11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Take a break from the city and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Bear Creek Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: hike along Perimeter Trail, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray online holiday planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

1
night
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 7th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, trek along San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

2
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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 8th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then hike along Lost Man Trail.

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You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Aspen in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daytime highs in Aspen are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 10th (Wed), stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Aspen in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.