7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Crested Butte
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Ouray
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Telluride
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and finally cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

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 29th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online journey maker.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get slightly colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 78°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Aspen

— 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

You can plan Aspen trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Crested Butte attractions planning tool.

Getting from Aspen to Crested Butte by car takes about 3.5 hours. July in Crested Butte sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Crested Butte in July, with highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park at 89°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip website.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray in an hour. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Ouray: highs are around 74°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Telluride tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ouray to Telluride by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Telluride

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, explore the activities along Little Medano Creek, and then trek along High Dune Trail.

Before you visit Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Telluride to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. While traveling from Telluride, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.