8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
4
Ouray
— 2 nights

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, thentake an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Houston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Steamboat Springs. Traveling from Houston in July, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are much colder (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, thentake a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): hike along Cub Lake Trail, thenadmire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, thenappreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online holiday builder.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 August, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, thenexplore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (°F), and nights are a bit cooler (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Thermal Spas

2
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. On the 6th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Perimeter Trail, hike along Bear Creek Falls, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ouray itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ouray, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
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Ridgway State Park ©
Ridgway State Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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