10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Vail
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pagosa Outside. On the 19th (Thu), get all the equipment you need at Pagosa Outside, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs driving holiday planning website .

Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Tours
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Pagosa Outside ©
Pagosa Outside

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Rotary Park, stroll through Animas River Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

1
night
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 22nd (Sun), stroll through Bear Creek Falls, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then make a trip to Idarado Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ouray journey planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Idarado Mine ©
Idarado Mine

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

4
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Take a break from the city and head to Rocky Mountains and Winter Park Resort. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Frisco (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vail trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Vail, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Winter Park Resort, River Rafting & Tubing, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

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