12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alamosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 3 nights

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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Montanya Distillers (in Crested Butte) and Glenwood Hot Springs Pool (in Glenwood Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary builder site.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from New York City to Aspen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Aspen to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Alamosa

— 2 nights
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and then identify plant and animal life at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alamosa trip builder website.

You can drive from Aspen to Alamosa in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Alamosa can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Alamosa

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at All About You Day Spa & Oxygen Bar, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, and then view the masterpieces at Fred Harman Art Museum.

Find out how to plan Pagosa Springs trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Alamosa to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. August in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Spas · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Durango

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sat), stop by Honeyville, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest, and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Cortez

— 2 nights
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and then delve into the distant past at Towac Visitor Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cortez trip tool.

You can drive from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Cortez, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.