11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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 (Wed): stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aspen road trip planning tool .

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Shopping Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports
The Emporium And Flying Circus ©
The Emporium And Flying Circus

3
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. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Falls Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ouray County Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. Step out of Ouray with an excursion to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ouray sightseeing planner.

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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 (Mon): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Two Old Crows.

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Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner .

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. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park holiday planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. July in Estes Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Laura's Fine Candy ©
Laura's Fine Candy

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