10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

London
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Cortez
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Ouray
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Leadville
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
London

2
days
Cortez

Cortez
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the galleries of Cortez Cultural Center, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum..

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cortez trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Cortez is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dolores, Mesa Verde National Park
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2
days
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray, Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Mon), trek along Bear Creek Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, stroll through Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Cortez in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

1
day
Grand Junction

Grand Junction
The City of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Junction sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ouray to Grand Junction by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, Grand Junction is a bit warmer than Ouray - with highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Meadery of the Rockies
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Meadery of the Rockies
Meadery of the Rockies

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and then tour the water at your own pace with Blue Sky Adventures.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs vacation planner.

Getting from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Grand Junction in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are much colder, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Blue Sky Adventures
Blue Sky Adventures

2
days
Leadville

Leadville ©
The historic City of Leadville is the Statutory City that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum and then stroll through Booth Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple Israel Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Leadville itinerary planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Leadville by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Leadville, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leadville

Museums Trails Parks

Side Trips

Booth Falls Trail, Frisco Historic Park and Museum
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