22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Bus:  1 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Ouray
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Yampa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Salida
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Leadville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Denver

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1- hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral Lake Trail, Conundrum Hot Springs and Crater Lake Trail. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, take in the natural beauty of Conundrum Hot Springs, then hike along Cathedral Lake Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glenwood Hot Springs Pool as well as Thermal Spas. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cascade Falls Park. On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally trek along Cascade Falls Park. On the next day, get out on two wheels at Ophir Pass Trail and then explore the activities along Ice Lakes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ice Lakes, Ophir Pass Trail
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Strawberry Park Hot Springs as well as Old Town Hot Springs. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Ouray to Steamboat Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yampa.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

2
nights
Yampa

Yampa ©
Yampa is a Statutory Town in Routt County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Devil's Causeway Hike to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yampa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Yampa takes an hour. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you will find days in Yampa are little chillier (57°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Yampa

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Latigo Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Causeway Hike ©
Devil's Causeway Hike
Latigo Ranch ©
Latigo Ranch

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Blue Mesa Fishing and then look for all kinds of wild species at Neversink.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Crested Butte trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Yampa to Crested Butte in 5 hours. While traveling from Yampa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Crested Butte, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gunnison, Azura Cellars and Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Blue Mesa Fishing ©
Blue Mesa Fishing
Azura Cellars and Gallery ©
Azura Cellars and Gallery

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir and then trek along McCullough Gulch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Booth Falls Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Vail takes 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Crested Butte in September: highs in Vail hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Salida.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dillon Reservoir, McCullough Gulch

3
nights
Salida

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Bungled Jungle. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery and then identify plant and animal life at Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Salida online road trip planner.

Drive from Vail to Salida in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salida, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 48°F. You will leave for Leadville on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Buena Vista
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

2
nights
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Elbert. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Elbert. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Mt democrat alma colorado and then identify plant and animal life at Montgomery Reservoir.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Leadville journey builder website.

Getting from Salida to Leadville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Salida in September, things will get slightly colder in Leadville: highs are around 63°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Leadville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Alma, Kenosha Pass
Highlights from your plan
Mount Elbert ©
Mount Elbert
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir
Kenosha Pass ©
Kenosha Pass

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