10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Aspen is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Manchester to Aspen, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cascade Falls Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, trek along Piedra River Trail, then savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs route website .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get your bearings at Breckenridge Welcome Center. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Boreas Pass Road, and then look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for little chillier days in Breckenridge, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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