10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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day
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 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website .

Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park is 3 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in June, plan for cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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. On the 16th (Sun), stroll through San Juan River Walk, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs attractions site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Falls Park and Yankee Boy Basin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Perimeter Trail and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and trek along Bear Creek Falls.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip website .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): cruise along Old Fall River Road and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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