11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Creede
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Newark

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 4th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen online visit planner .

Newark to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canon City road trip site .

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in July, with highs in Canon City at 90°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Creede.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©

1
night
Creede

Creede ©
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at Creede Historic Museum, then steep yourself in history at Last Chance Mine, then admire all the interesting features of Bachelor Loop, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at North Clear Creek Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Creede trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Creede takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, you will find days in Creede are much colder (59°F), and nights are a bit cooler (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Creede

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls

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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at The Springs Resort & Spa, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and finally view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Creede to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Creede in July, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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 11th (Thu): make a trip 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 delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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. On the 13th (Sat), hike along Perimeter Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

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