10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Philadelphia

1
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.
To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs travel planner.

Philadelphia to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In August, Glenwood Springs is cooler than Philadelphia - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hike along Yankee Boy Basin, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Animas Forks and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

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Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

1
night
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 20th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Long House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online vacation 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. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Skyline Drive will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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