32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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32 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  7​h
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Ouray
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Madison

2
nights
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 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. On your second day here, look for gifts at Honeyville and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango holiday maker website .

Madison to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Madison in August since evenings lows in Durango dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
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Honeyville ©
Honeyville

4
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. Explore hidden gems such as The Springs Resort & Spa and Piedra River Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Bachelor Loop and San Juan River Walk. On the 18th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Two Old Crows.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bachelor Loop
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

5
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. Get outdoors at Perimeter Trail and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Explore hidden gems such as Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Silverton (San Juan County Historical Society & Molas Pass) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, trot along with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Silverton, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall

5
nights
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.
Visiting Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Hanging Lake will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Doc Holliday's Grave & Spas & Wellness). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, trek along Grottos Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen journey planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
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River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Explore hidden gems such as Yampa River Botanic Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Yampa River Core Trail and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. Step out of Steamboat Springs with an excursion to Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Butcherknife Brewing Company, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by F.M. Light & Sons.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Steamboat Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, Steamboat Lake State Park
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Dillon Reservoir
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of the city life by going to Photography Tours and Alluvial Fan. Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Cub Lake Trail. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday tool .

Drive from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in September, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are warmer (81°F), and nights are a bit warmer (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Photography Tours
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Helen Hunt Falls. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Manitou Springs Incline. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
River Rafting & Tubing

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