10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner .

Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Detroit in May, expect little chillier with lows of 38°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

3
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. Wilderness Journeys Pagosa has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedra River Trail and Opal Lake Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Reservoir Hill Park and Treasure Falls. On the 6th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa and stop by Choke Cherry Tree and San Juan Chocolate Co..

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs attractions app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canyoning Colorado as well as Red Mountain Pass. On the 8th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, cruise along Red Mountain Pass, scramble along the landscape with Canyoning Colorado, stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, and finally admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cascade Falls Park, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, and then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rifle tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Ouray to Rifle in 3 hours. Traveling from Ouray in May, you will find days in Rifle are somewhat warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vail.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

1
night
Vail

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.
On the 11th (Sat), hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vail trip planner .

Drive from Rifle to Vail in 1.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Rifle in May: highs in Vail hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fishing Charters & Tours as well as Yampa River Core Trail. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs tour planning website .

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Vail in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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