11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Alva
Drive:  13​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Silverton
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Montrose
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Alva

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 21st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs online trip planner .

Alva to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Alva in July, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 81°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
Durango

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), examine the collection at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Silverton.

Things to do in Durango

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Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center ©

1
night
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Tue), stop by Route 550 Gifts and then make a trip to Idarado Mine.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Silverton online trip maker .

Getting from Durango to Silverton by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Durango, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Silverton, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Silverton

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San Juan County Historical Society ©
Middleton Motorsports ©
Middleton Motorsports
Idarado Mine ©
Idarado Mine

3
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. Visit Animas Forks and Alpine Chapel for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Uncompahgre Gorge and Bear Creek Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo (in Lake City) and Telluride (Valley Floor & Cornet Creek Falls). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ouray online road trip planner .

Getting from Silverton to Ouray by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montrose.

Things to do in Ouray

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Telluride, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

2
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Sun), tee off at Bridges Golf & Country Club and then stroll through Ute Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Ute Indian Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Montrose County Historical Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montrose trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Montrose in an hour. Traveling from Ouray in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Montrose: highs are around 89°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Outdoors Golf Museums
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Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum
Montrose County Historical Museum ©
Montrose County Historical Museum
Bridges Golf & Country Club ©
Bridges Golf & Country Club

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night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park route app .

Getting from Montrose to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about an hour. In July in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 60°F at night. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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