10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 4th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Ouray, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Ouray is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

2
nights
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 6th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at 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. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Long House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online attractions planner .

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. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 10th (Fri), cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City road trip planning tool .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Canon City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, with highs in Canon City at 72°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Horseback Riding Tours

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