12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Alamosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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 Glenwood Hot Springs Pool (in Glenwood Springs) and Montanya Distillers (in Crested Butte). 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.

To find maps, traveler tips, 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 do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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 Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aspen Snowmass, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Montanya Distillers
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

2
nights
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Alamosa is known for wildlife, breweries & distilleries, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and get interesting insight from Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamosa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Alamosa takes 3.5 hours. In August in Alamosa, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad ©
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

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. 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
Highlights from your plan
All About You Day Spa & Oxygen Bar ©
All About You Day Spa & Oxygen Bar
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Fred Harman Art Museum ©
Fred Harman Art Museum

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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 find where to stay, maps, 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 take a bus to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Balcony House
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
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 where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cortez trip tool .

You can take a bus from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. 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

Mesa Verde National Park, Majestic Dude Ranch, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Majestic Dude Ranch ©
Majestic Dude Ranch

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