12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
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North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:
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Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 29th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, then stroll through Steamboat Gondola, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and finally enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 30°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

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Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then hike along Booth Falls Trail, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: highs in Vail hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
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Off-Road Tours

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night
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip builder app .

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Zipline

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Ouray

Ouray ©
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 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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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 3rd (Fri): hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, hike along Animas Mountain Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durango travel route builder site .

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Durango hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails
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nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, don't miss a visit to Park Point, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Prater Ridge Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knife Edge Trail, then trek along Point Lookout Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally trek along Fourmile Falls Trail.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs road trip app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

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