18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ouray
— 2 nights
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
3
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
4
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): hike along Cascade Falls Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ouray travel route builder website.

Phoenix to Ouray is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in August, with highs in Ouray at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Silverton, Bear Creek Falls, Ridgway State Park
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ice Lakes Trailhead ©
Ice Lakes Trailhead
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Off-Road Tours. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Grottos Trail, and explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Horseback Riding Tours
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Aspen Music Festival and School ©
Aspen Music Festival and School
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

3
nights
Breckenridge

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Booth Falls Trail will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Vail Valley and Lily Pad Lake. When in Breckenridge, make a side trip to see Vail Recreation Path in Vail, approximately Vail away. And it doesn't end there: trek along McCullough Gulch, get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and make a trip to Oxygen Bar.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Vail, Frisco, Lily Pad Lake
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Vail Valley
Vail Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Lily Pad Lake ©
Lily Pad Lake

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Visiting Steamboat Gondola and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Lake State Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in August: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Steamboat Lake State Park
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Emerald Lake Trail and Sprague Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Old Fall River Road and Cub Lake Trail. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manitou Springs Incline and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Helen Hunt Falls and Climbing Tours. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Pueblo to see Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park, take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Springs Incline
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Climbing Tours
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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