11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  31​h
End: Cape Town

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Emerald Lake Trail and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Step out of Estes Park with an excursion to Winter Park Resort in Winter Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park road trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Estes Park is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in June, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Emerald Lake Trail, Winter Park Resort
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Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

1
day
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 21st (Fri): stroll through Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Estes Park to Ouray takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in June; daily highs in Ouray reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors 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
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 22nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To plan Mesa Verde National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 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 June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun), take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online attractions planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Canon City attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, with highs in Canon City at 37°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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