12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
bus:  1​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
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 14th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

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Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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 16th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree 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 17th (Thu): hike along Piedra River Trail, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs planning tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): hike along Cascade Falls Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouray online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway State Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and then cruise along Independence Pass. On the next day, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ouray in October since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): hike along Yampa River Core Trail, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and finally contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs journey planning site .

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Steamboat Springs can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Spas

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in October: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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