12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker .

Philadelphia to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, plan for little chillier nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Springs Incline
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder .

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. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, trek along Piedra River Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yankee Boy Basin and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ouray in June, things will get a bit warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 89°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©

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