29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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29 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Subway + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Aspen
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Visiting Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Gondola will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yampa River Core Trail and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Step out of Steamboat Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Kremmling--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, shop like a local with Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Cowboys & Indians Jewelry, and enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs day trip planning site .

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 78°F, while nights are colder with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls. Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to St Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and look for gifts at Brownfield's.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, St Mary's Glacier
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Wellington Trail, take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): hike along Booth Falls Trail and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Vail trip builder website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June: highs in Vail hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Breckenridge, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Vail to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake

4
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Get in touch with nature at Piedra River Trail and North Clear Creek Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Creede (Bachelor Loop & Last Chance Mine). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, look for gifts at Two Old Crows, and hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Pagosa Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. June in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Creede
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Off-Road Tours
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Million Dollar Highway and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hovenweep National Monument and Purgatory Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Cortez (Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum & Cortez Cultural Center). There's lots more to do: trek along Animas River Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest, examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Durango road trip app .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cortez, Million Dollar Highway
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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yankee Boy Basin and Bear Creek Falls. Get outdoors at Perimeter Trail and Cascade Falls Park. Go for a jaunt from Ouray to Silverton to see Off-Road Tours about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, and get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Silverton, Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rocky Mountains and McCullough Gulch. Take a break from the city and head to Rifle Falls and Rio Grande Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Zipline & Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aspen sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, McCullough Gulch, Rifle Falls, Rocky Mountains
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Zipline
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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