31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
5
Durango
— 2 nights
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
7
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
8
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
9
Denver
— 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Chapel on the Rock. Get outdoors at Alberta Falls and Adams Falls Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sprague Lake, admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, trek along North Inlet Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In May, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Coyote Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls 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.
Visiting Yampa River Core Trail and Routt National Forest will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Butcherknife Brewing Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

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
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Rio Grande Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Hanging Lake and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (Maroon Bells & Grottos Trail). It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip app.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Ute Indian Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step out of Ouray to go to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and see South Rim Road, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Perimeter Trail, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Montrose, Bear Creek Falls, South Rim Road, Ridgway State Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along Animas River Trail and then explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango holiday planning tool.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Durango hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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.
Get outdoors at Mesa Verde National Park and Petroglyph Point Hike. Visit Spruce Tree House and Far View Sites for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and make a trip to Step House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Chimney Rock National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and San Juan River Walk. There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort, and hike along Piedra River Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

5
nights
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.
Let the collections at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Helen Hunt Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant), Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center (in Florence) and Canon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Museum of Colorado Prisons). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Rosemount Museum, walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pueblo, Canon City, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Do some cultural sightseeing at Littleton Museum and Colorado Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Frisco (Frisco Historic Park and Museum & River Rafting & Tubing) and Roxborough State Park (in Littleton). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Benson Park Sculpture Garden, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and look for gifts at The Soap Shop.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Frisco, Littleton, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Littleton Museum ©
Littleton Museum
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park

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