12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Frisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and Garden of the Gods Trading Post. When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs holiday planning site .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in June: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Frisco.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

1
night
Frisco

The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then don't miss a visit to Main Street, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center.

Before you visit Frisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Frisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect nights in Frisco to be little chillier, around 45°F, while days are colder, around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Frisco

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Breckenridge
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River Rafting & Tubing
Room Escape Games
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Tue), get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip tool .

Drive from Frisco to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Frisco in July, you will find days in Buena Vista are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Climbing Tours
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen vacation app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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 5th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Ouray Ice Park, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Ice Park ©
Ouray Ice Park
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

3
nights
Durango

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 6th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center, and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Winter Sports Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
River Rafting & Tubing

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 8th (Mon): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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