11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Louisville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Louisville to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in August, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs tour planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ouray route planning website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen travel route planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum ©

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Photography Tours

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bishop Castle and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Canon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). There's more to do: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canon City, Denver, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Bishop Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
River Rafting & Tubing

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