11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+4
Train + Foot + Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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. Visiting Perimeter Trail and Cascade Falls Park will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail, don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and hike along Bear Creek Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ouray driving holiday site .

Philadelphia to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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 8th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and finally trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs tour planner .

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip 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. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

2
nights
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 look for gifts at Brownfield's, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and finally shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's

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