11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Canon City
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Huntsville

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen journey planner .

Huntsville to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Huntsville to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Huntsville in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Brewing Company ©
Aspen Brewing Company

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods and then hike along Palmer Park. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District and then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in June, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To plan Mesa Verde National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs attractions 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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: high temperatures in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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 4th (Thu): trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, hike along Horsethief Trail, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary website .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Climbing Tours

3
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center and then explore the world behind art at Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Canon City holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Canon City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pueblo, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©

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