7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
2
Breckenridge
— 1 night
3
Aspen
— 1 night
4
Ouray
— 1 night
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights

1
day
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs planning app.

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Steamboat Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then soar above the sights with Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, then trek along McCullough Gulch, and finally admire all the interesting features of Boreas Pass Road.

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You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, you will find days in Breckenridge are little chillier (47°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
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Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides ©
Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides

1
night
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 6th (Tue), hike along Lost Man Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and finally hike along Rio Grande Trail.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aspen travel route builder website.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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. On the 7th (Wed), trek along Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouray itinerary builder app.

Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ouray when traveling from Aspen in October, with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Mesa Verde National Park and Long House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and Step House. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Park Point and explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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