10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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 29th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip builder .

Dallas to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 80°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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 1st (Mon), delve into the distant past at Long House, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 2nd (Tue), hike along Perimeter Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

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night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mills Lake as well as Trail Ridge Road. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Mills Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then trek along North Inlet Trail, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park travel route planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 59°F, while days are warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 Battlefield Colorado and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, River Rafting & Tubing, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
River Rafting & Tubing

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