9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Colorado Springs, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 1 night
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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 24th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan and then cruise along Old Fall River Road. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then trek along Cub Lake Trail, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip app.

Minneapolis to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Rocky Mountain National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
On the 26th (Mon), push the limits with an extreme tour, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, then explore the galleries of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 82°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
On the 28th (Wed), stroll through Crater Lake Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then stroll through Rio Grande Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then trek along Grottos Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Aspen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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 July in Aspen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Piedra River Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip builder.

Getting from Aspen to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Ouray

— 1 night
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 31st (Sat): trek along Cascade Falls Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side 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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): head outdoors with Telluride Outside, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jud Wiebe Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Telluride trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Telluride are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.