11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Manitou Springs Incline and North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, approximately 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then get all the equipment you need at Never Summer Mountain Products, and then ride a horse along Winding River Resort Stables.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): trek along Tunnel Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canon City visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In June in Canon City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

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

You can drive from Canon City to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Canon City in June, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, trek along Horsethief Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, and then trek along Blue Lakes Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online day trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June: highs in Ouray hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Blue Lakes Trail
Highlights from your plan
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge
Climbing Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Grottos Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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