11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
On the 18th (Thu), trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

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Houston to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Houston, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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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 20th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): hike along Piedra River Trail, hike along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

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Traveling by car from Aspen to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

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Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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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 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

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Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Skyline Drive will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs Incline will thrill your kids. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, approximately Divide away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and walk around Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.