11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): choose your vessel at Blue Sky Adventures.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary maker.

Portland to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. In July, Glenwood Springs is a bit cooler than Portland - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Trails

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Honeyville, examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Durango hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
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 11th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

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Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 13th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then see a world frozen in time at St. Elmo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then learn about winemaking at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Buena Vista takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Spas

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.