12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + shuttle:  10​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Vail
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

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. To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip builder website .

Boston to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Pagosa Springs, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Step House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then make a trip to Far View Sites, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
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Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Step House ©
Step House

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, trek along Blue Lakes Trail, and then get outside with Via Ferrata. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at San Miguel County Courthouse, then trek along Sneffels Highline Trail, then head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures, and finally admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Telluride journey planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Telluride are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Idarado Mine
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San Miguel County Courthouse ©
San Miguel County Courthouse
Idarado Mine ©
Idarado Mine

1
night
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 29th (Sat): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, enjoy some diversion at Ouray Ice Park, and then trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Telluride to Ouray in 1.5 hours. June in Ouray sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Climbing Tours
Ouray Ice Park ©
Ouray Ice Park
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

1
night
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 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Aspen online travel route planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Aspen to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls.

Discover how to plan a Glenwood Springs trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Glenwood Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rifle Falls
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort

3
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, hike along McCullough Gulch, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Booth Falls Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vail trip planning site .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Vail by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. July in Vail sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge, South Park City Museum, Frisco Historic Park and Museum, Dillon Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

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