31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
5
Durango
— 2 nights
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
7
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
8
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
9
Denver
— 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Lily Lake. Get outdoors at Alberta Falls and Old Fall River Road. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, trek along Adams Falls Trail, and stroll through Cub Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planner.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Coyote Valley Trail
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail

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 Core Trail and Steamboat Lake State Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Routt National Forest and Boat Tours & Water Sports. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the tasty concoctions at Butcherknife Brewing Company, hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs day trip 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. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 61°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Steamboat Lake State Park
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Steamboat Lake State Park ©
Steamboat Lake State Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Hanging Lake and Rio Grande Trail. Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (Maroon Bells & Grottos Trail). It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip app.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Aspen
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Ute Indian Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step out of Ouray to go to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and see South Rim Road, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Perimeter Trail, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Montrose, South Rim Road, Bear Creek Falls, Ridgway State Park
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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 14th (Fri): trek along Animas River Trail and then explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango holiday planning tool.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Durango hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

3
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.
Get outdoors at Mesa Verde National Park and Petroglyph Point Hike. Visit Spruce Tree House and Cliff Palace for their historical value. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, don't miss a visit to Step House, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park route maker tool.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
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 Chimney Rock National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and Piedra River Trail. There's still lots to do: ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort, and explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel route planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

5
nights
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.
Let the collections at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and Rosemount Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum (in Cripple Creek), Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center (in Florence) and Museum of Colorado Prisons (in Canon City). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pagosa Springs in May since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pueblo, Canon City, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum, Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Do some cultural sightseeing at Littleton Museum and Colorado Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Frisco (Frisco Historic Park and Museum & River Rafting & Tubing) and Roxborough State Park (in Littleton). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Benson Park Sculpture Garden, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and look for gifts at The Soap Shop.

Planning Denver trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Frisco, Littleton, Idaho Springs, Arapahoe Basin, Dinosaur Ridge
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Littleton Museum ©
Littleton Museum
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park

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