11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Joplin
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
End: Joplin

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 12th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning site .

Joplin to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Joplin in September, expect Pagosa Springs to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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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 14th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday maker .

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, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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 15th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then stroll through Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ouray tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip maker .

Drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Room Escape Games

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