11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs route site .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements, Inc, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 29th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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 30th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along San Juan River Walk, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Pagosa Springs takes 4.5 hours. In September, Pagosa Springs is a bit cooler than Canon City - with highs of 72°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

4
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Cascade Falls Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, trek along Bear Creek Falls, stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray tour planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On your second day here, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail and then stroll through Rio Grande Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in October, Aspen is a bit cooler at night with lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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