51 days in Colorado Itinerary

51 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
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Buena Vista
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 6 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
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Vail
— 6 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 6 nights

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Explore hidden gems such as Lookout Mountain and Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek), Roxborough State Park (in Littleton) and Play Dirty ATV Tours (in Cotopaxi). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Cottonwood Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kebler Pass and South Park City Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buena Vista: Independence Pass (in Aspen) and Leadville (Twin Lakes & National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Cottonwood Pass, take a pleasant ride with Mt Princeton Riding Stables & Equestrian Center, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Piedra River Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bachelor Loop and North Clear Creek Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper), Last Chance Mine (in Creede) and Colorado Gators Reptile Park (in Mosca). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park, and walk around Town Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls

6
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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.
Get in touch with nature at San Juan National Forest and Petroglyph Point Hike. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Animas River Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Cortez (Hovenweep National Monument & Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum) and Mesa Verde National Park (in Mesa Verde National Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durango trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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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. Escape the urban bustle at Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Telluride Outside. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Scenic River Tours (in Gunnison), Ice Lakes Trailhead (in Silverton) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Imogene Pass, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, skim along the rocks with Canyoning Colorado, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray vacation maker site.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Imogene Pass ©
Imogene Pass
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ice Lakes Trailhead ©
Ice Lakes Trailhead

5
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rocky Mountains and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Rifle Falls (in Rifle) and Aspen (Grottos Trail, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more). There's more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mary's Glacier and Off-Road Tours. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Vail Recreation Path. Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Breckenridge (Barney Ford Victorian House, Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, &more), 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum (in Dillon) and Rusty Spurr Ranch (in Kremmling). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Windrider of the Rockies, stroll around Frisco Adventure Park, whizz through the canopy at Zip Adventures of Vail, and hike along Booth Falls Trail.

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Getting from Glenwood Springs to Vail by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Zip Adventures of Vail ©
Zip Adventures of Vail
Rusty Spurr Ranch ©
Rusty Spurr Ranch

6
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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Steamboat Gondola and Yampa River Core Trail. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Steamboat Springs: The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake), Clark (Steamboat Lake State Park & Del's Triangle 3 Ranch) and State Forest State Park (in Walden). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs tour planning site.

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in October, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

6
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Old Fall River Road. Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Alluvial Fan. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Adams Falls Trail, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 69°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

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