12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Palisade
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h
End: London

2
nights
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 20th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner .

London, UK to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be little chillier, around -1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
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. On the 22nd (Sun), savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 16°C by day to -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ouray tour planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in April, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (10°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs route builder site .

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in April, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Palisade trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, expect nights in Palisade to be somewhat warmer, around 4°C, while days are much warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery

few
hours
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 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Palisade to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Palisade in April; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 18°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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