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Fall River Road and Sky Pond. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, trek along Cub Lake Trail, and admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planning app.

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 take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rocky Mountains and Hanging Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rifle Falls and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Grottos Trail & Rio Grande Trail). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 33°F, while days are much colder, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains, Rifle Falls
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, thenlearn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Debeque Canyon Winery. On the next day, learn about winemaking at St Kathryn Cellars, thendo a tasting at Talon Winery, thendo a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palisade online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Palisade are warmer (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

3
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 Perimeter Trail and Ouray County Museum. Visiting Cascade Falls Park and Ridgway State Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: South Rim Road (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Ouray takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Palisade in May; daily highs in Ouray reach 55°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls, South Rim Road
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

3
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.
Visiting Mesa Verde National Park and Square Tower House will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Park Point and Spruce Tree House. There's still lots to do: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, and explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Long House ©
Long House

4
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Million Dollar Highway and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Visiting Hovenweep National Monument and Animas River Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel route app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June in Durango, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 44°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

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