10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Denver
bus:  1​h
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Ouray
— 2 nights
taxi + bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Denver

3
days
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Helen Hunt Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary builder.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascade, Manitou Springs Incline, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

4
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Get outdoors at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Maroon Bells. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 57°F and lows are around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
days
Ouray

Ouray, Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Bear Creek Falls. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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