11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Canon City
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

few
hours
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip builder app .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are colder (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen itinerary planner .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Perimeter Trail, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, and then shop like a local with Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip tool .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 11th (Wed), hike along Piedra River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park.

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

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip builder .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. In September, Canon City is a bit warmer than Pagosa Springs - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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