9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Make it your trip
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Telluride
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tee off at Telluride Ski & Golf Club, then get outside with Via Ferrata, and then explore the activities along San Miguel River. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Valley Floor, take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum, and then head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Telluride day trip planning website.

Indianapolis to Telluride is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Telluride, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in June, with highs in Telluride at 72°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Golf

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then stroll through Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and then cruise along Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge, then hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Man Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen day trip planning website.

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

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 10th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Emerald Mountain, take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, tee off at Haymaker Golf Course, and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.