10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly + Drive:  13​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
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Winnipeg

1
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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website .

Winnipeg, Canada to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Winnipeg, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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 12th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs tour planner.

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 taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then trek along Perimeter Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter 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.
On the 15th (Sat), trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater Lake Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Downtown Estes Park. Visiting Emerald Lake Trail and Cub Lake Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing tool .

Drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 32°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

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

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