10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Ouray
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray travel planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In May, Ouray is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and finally explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Long House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then make a trip to Park Point.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, hike along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cañon City travel route builder app.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Cañon City in 4 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, things will get a bit warmer in Cañon City: highs are around 72°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cañon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.