9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Sioux Falls
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Sioux Falls

1
night
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours and then trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, thenadmire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online journey planner.

Sioux Falls to Ouray is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sioux Falls in May, expect Ouray to be little chillier, temps between 55°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

1
night
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 12th (Tue): stroll through Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, thenhike along The Colorado Trail, and finally explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Durango hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

2
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. On the 13th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
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 15th (Fri): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, thengrab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen online itinerary planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Storm Peak Brewing Company.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Storm Peak Brewing Company ©
Storm Peak Brewing Company

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