12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary planning app .

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks
Highlights from your plan
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Fri), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Talon Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Palisade online route planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Palisade takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Palisade: highs are around 89°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then stroll through Perimeter Trail, and finally examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

Plan a Ouray trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Palisade to Ouray in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Palisade in August; daily highs in Ouray reach 70°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hike along Piedra River Trail, explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: trek along San Juan River Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Long House and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Petroglyph Point Hike. Explore Mesa Verde National Park's surroundings by going to Cortez (Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum & Hovenweep National Monument). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, then go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

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