16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
+4
taxi + bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Huntsville


1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour planner.

Huntsville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Colorado Springs. When traveling from Huntsville in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

2
nights
Boulder

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the next day, trek along Mount Sanitas Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Boulder trip planning website .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Boulder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Golden, Eldorado Canyon State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Eldorado Canyon State Park ©
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Mother Cabrini Shrine ©
Mother Cabrini Shrine

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Cache La Poudre Wilderness, and then deepen your understanding at Shambhala Mountain Center. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online trip maker .

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Shambhala Mountain Center, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake
Shambhala Mountain Center ©
Shambhala Mountain Center
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or drive. May in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls and then learn about winemaking at Fox Fire Farms Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs tour planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, then trek along Ice Lakes Trail, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouray attractions planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Ice Lakes Trail, Bear Creek Falls
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Ice Lakes Trail ©
Ice Lakes Trail
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum, then take in the natural beauty of Old Town Hot Springs, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

Make your Steamboat Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Ouray in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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