11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
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 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray travel route website .

Newark to Ouray is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, Ouray is slightly colder than Newark - with highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: trek along Opal Lake Trail, then look for gifts at Choke Cherry Tree and San Juan Chocolate Co., and then hike along Piedra River Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Opal Lake Trail ©
Opal Lake Trail

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.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then trek along Manitou Springs Incline.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday maker app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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.
On the 7th (Wed), get all the equipment you need at Never Summer Mountain Products, stroll through Adams Falls Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, get great views at Milner Pass, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rocky Mountain National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Never Summer Mountain Products
Highlights from your plan
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Expect colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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