11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Taxi:  10​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July; daily highs in Pagosa Springs reach 81°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: trek along Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gene Taylor Sports.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then stop by Laura's Fine Candy, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then look for gifts at Brownfield's, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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