11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Durham

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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. To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip builder site .

Durham to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Pagosa Springs. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ouray day trip website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aspen road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

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Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in June, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Vail Valley Escape Room, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Mon), walk around Buena Vista River Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Riverside Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Vail to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Vail in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skyline Drive and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planning site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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