10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Wilkes-Barre
Drive + Fly:  11​h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Wilkes-Barre

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.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen sightseeing tool .

Wilkes-Barre to Aspen is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Wilkes-Barre to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wilkes-Barre in August; daily highs in Aspen reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Canon City tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Aspen to Canon City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online route planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Pagosa Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. In August, Pagosa Springs is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
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. On the 30th (Fri), trek along Perimeter Trail, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Chief Ouray Mine Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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