11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbia
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
4
Frisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Columbia

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Wed), stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ouray trip planner .

Columbia to Ouray is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Columbia in May, with highs in Ouray at 55°F and lows at 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
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. On the 31st (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, explore and take pictures at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Frisco.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Frisco travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Mesa Verde National Park to Frisco in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Frisco are much colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge Welcome Center
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canon City online travel planner .

You can drive from Frisco to Canon City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Frisco in June: highs in Canon City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online journey planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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