13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 23rd (Thu), browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs travel route planning website .

Minneapolis to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Minneapolis in July, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sat), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and finally admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park journey builder website .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rifle Gap State Park, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 50°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rifle
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Horseback Riding Tours
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Wed), trek along Buckskin Pass, then tour the pleasant surroundings at West Maroon Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ute Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then hike along Lost Man Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip builder app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Buckskin Pass ©
Buckskin Pass
West Maroon Trail ©
West Maroon Trail

1
night
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 31st (Fri): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner .

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll around Rotary Park, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, and finally browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Durango trip simple and quick.

Getting from Ouray to Durango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Off-Road Tours
Zipline
Rotary Park ©
Rotary Park

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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, then stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and then trek along Fourmile Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs travel route planner .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

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