10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Telluride
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

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 5th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, trek along Rio Grande Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Creek Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then hike along Grottos Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip planning site.

Atlanta to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Main Street, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley Floor, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Telluride day trip planning app.

You can drive from Aspen to Telluride in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 8th (Tue): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and finally hike along Spruce Canyon Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, cruise along Ruins Road, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally make a trip to Park Point.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Durango

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), get curious at Powerhouse Science Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally get outside with Duranglers Flies and Supplies.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango visit planning website.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. June in Durango sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Childrens Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Fri), trek along San Juan River Walk, ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, then examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs road trip site.

You can take a shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs in an hour. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Balloon Rides and Penrose Heritage Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, head outdoors with Adventures Out West, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.